They’re given attention because of the power of social media. All it takes is some idiot to post one of these towels on FB or Twitter and talk about how the store is mocking the death of a shark attack victim on the cape - if that goes viral, the damage could be way worse than the cost of ditching the merchandise. It’s all financial and unfortunately the people that pay the price are the normal people in society.
Its sad, really. A very small percentage of people take offense, but because they post so much crap to social media, it’s like they have a dominant voice. Really absurd.