PayPal, the online payments company co-founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist, Elon Musk, has come under fire for an advert it aired in the UK.
The advert, which depicts two little brothers trying to catch their parents bringing home presents for Christmas, received in excess of 230 complaints to the UK Advertising Standards Authority.
The Guardian reported that complainants found the advert to be offensive for ruining Christmas, suggesting that Santa does not exist because only parents were seen to be buying all the presents.
Complaints also noted that the advert was inappropriately scheduled on TV.
“We just want to take a moment to say we’re sorry that some people have been upset by our new UK Christmas TV advert,” a spokesperson for PayPal told The Guardian.
“Our ad aims to take a fun look at those Christmas presents kids know come from their parents, and not in any way say Father Christmas doesn’t also deliver presents to them.”