Monday, December 15, 2014

'Swastika' wrapping paper withdrawn after complaint

Shopper complains after finding wrapping paper with 'swastika' design in store's Hannukah display

You have to squint to see any swastikas there.  And half of the arms are pointing the wrong way for a Nazi "Hakenkreuz" anyway.  Their resemblance is to an Indian Swastik

Wrapping paper featuring a blue and silver design has been withdrawn from shops after a complaint that the gift wrap featured swastikas.

A shopper noticed the paper in a Hanukkah display at a branch of Walgreens in California, US, and complained.

Hallmark Cards has since apologised and said that any similarity to a swastika was unintentional, adding that the pattern has been in the company's reference archives for several years.

"As soon as we were made aware of the situation, we began taking steps to remove the gift wrap from all store shelves and we will ensure the pattern is not used on any product formats going forward," a company statement said. "We sincerely apologise for this oversight and for any unintended offense."

Roughly 6m Jews were murdered by the Nazis in Germany during the Second World War, and the swastika is seen by many as a symbol of support for the Nazis.

Hallmark, which is privately owned, has roughly $4bn in annual revenue from sales of greeting cards, gift wrap and other products sold in 100 countries.


In India, you see swastikas plastered over trucks and buses everywhere.  I wonder how the sensitive souls go if they visit India?


slinky said...

If you don't like it, don't buy it and STFU.

Anonymous said...

As with the gold "cross", it's all in the eye of the beholder.

Anonymous said...

I think they should tear down these buildings.

Bird of Paradise said...

Q.Whats a liberals favorite drink? A. Whine