Walgreens pulls 'swastika' wrapping paper off shelves

“I came home and spoke to my rabbi," Jewish shopper who found and complained of wrapping paper says.

December 9, 2014 13:39

Walgreens wrapping paper with swastikas in design. (photo credit: JTA)

US retailer Walgreens announced Monday that it is removing all rolls of a wrapping paper from its shelves nationwide after a woman from the Northridge community of Los Angeles complained Sunday that there are swastikas in the design.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes, I had no idea what to do,”  Cheryl Shapiro, the distressed shopper told L.A.’s NBC News affiliate.  “I came home and spoke to my rabbi. He couldn’t believe it.”

The wrapping paper is only the latest in a series of swastika products spotted on the market in recent years.

In October, Sears apologized profusely for selling a ring with a swastika on it in its “men’s punk rock style” jewelry collection.

In 2013, a clothing line called “Spiritual Punx” began putting colorful swastikas (that look, oddly enough, like donuts) on clothing, stickers, and accessories. 

In 2007, Zara was caught selling a handbag that featured four green swastikas next to an array of flowers.

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