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)


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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.”

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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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