Officials for a national chain store have issued an apology after a customer in its Secaucus store complained about a cashier’s swastika bracelet, a local cable news channel reported.
The shopper, who told News12 he is the son of a Holocaust survivor, said he does not want to see the clerk fired, according to the report, but he hoped the incident would help people be more cognizant of other’s feelings.
The employee told the customer, Paul Fried, that her bracelet’s swastikas were not
representative of the Nazi Germany swastika, the report said.
According to the United States’ Holocaust Memorial Museum website:
“In the beginning of the 20th century the swastika was widely used in Europe. It had numerous meanings, the most common being a symbol of good luck and auspiciousness. However, the work of (noted archeologist Heinrich) Schliemann soon was taken up by völkisch movements, for whom the swastika was a symbol of “Aryan identity” and German nationalist pride.”
Sam’s Club, in a statement, apologized and said the clerk “had no intention to offend anyone. The symbol has more than one meaning … Even so, she has volunteered to no longer wear the bracelet while working.”