A couple has been banned from a Walmart store in Minnesota after they were spotted walking around the shop wearing swastika face masks, a highly offensive symbol representing the Nazi party.
After shopping in their local Walmart store wearing swastika face masks, a couple was banned from the store after parading the highly offensive symbol.
Footage from the store in Marshall, Minnesota, shows as the shameless couple walks around the store parading the red face coverings.
In the footage, stunned shoppers can be seen gasping at the pair as they pay for their goods at the checkout.
A man can be heard off-camera stating: “You’re sick. You have an illness, you can’t be American and wear that mask.”
In response to the comment, the woman turns to face the man and throws her arms up in the air. She then flashes her middle finger directly at the camera. Her partner also raises his arm into the air and then carries on shopping in the store.
The off-camera man continues: “We literally had a war about this.”
The woman is shown mumbling something to herself as a second man, who is also off-camera, replies: “My grandfather killed Nazis.”
Another shopper than says: “You’re literally wearing a Nazi flag right now.”
Hearing the comments insisting she’s a Nazi for parading the symbol, she says: “If you vote for Biden, you’re going to be [living] in Nazi Germany. That’s what it’s going to be like.”
A woman off-camera then says how “incredibly offensive” she finds the mask.
According to the Star Tribune, the 56-year-old man and the 64-year-old woman were interrogated by police and were told if they were to set foot in the Walmart store again, they would be arrested.
Ms Mueller, a vicar, shared the footage onto Facebook. She wrote: “I was born and raised in Germany, and I grew up hearing about my great-grandmother who fought in the underground against the first wave of Nazis in the 1930s and 40s.
“Let me make this abundantly clear once and for all – THE SWASTIKA IS A HATE SYMBOL AND YOU DO NOT FLY THE FLAG, YOU DO NOT WEAR THE SYMBOL ANYWHERE ON YOUR BODY, YOU DO NOT USE OR DEFEND THIS SYMBOL, EVER. END OF STORY.”
The woman then added that the store manager “didn’t have the power to keep them out, regardless of what mask they were wearing” but she planned on calling the customer service hotline in order to “work my way as far to the top of the food chain as I can”.
She continued: “They won’t (shouldn’t?) allow people without face masks now that their new rule is in effect, offensive masks should be in the same category as no masks.”
A Walmart spokesperson issued a statement to KARE which read: “What happened today at our store in Marshall, MN is unacceptable.
“We strive to provide a safe and comfortable shopping environment for all our customers and will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment in any aspect of our business.”
“We are asking everyone to wear face coverings when they enter our stores for their safety and the safety of others and it’s unfortunate that some individuals have taken this pandemic as an opportunity to create a distressing situation for customers and associates in our store.”