Couple Wearing Swastika Masks Banned From Walmart
“I’m not a Nazi!” declares a woman in a Walmart checkout line. To meet the facial covering requirement, she’s wearing a red flag emblazoned with a swastika, tied around her head. “If you vote for Joe Biden you’re going to be living in Nazi Germany,” the shopper declares in a viral video. Now she and her less-vocal but also swastika-wearing shopping partner are banned from Walmart.
In Marshall, Minnesota, vicar Raphaela Mueller was shopping at Walmart when she spotted two other shoppers using Nazi flags as face masks. Mueller filmed, according to the Star Tribune, while shoppers confronted the couple. The swastika-bearers responded by showing their middle fingers and warning against supporting Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential Election. One shopper can be heard on video saying that their grandfather killed Nazis. Then the women with the Nazi flag responds, “I’m not a Nazi. I’m trying to tell people what’s gonna happen to America.”
“You’re wearing a swastika,” a shopper off-camera points out.
Edit, since this is going much further than I thought it would (and the trolls and haters are starting to roll in): 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.
Posted by Raphaela Mueller on Saturday, July 25, 2020
As the video was being recorded, police were responding. The couple was served trespass notices — the form Walmart and other retailers can use to ban shoppers without having to press charges. A person served a trespass notice can be charged if they enter the premises again.
According to CBS Minnesota, Walmart also issued a public statement.
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.