December 7, 2014 10:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]A California grandma shopping for the holidays was shocked to find wrapping paper she believes looks like swastikas.

Cheryl Shapiro said she was with her grandson at the store in Northridge on Saturday when she spotted a geometric blue-and-silver print that featured lines connecting in a pattern reminiscent of the Nazi symbol.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes, I had no idea what to do,” she said…

Shapiro said the rolls were removed after she complained to managers.

“I told them I wanted this taken off the shelves immediately – not just your store, but national,” Shapiro said. “I was really putting my foot down because I was appalled by this.”

At least one other store in Chatsworth carried the same wrapping paper, NBC4 has learned.

A Walgreens spokesman told NBC4 the company was looking into the sale of the item.[su_r_sky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

32 responses to ‘Swastika’ Wrapping Paper Found In Walgreens Chanukah Section

  1. Beth December 7th, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    It’s a Greek key pattern for gosh sakes.

    • rg9rts December 8th, 2014 at 1:52 am

      AAAAHHHHHHHH!!!! The orthodox are invading!!!!!! AAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!

  2. Gwen Edenfield December 7th, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    what an ass hat….not even close to a swastika

  3. Boehner-Monkey December 7th, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    When asked about the incident, a Walgreen’s spokesman exclaimed

    • CHOCOL8MILK December 7th, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      • Larry Schmitt December 8th, 2014 at 6:24 am

        Like Hitler, John Banner, the actor who played Schultz, was Austrian.

        • Jake December 8th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

          Unlike Hitler however, he was Jewish.

          • Larry Schmitt December 8th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

            Learn something new every day.

    • Anomaly 100 December 8th, 2014 at 7:12 am


  4. CHOCOL8MILK December 8th, 2014 at 12:37 am

    The swastika is a symbol that the Nazis took from other cultures that were using it to represent something sacred. In Sanskrit “swastika” means “lucky” or “favorable”. The Nazis took the symbol used in Hinduism and Buddhism, re branding it as their own. If one were to go to a Hindu or Buddhist temple, one will see plenty of swastikas as it means something very different and has been used much longer by Hindu’s and Buddhists. It’s all about context. In this case, the wrapping paper isn’t a big deal, it’s just a design.

    • Cheryl Turner December 8th, 2014 at 7:19 am

      You win the internet!!!!!! Still does not look like a Swastika though.

    • Warman1138 December 8th, 2014 at 8:04 pm


  5. Aielyn December 8th, 2014 at 1:43 am

    I’m confused – I don’t see anything even remotely resembling a swastika. Can somebody point out to me which part of the design is supposed to resemble a swastika?

    • Anomaly 100 December 8th, 2014 at 7:11 am

      I don’t see it either. OTOH, I have cataracts and my eyesight sucks.

  6. Candide Thirtythree December 8th, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Pareidolia (/pærɨˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-DOH-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.

    Or seeing Swastikas on holiday wrap?

  7. rg9rts December 8th, 2014 at 1:51 am

    What hallucinogen is she on??? Paranoid idiot……study history and learn that the symbol predates the Nazis by thousands of years..

  8. fancypants December 8th, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Congrats ! she got her 5 minutes of fame

  9. Carla Akins December 8th, 2014 at 4:41 am

    She needs to get glad in the same pants she got mad in. Sheesh.

  10. Cheryl Turner December 8th, 2014 at 7:18 am

    ummm no!!!!

  11. Gindy51 December 8th, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Stupid cow needs her eyes examined.

  12. R.J. Carter December 8th, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Perpendicular lines do not a swastika make.

    • Carla Akins December 8th, 2014 at 9:53 am

      I think I may have to adopt that quote to place at the bottom of my email.

  13. Joe Quarino December 8th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    She is probably one of those mixed up Jews who don’t support Israel either!!

  14. BSpelling December 8th, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    A pattern is a pattern is a pattern and that is all a pattern is. Just lines on paper.

  15. Bernhard Rosenberg December 9th, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Different 2g’s, children of holocaust survivors, as well as holocaust survivors, especially those who suffered in the camps, have different reactions. One who has not experienced growing up in a holocaust home or was not part of the holocaust, will not understand the pain.

  16. Bernhard Rosenberg December 9th, 2014 at 6:06 am

    I THANK WALGREENS FOR removing this wrapping paper all stores.paper. Those of us who are connected to the Holocaust immediately noticed the swastika. To us it is offensive and emotionally hurtful. IT may not bother most people but I can tell you most holocaust survivors and their families are reminded of the Nazis. and Hitler. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    • R.J. Carter December 9th, 2014 at 10:56 am

      Rabbi, could you please make it plain to the readers where the swastika is in this tangle of lines? A simple screenshot, with the broken cross highlighted will really help.