Mum’s horror as Man Utd elf toy package defaced with Hitler moustache and Nazi symbols
A mum is furious after receiving an Elf on the Shelf package intended for her five-year-old son defaced with Nazi symbols.
Lisa Davies, 41, ordered a Man Utd edition of the toy from retail giant Sports Direct for Christmas.
But the mum claims when she opened the sealed parcel she found the package for the toy had been covered with Nazi symbols and references to Hitler, reports Wales Online.
A swastika drawn over a Manchester United badge on the box, and the words “Christmas Adolf” instead of “Christmas Elf”, “Hitler’s Workshop” instead of “Winners Workshop”, and a black “Hitler moustache” had been added.
The mum said she didn’t notice what had been drawn on the box at first.
She said: “I just thought it was a shame that there was black pen all over the box, but then I looked closer and couldn’t believe my eyes – I was in shock.
“I took pictures and sent them to my partner and my family who all said that it was shocking and that they couldn’t believe it.”
Ms Davies said she thought a disgruntled employee or a football fan with an aversion to Man United might have defaced the box.
But she said the symbols were no laughing matter.
“I thought maybe it was just someone who really doesn’t like Man Utd, but those symbols are so disgusting that it made me feel sick, there is no excuse, it is not a joke,” said the mum.
The swastika is an ancient icon in some cultures such as Hinduism and Buddhism, but was adopted by the Germany Nazi Party in the 1930s and went on symbolise the Aryan race, Nazism and anti-Semitism.
It is now considered a symbol of hate and white supremacy and, because of the stigma, it is prohibited in countries like Germany.
Ms Davies, who lives in Swiss Valley, Llanelli, Wales, contacted the police’s non-emergency line 101 and Sports Direct.
“I didn’t know if it was a crime but it did make me feel paranoid. I know it’s not possible but in my head I was thinking what if someone got my address and sent that to me on purpose – it did go through my mind.
“I’m just glad I opened the box before because I wouldn’t have wanted my son to see it, I don’t even want it in my house, I am so angry about it.”
A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police confirmed a report of a hate incident had been received on October 2 which had been recorded.
After contacting Sports Direct, Lisa was offered a replacement elf the next day and a £25 gift voucher.
A response from Sports Direct to Lisa read: “I am very sorry to see your item has arrived in this condition.
“All items pass through quality control before being allocated to an order, this item must have been missed and it certainly isn’t acceptable.
“We would like to firstly offer you our sincerest apologies for receiving an item defaced in such a way.
“I will pass this information to our warehousing team who will look to trace the route of this issue to ensure nothing like this can happen again.
“We are very sorry your item was received in this condition and will be sure to investigate.”
Mirror Online has approached Sports Direct for further comment.
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