LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A shopper was shocked at what she found printed on Hanukkah wrapping paper at Walgreen’s.
“I saw it immediately. I think I have a good eye. I panicked. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” Shapiro said.
Shapiro was shopping for Hannukah decorations, looking a several rolls of wrapping paper, when she noticed the design on one particular roll of paper. “I looked at it closely and I saw swastikas,” she said.
Shapiro says she can’t believe swastikas made it all the way from the design process to stores.
“To me, it was a big deal. I’m Jewish and I don’t want to see swastikas on anything,” she said. “And to see it on Hannukah paper, that I’m wrapping gifts in for my grandkids? No. That wasn’t going to fly for me, for anyone,” she said.
A Walgreens spokesperson said the company is working to remove the product from all stores.
According to The Kansas City Star, Hallmark Cards Inc. licensed the wrapping paper rolls. The company has notified retailers to remove the paper from their shelves.
“We apologize for the oversight and apologize to anyone who was offended. That obviously was not our intent,” Hallmark spokeswoman Julie Elliott told The Kansas City Star. “It was an oversight on our part to not notice the intersecting lines that could be seen as a swastika pattern.”