Couple filmed wearing swastika face masks to go shopping before being banned from store

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A couple have been banned by a supermarket chain after they went shopping in face masks adorned with giant swastikas.

Footage shows the shameless man and woman donning the highly offensive red face coverings inside the Walmart store in Marshall, Minnesota.

Shopper Raphaela Mueller filmed the pair as they paid for their goods at the checkout while stunned shoppers stopped in their tracks.

A shocked man, who is off-camera, can be heard saying to the pair in disbelief “You’re sick. You have an illness, you can’t be American and wear that mask.”

The woman turns to face him and throws her arms up into the air before flashing her middle finger directly at the camera.

The man also raises his arms into the air before retuning to his shopping.

The off-camera man continues: “We literally had a war about this.”

The woman mumbles something before a second man, who is off camera, replies: “My grandfather killed Nazis.”

While another shopper says: “You’re literally wearing a Nazi flag right now.”

The woman denies she is a Nazi, saying “If you vote for Biden, you’re going to be [living]in Nazi Germany. That’s what it’s going to be like.”

As the unrepentant woman walks away a voice off-camera is heard saying “so incredibly offensive”.

Police were called to the store and warned a 56-year-old man and 64-year-old woman that they would face arrest if they return to the Walmart, the Star Tribune reported.

Ms Mueller, who is a vicar, uploaded the video Facebook, saying: “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.”

She added that the store manager said ‘he didn’t have the power to keep them out, regardless of what mask they were wearing’ and she intended to call the customer service hotline and ‘work my way as far to the top of the food chain as I can.’

“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,” she said.

A spokesman for Walmart issued a statement to KARE which reads: “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.”

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