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November 1, 2013 10:33 am

British Grocery Store Kicks Out Man Wearing Nazi SS Uniform

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Paul Dutton in Asda dressed as a Nazi. Photo: Asda.

While many people around the world celebrated Halloween Thursday by dressing in all manner of costumes and parading about, a British man’s attempt to do the same, dressing as a Nazi, wasn’t well received at his local  grocer.

Paul Dutton, 48, of Cambridge was kicked out of his local Asda supermarket after fellow shoppers spotted him browsing the aisles wearing a black SS outfit, complete with cap and red armband emblazoned with a swastika.

Dutton later took to Twitter to claim responsibility and to complain about the treatment he received.

Under the name Operation Fail Safe, he said: “I wear a black SS armband in Asda twice a week for past three years.”

He added: “I got ejected from #ASDA for wearing something that is good enough for a #Prince 2 wear #Asda are a bunch of #Racists.”

He was referring to British Prince Harry, who dressed in a similar Nazi outfit at a costume party in 2005.

Many Cambridge residents didn’t see his costume as a matter of free expression, but as an insult.

Rosina Rusin, 60, from Milton, told the Cambridge News that she felt it was “an affront” that someone would walk around in broad daylight wearing a Nazi uniform.

She said: “I was waiting in a queue when a lady came up and she was really quite distressed about it. People’s mouths were falling open. You are not going to come out like that unless you want to draw attention to yourself.”

Rusin’s mother was of Dutch-Jewish descent she explained to the Cambridge News: “I wanted to make sure he was evicted. My grandmother’s family were annihilated in the gas chambers and I thought here is this bloke parading about.”

Neil Doron, 40, from Cambridge, saw the man outside Asda. He said: “He was just standing there in all that gear. It’s not very nice. At first I thought it was just a guy in costume.”

Doron added: “I do not think people should have that on at any time of year because of what it stands for. It’s not nice for people in Cambridge.”

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  • Mireille Mechoullam

    The owner of that store did the right thing, Bravo. And yes I remember when Prince Harry did the same. Shame on him. The said story is many high profile people get away with murder.

  • Rocky Lore

    But we all know the store would never kick out a Muslim wearing a burqa.

    • Joseph

      Please, don’t compare a Muslim wearing burqa to a man in a Nazi uniform. That’s ridiculous. Its even ingnorant.

      • Bede A.

        Exactly, what has a national or religious attire got to do with a Nazi symbol which represents murder, torture, extermination and savageness??

        • Joseph

          Nothing at all. I agree with you. You put your comment in the wrong place. You should have clicked the “reply” button for Rocky Lore, not for me. What say you Rocky?

  • Ben Dover

    People who wear this type of uniform or any symbol of nazi past, think that it gives them a sense of powerfulness. What a lonely, poor misguided fool, he is; and is obviously full of shaving cream. WE have quite a few of these ‘sheds’ (shitheads) in Australia.

  • Bede A.

    That can start with the same punishment to Prince Harry (perhaps doubled, given his position and rank) to prove to the world, that one should face consequences for his own actions and take responsibility, no matter who you are, or what status you have.

  • Bede A.

    If it is an offence punishable with a jail term in Germany, where one would expect to find more sympathisers, why is it not punishable with a jail term in countries that fought against and sacrificed millions of lives to liberate from the evil that is being represented by anything that connects to Hitler??

    It is high time, the rest of the world, follow what Germany does to handle this…

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Another evil nostalgic of the atrocity of the nazy ideology regime. Why if the man as some comment had suggest mentally is mentally sick had not be take care from the health authority. Why the forced of order had not act on suck offensive behavior? Is a law there that preclude people to disturb the peace and safety of citizen? Good on the shop owner action.

  • Dom
  • Pam Kaye

    Prince Harry has a lot to answer for. His stupidity in dressing in nazi uniform some time ago, is referred to by this idiot. AND said idiot wants to cause offence and distress to passers by and shoppers. Good on Asda’s Staff for throwing him out the store

    • Elliot J. Stamler

      Prince Harry wore an ersatz nazi outfit, not a full SS uniform, did it only once, at a boozy party, was a teenager or so when he did it and profusely apologized afterward to everyone. No doubt his father and above all, his grandfather who was a serving naval officer in WWII had quite a talk with him afterward. Be reasonable for heaven’s sake.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    .aaaand sent him to back to work at the Guardian.

  • Dom

    When I came out of Asda yesterday afternoon I walked past this man. What is not being so widely reported, but needs to be understood to appreciate the reaction to what is being passed off by some – who weren’t there – as a Halloween costume, is that the man has permanent and highly visible swastika tattoos on his neck and hands.