New Jersey Woman Shocked by ‘Huge’ Swastikas Found on Towels Bought as Passover Gift for Jewish Friend
A woman in New Jersey was appalled when she found swastikas on newly-purchased tea towels she wanted to give a Jewish friend as a Passover gift, the New York Post reported on Friday.
Natalja Maxwell, 45, said she bought a two-pack of Cynthia Rowley towels from a Marshalls & HomeGoods location in Secaucus, NJ, on April 11 and only noticed the hate symbols — featured in the middle of the towel’s windmill designs — when she got home.
“It’s like six, seven, eight [wind]mills on the towel and a huge swastika,” the Paramus resident told the Post. “Not tiny — like huge, big-sized swastikas.” She added that she did not return the set of Paris-themed towels in case an unsuspecting customer might buy them.
Maxwell sent complaint letters to Marshalls, Cynthia Rowley and the Anti-Defamation League, and is waiting to hear back, according to the Post.
“We don’t need money, we’re just trying to tell them, ‘Don’t sell this stuff, it’s gross,'” she said.
TJX, the parent company of Marshalls & HomeGoods, apologized in a statement, saying, “We sincerely regret the offense this has caused.” The company told the Post it will pull the towels from its shelves and discard them.