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Cafe forced to apologise after selling 'racist Nazi' smoothies complete with swastika labels

Mirror Mirror 28/11/2016 Joshua Barrie

Credits: Campaign Against Antisemitism © Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Campaign Against Antisemitism A cafe has had to apologise after selling smoothies with swastikas on the bottles.

The almond milk and peanut butter drinks were on sale for £3.95 at a London coffee shop called Nincomsoup.

Called 'Nutzy', it seems that one staff member at the Old Street Tube Station shop thought it appropriate to give the product a 'Nazi theme'.

The smoothies were removed from sale after a Jewish customer noticed the branding and complained.

The shopper told Campaign Against Antisemitism that they asked to speak to a manager at Nincomsoup. They were told that it was a pun on 'having the nuts', not in any way a pun on the word 'Nazi'.

"He asked why I would find that so offensive, to which I responded that I lost my family to the Nazi regime and that despite the Hindu use of the symbol, this along with the name of the drink was extremely offensive," the customer explained.

"He said that London is a free city. I left the shop almost in tears and shivering as it proved to me how much antisemitism and fascism is still utterly present.

"That man had no shame whatsoever to tell me that I should not be offended by what I saw, when the use of the swastika and the name of that drink is clearly not a coincidence."

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A spokesman for the Campaign Against Antisemitism said: "It beggars belief that this shop created a Nazi-branded drink by unwitting coincidence.

"The Nazis murdered six million Jewish men, women and children during the Second World War as well as almost half a million people from Britain alone in the most devastating war and genocide ever committed."

The organisation added that mockery of the Holocaust is not in itself a criminal offensive, so it contacted the shop, the media, and Transport for London to complain. 

Nincomsoup stated that it was a "rogue employee" who was to blame. They have since been fired.

Founder Ben Page-Philiips issued an apology and said: "Sadly, an employee deemed it appropriate to put a Swastika on a smoothie named The Nutzy.

"This was unsanctioned and the bottles were removed immediately upon being alerted by our shop manager. Needless to say the rogue employee has been dismissed.

"This was incomprehensible, extremely insensitive, and upsetting to all of us. We unreservedly apologise."

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