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Nazi graffiti scrawled on shocked mum’s early Christmas gift for Man Utd fan son
October 7, 2020
A mum was left horrified after a Manchester United present for her five-year-old son was covered in Nazi symbols and a Hitler moustache.
Lisa Davies, 41, ordered the Red Devils’ ‘Elf on the Shelf’ toy from Sports Direct for Christmas.
But she was left feeling “sick” after opening the sealed parcel to find a swastika and Adolf Hitler’s name had been drawn on the toy’s box in black ink, WalesOnline reports.
A swastika had been drawn over a Man United badge, a picture of the elf had a black Hitler moustache, while 'Christmas Elf’ was changed to read ‘Christmas Adolf’.
The box also said 'Hitler's Workshop' instead of 'Winners Workshop’.
Lisa, of Swiss Valley in Llanelli, Wales, said she did not notice the scribes at first.
She said: "I just thought it was a shame that there was black pen all over the box, but then I looked closer and couldn't believe my eyes – I was in shock.
"I took pictures and sent them to my partner and my family who all said that it was shocking and that they couldn't believe it.
"I'm just glad I opened the box before because I wouldn't have wanted my son to see it, I don't even want it in my house, I am so angry about it."
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She thought a disgruntled employee or a rival football supporter might have defaced the box.
But she says the symbols were no laughing matter and reported it to the retail giant and police on October 2.
She added: "I thought maybe it was just someone who really doesn't like Man U, but those symbols are so disgusting that it made me feel sick, there is no excuse, it is not a joke.
"I didn't know if it was a crime but it did make me feel paranoid, I know it's not possible but in my head I was thinking what if someone got my address and sent that to me on purpose – it did go through my mind.”
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After contacting the company she was offered a replacement elf the next day and a £25 gift voucher.
In a response, Sports Direct said: "I am very sorry to see your item has arrived in this condition.
“All items pass through quality control before being allocated to an order, this item must have been missed and it certainly isn't acceptable."
"We would like to firstly offer you our sincerest apologies for receiving an item defaced in such a way.
“I will pass this information to our warehousing team who will look to trace the route of this issue to ensure nothing like this can happen again.
"We are very sorry your item was received in this condition and will be sure to investigate."
But Lisa added: "I think that response was insulting. I'm not bothered about the money at all, but it's the principle."
Dyfed-Powys Police confirmed a report of a hate incident had been received which had been recorded.
The Daily Star has approached Sports Direct for a comment.