Wednesday, December 17, 2008
When the title and location of this story first appeared on my computer screen, it wasn't clear what, if anything, had changed in the small town of Easton, Pennsylvania where your humble author was born and raised. This is certainly not the kind of news that Mom sends.
Supermarket defends itself over Adolf Hitler cakeA few years were spent stocking shelves in the frozen food department as well, all the more reason for such a visceral (well, maybe that's not the right word) reaction to this story.
EASTON, Pa. – A supermarket is defending itself for refusing to a write out 3-year-old Adolf Hitler Campbell's name on his birthday cake. Deborah Campbell, 25, of nearby Hunterdon County, N.J., said she phoned in her order last week to the Greenwich ShopRite. When she told the bakery department she wanted her son's name spelled out, she was told to talk to a supervisor, who denied the request.
Karen Meleta, a ShopRite spokeswoman, said the store denied similar requests from the Campbells the last two years, including a request for a swastika.
"We reserve the right not to print anything on the cake that we deem to be inappropriate," Meleta said. "We considered this inappropriate."
The Campbells ultimately got their cake decorated at a Wal-Mart in Pennsylvania, Deborah Campbell said Tuesday.