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.
SLIDESHOW: Inside the home of Paul Dutton, the man who wore a Nazi SS uniform to go shopping at Asda in Cambridge
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.” more