Group Sparks Outrage After Walking Into Coles Supermarket In Nazi Uniforms
A group of Aussies have horrified onlookers after they walked into a supermarket dressed in Nazi outfits.
The group of two men and two women were captured on CCTV footage, obtained by The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, calmly entering the supermarket in Woodend, an hour north of Melbourne.
They were brandishing swastika armbands and also reportedly had the imperial eagle. Once they were inside the Coles store they were approached by Craig MacKenzie who told the Victorian newspaper that he couldn't believe his eyes.
"I said to them that they were being highly disrespectful and had no idea what their uniforms meant," he told The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.
"The blokes told me that it was 'only a joke' and to f*** off. I persisted, saying that there could be people here who went through World War II and the Holocaust. They laughed it off and told me to f*** off again."
Craig believes they weren't members of the alt-right or even Nazi sympathisers but just a group of people heading to a fancy dress party. Why anyone would put on an outfit like that in 2019 is bizarre and beyond us.
Unsurprisingly, the move has been slammed by Jewish groups and people online who have called the group shockingly ignorant.
Jewish Community Council of Victoria president Jennifer Huppert told The Age and Sydney Morning Herald that there are some people who just don't understand what Nazi symbols like this mean.
"It's not a matter just for the Jewish community, Australians fought in that war for freedom against Nazis," she said.
"These people probably don't even know their own grandparents fought in a war against the people in those uniforms."
Incredibly, this isn't the first incident like this in Victoria this month.
A group of men reportedly tried to get into an Oktoberfest event in the Yarra Valley in early November wearing SS uniforms, which included swastika symbols.
Yarra Valley Oktoberfest's organisers said: "While we recognise patrons enjoy getting dressed up for this annual event, this type of behaviour is not appropriate, nor supported or condoned."
The Herald Sun reports the men were dealt with by security before being turned away.
Featured Image Credit: The Age/Sydney Morning Herald