Amazon triggers outrage by selling Christmas decorations and bottle openers picturing Auschwitz

Rev. Hellh0und

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Amazon triggers outrage by selling Christmas decorations and bottle openers picturing Auschwitz


AMAZON has caused outrage by selling Christmas decorations and novelty bottle openers that picture Auschwitz.
Products on offer include star and bell-shaped Christmas tree baubles featuring photos of the gateway and interior of the Nazi death camp in occupied Poland.
 Amazon has been criticised for selling Christmas decorations featuring Auschwitz
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Amazon has been criticised for selling Christmas decorations featuring Auschwitz
A magnetic bottle opener featuring a scene from the camp wrongly describes it as “the former Jewish district in Krakow.”
One horrified shopper wrote in the reviews section: “This is not Krakow, this is a picture of Auschwitz death camp. This is a Christmas ornament? How dare you!”
Stuart Johnson tweeted: “Christmas ornaments? Is there no bottom to the pit into which people will sink?”



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So do you think these were actual nazis selling christmas decorations this abhorrent or the chinese losing something in translation?
 

StanStill

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Amazon triggers outrage by selling Christmas decorations and bottle openers picturing Auschwitz


AMAZON has caused outrage by selling Christmas decorations and novelty bottle openers that picture Auschwitz.
Products on offer include star and bell-shaped Christmas tree baubles featuring photos of the gateway and interior of the Nazi death camp in occupied Poland.
 Amazon has been criticised for selling Christmas decorations featuring Auschwitz
4
Amazon has been criticised for selling Christmas decorations featuring Auschwitz
A magnetic bottle opener featuring a scene from the camp wrongly describes it as “the former Jewish district in Krakow.”
One horrified shopper wrote in the reviews section: “This is not Krakow, this is a picture of Auschwitz death camp. This is a Christmas ornament? How dare you!”
Stuart Johnson tweeted: “Christmas ornaments? Is there no bottom to the pit into which people will sink?”



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So do you think these were actual nazis selling christmas decorations this abhorrent or the chinese losing something in translation?
Does it matter if these were being sold by actual nazis in order for someone to point out that it's in horribly bad taste?

Do you think it's an example of liberal do-gooders overreacting to a holocaust Xmas ornament?
 

Chief

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Amazon triggers outrage by selling Christmas decorations and bottle openers picturing Auschwitz


AMAZON has caused outrage by selling Christmas decorations and novelty bottle openers that picture Auschwitz.
Products on offer include star and bell-shaped Christmas tree baubles featuring photos of the gateway and interior of the Nazi death camp in occupied Poland.
 Amazon has been criticised for selling Christmas decorations featuring Auschwitz
4
Amazon has been criticised for selling Christmas decorations featuring Auschwitz
A magnetic bottle opener featuring a scene from the camp wrongly describes it as “the former Jewish district in Krakow.”
One horrified shopper wrote in the reviews section: “This is not Krakow, this is a picture of Auschwitz death camp. This is a Christmas ornament? How dare you!”
Stuart Johnson tweeted: “Christmas ornaments? Is there no bottom to the pit into which people will sink?”



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So do you think these were actual nazis selling christmas decorations this abhorrent or the chinese losing something in translation?
I don't know if its one or the other, but it's Amazon's job to decide what the sell, and they decided to sell this, so the responsibility is theirs. Whoever approved of this should be counselled by their supervisor and maybe terminated. They should also review their approval process.
 

johnflesh

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I don't know if its one or the other, but it's Amazon's job to decide what the sell, and they decided to sell this, so the responsibility is theirs. Whoever approved of this should be counselled by their supervisor and maybe terminated. They should also review their approval process.
If the person who approves these is young it is likely they had no idea what they were looking at. And I know if a seller has a great record their products get approved faster.
 
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Djinn

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I'm guessing that it was not a conscious decision on Amazon's part. Amazon retailers post thousands of items daily, and unless the description had the word "Auschwitz" in the item description, it's not the sort of thing that any image-scanning AI is likely to flag.
 
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Has to be some mistake. There can't be much of a market for this.
 

Rasselas

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If the person who approves these is young it is likely they had no idea what they were looking at. And I know if a seller has a great record their products get approved faster.
If they didn't know what this was, they shouldn't be doing the job. If they have too many items to look at, Amazon should hire more people to do that job. I'm willing to bet that whoever was responsible for screening this item didn't actually look at it. They probably just approved it without looking, most likely because of a crushing work load--that's how Amazon works, after all.

Anyway, it's on Amazon.
 

johnflesh

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If they didn't know what this was, they shouldn't be doing the job. If they have too many items to look at, Amazon should hire more people to do that job. I'm willing to bet that whoever was responsible for screening this item didn't actually look at it. They probably just approved it without looking, most likely because of a crushing work load--that's how Amazon works, after all.

Anyway, it's on Amazon.
Yeah... ideally.