NJ Sam’s Club cashier won’t wear swastika to work anymore
A cashier at the Sam's Club store in Secaucus says she will no longer wear a bracelet with swastikas to work after a shopper complained.
In a statement to News 12 New Jersey, the company explained that the design on the bracelet was not connected to Nazism.
"She had no intention to offend anyone. The symbol has more than one meaning. ... Even so, she has volunteered to no longer wear the bracelet while working," the company said.
The customer had he is the son of a Holocaust survivor, and did not want to see the cashier fired but hopes the incident is seen as a lesson in understanding history.
The swastika has had cultural significance for thousands of years prior to its adoption by German's Nazi party. Also known as the gammadion cross, cross cramponnée, or manj, it is considered sacred in Hinduism, Buddhism and Janism.
Author Steven Heller in his book The Swastika: Symbol Beyond Redemption says it was used by American companies and organizations, including Coca-Cola and the Boy Scouts.