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Grandmother Finds “Swastika”-Like Pattern on Wrapping Paper at SoCal Store

A woman shopping for wrapping paper in the Hanukkah section of a Southern California Walgreens said she was outraged to find a roll with a design that she claimed resembled swastikas.

Cheryl Shapiro said she was with her grandson at the store in Northridge on Saturday when she spotted a geometric blue-and-silver print that featured lines connecting in a pattern reminiscent of the Nazi symbol.

"I couldn't believe my eyes, I had no idea what to do," she said.

Shapiro said the rolls were removed after she complained to managers.

"I told them I wanted this taken off the shelves immediately - not just your store, but national," Shapiro said. "I was really putting my foot down because I was appalled by this."

At least one other store in Chatsworth carried the same wrapping paper, NBC4 has learned.

A Walgreens spokesman told NBC4 the company was looking into the sale of the item.

"I came home and I spoke to my rabbi. He couldn't believe it," Shapiro said. "I'm still very upset about it, that something like this could be on the market."

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