Pensioner outraged by offensive pattern on new slippers

Sam Purdie paid £15 for the shoes on Amazon

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Pensioner outraged by swastika on base of slippers

A shocked pensioner claims his brand new slippers have swastikas all over the soles.

Sam Purdie, 81, paid £15 for the slip-ons from online giants Amazon which looked 'perfectly respectable' online.

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But when he opened them he said he was horrified see what he says is the Nazi symbol repeated in the print of the sole.

Sam, a retired engineer, claims he tried to warn other customers on Amazon but his review of the Jo & Joe slippers was censored by the company.

He said: "I ordered a pair of slippers which on first examination looked good, but when they arrived I realised they had swastikas all over the soles.

"You could absolutely notice the pattern right away.

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The pattern that Sam Purdie spotted in his slippers

"They looked good on Amazon, but they were of course very careful not to show you the soles of the slippers.

"I'm a regular customer with Amazon and they usually ask you to give them a review of products, so I did.

"I wrote that I was not happy with my swastika-embroidered slippers and that I certainly won't be wearing them.

"I'm not Jewish, but I am old enough to have very unpleasant memories of swastikas."

Sam said Amazon immediately responded saying he had been abusive in his review and if he continued to be he wouldn't be allowed to leave reviews again.

He added: "They responded saying I had been abusive in my review. But it's an automated response, I think the fact I had used the word swastika upset them."

Sam, from Letham, Perth said the offensive slippers should be taken off the market.

He said: "I haven't asked for a rebate or anything from them, but they will never be going on my feet."

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A close-up of the print on the slipper sole

Burnley-based suppliers LJ&R Footwear told the Dundee Courier : "This is the first time that this has been brought to our attention.

"This outsole is widely available in China and has not been developed by us."

She added: "Any resemblance to the sign in question is purely coincidental. It is a honeycomb maze pattern."

In January a shoe company in the US apologised and recalled a boot after a viral photo showed it left behind tiny swastika prints.

Conal International Trading Co, which manufactures the Polar Fox boot, said it was "no way intentional" and an "obvious mistake" made by manufacturers in China.

Amazon has been approached for comment.


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