According to Fox23, a Tusla woman is wondering why a dollar story vending machine in a predominately African-American neighborhood is stocked with toy rings that bear a Nazi symbol.
The woman, Leona Kelley, told the network that she always gives her son a quarter to get a toy out of the vending machine filled with “bubbles.” These bubbles can contain anything from dinosaurs to happy faces or stickers.
You’ve probably seen the type of vending machine before. I remember a few of them from when I was growing up.
However, one recent visit to the dollar store, located on Martin Luther King Boulevard in North Tulsa, produced a piece of historical paraphernalia: a small plastic ring bearing the eagle and swastika Nazi logo.
Kelley told the network that “You don’t want to know what my reaction was” and that “I just started yelling at the store people like ‘what the hmmm is this!’ I’m like ‘why is this here?”
And it wasn’t the only; a Fox23 reporter noted that, without emptying the machine, he saw between 10 to 15 of the golden rings stocked. The rings bears a specific version of the Reichsadler, called the Parteiadler. While the Reichsadler likely dates back to well before the Holy Roman Empire, the Parteiadler was specifically commissioned by Hitler in the 1930s and became an official national emblem of Nazi Germany.
Germany still uses the Reichsadler as a national symbol, but it’s the Weimar version, absent the swastika.
The Family Dollar said they don’t stock the machines, but admitted that they had past problems with the vendor responsible for doing so.
After telling the store manger, Kelley said that she visited several of the other Family Dollar stores and checked similar machines, but didn’t find anymore of the Nazi eagles.
The man responsible for stocking the machines gave no comment when asked, and added that the items in the machine would be reevaluated and removed as necessary.
I’m thinking that might be necessary.
You can watch the report below: