Cambridge: Shop Shock At Nazi Uniform
1 November 2013, 17:18
A shopper was asked to leave a supermarket in Cambridge after wandering the aisles dressed in full Nazi uniform.
Customers were left horrified when the man, wearing what resembled a black SS uniform complete with cap and red armband, visited an Asda store.
The manager of the Beehive Centre store asked him to leave after complaints from other customers.
Police were called to the incident at 2pm on Thursday but a spokeswoman said: "By the time we got there he had already left peacefully.''
A spokeswoman for Asda said: "We had a number of customer complaints so we asked him to leave the store.''
Paul from Cambridge, claimed responsibility using his Twitter account. Under the name Operation Fail Safe, he said: "I wear a black SS armband in Asda twice a week for past three years. I've shopped in Asda since the place was opened twice a week, this is how Asda repay me for my loyalty.''
He said he had wanted to hand out cards promoting his website, which explains the reasons for his fascination with Adolf Hitler.
But the man later RETURNED to the store later in the day - without his Nazi uniform. He wore a full-length dark overcoat with no military insignia but still had the SS tattoo around his throat visible.
Speaking outside the supermarket, he said: "I just want to get my milk and groceries like everyone else. I don't care what they think. I even took my Nazi band off so there wouldn't be a scene, but I do have the right to wear it and I'm not going to stop shopping in here."
Cambridgeshire police said they sent officers to speak to him at his home today (Friday 1st November) - a spokeswoman said: "We are looking into the incident. We cannot say whether it will be treated as a crime or not until we have looked into the circumstances."