A temporary tattoo loving child in Sweden got a new sheets of tats at a fast food joint. His parents were understandably outraged that one of the tattoos was a swastika.
The incident happened Thursday, August 11, 2011. Eddie Hagglund, the eight-year-old boy, was given the swastika tattoo as a free prize with a meal. Whatever happened to race car and butterfly tattoos? Since when are signs of hate handed out with kid's burgers?
The swastika was given to the child at the Swedish fast food chain Frasses in Umea, located in northeast Sweden. One can imagine the child saying "look what I got!" (in his native language of course), and the shock that must have come over the parents to realize what the child was holding. Did the employee who handled that tattoo not notice what it was?
The boy's mom, Malin Hagglund, was quoted by Fox News as saying, "We could not believe our eyes. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry." Seriously, she should have barged up to the counter and demanded a refund!
His mother has also been quoted by Fox News as saying, "Eddie is a huge fan of tattoos, but we thought this was a very strange tattoo for a child and that it was a little wrong of the shop to include it."
What did the owners of the fast food restaurant, Frasses, have to say? That they "regretted the incident." They claim that the temporary tattoos were from China, and that the swastika must have been sent to them by mistake. They should check the safety of the ink in the tattoos they are giving to children, as if the overall message is hate, what the heck are the tattoos made of?