Halloween is coming up shortly, but sometimes a store can take things just a little too far. The Norwegian bargain store, Europris, had to withdraw a range of gory "body parts" from its stock after a public outcry.
Apparently they had severed hands, wrapped in plastic to resemble meat which is normally sold at a supermarket and according to Side2 (Norwegian language) possibly some other body parts too. The article reported that the severed hand was displayed in the freezer counter, while the other body part was a "wearable" costume.
An image that was previously posted on the Facebook page of Europris can be viewed here.
Apparently the Facebook page of the Norwegian TV channel NRK Sørlandet, broke the story first and it caused an outrage, along with several angry comments last week. They also published a rather gory photo from the Europris meat section which can be viewed here.
According to Knut Spæren, purchasing manager for Europris:
"We have received some complaints about some of Halloween products. We obviously never wanted to offend anyone, but realize that we made an unfortunate decision when we took in these products and have therefore chosen to withdraw them from the market with immediate effect."
"We hope that you can forgive us for the mistake, and wish everyone a good Halloween celebration!" The Local published some of the angry comments, listed below.
Mona Urfjell wrote:
"There's no doubt my children would have been terrified if they'd seen this in the shops."
"I think it's such a shame that we have an American tradition so violently forced down our throats."
Gudveig Olsen wrote:
"It's absolutely terrible and it should not be allowed."
Ivar Larsen wrote:
"Who the hell could allow such things?"
"Do we not have enough violence in the country without these kind of crazy people bringing such things into the shops."
However, Side2 did mention a comment by someone who was disappointed by the decision to remove the articles:
"Disappointed! Why didn't you guys make a screened Halloween department with all the fine severed hands and stuff, if it bothers those condescending people so much. Instead of removing the goods completely."