Natalja Maxwell bought her Jewish best friend a gift from Marshalls & Home Goods only to be immensely embarrassed.
She gifted her friend a two-pack of hand towels made by Cynthia Rowley. They were Paris themed and were covered in windmills, the Eiffel tower and bicycles.
“They look so pretty. I love Paris,” is what she thought when purchasing them, never knowing that the hidden message was lurking in the center.
In the center of the propellers of the windmill, right in the middle of the whimsical french theme, was a whopping swastika. “Not tiny – like huge, big-sized swastikas.”
She did not return the tea towels because she did not want anyone else to buy them, not noticing the hate symbol immediately, like she did.
She complained to Marshalls, Cynthia Rowley and the Anti-defamation league about these hand towels. The hand towels are going to be pulled from shelves in the stores and destroyed.
From NY POST:
A New Jersey woman nearly gifted her Jewish best friend a set of Cynthia Rowley tea towels — until she realized they were stamped with black swastikas. Natalja Maxwell purchased the two-pack of Paris-themed towels for $5.99 from a Marshalls & HomeGoods in Secaucus on April 11, thinking they were perfect as a Passover gift.
“They looked so pretty. I love Paris,” she said. But when Maxwell got home, she noticed the hate symbols in the middle of one of the towel’s windmill designs (inset), right beside whimsical Eiffel towers and bicycles.
“It’s like six, seven, eight [wind]mills on the towel and a huge swastika,” said Maxwell, 45, who lives in Paramus. “Not tiny — like huge, big-sized swastikas.” Maxwell didn’t return the set because she didn’t want the possibility of it being sold to another unwitting customer.
She instead filed letters of complaint with Marshalls, Cynthia Rowley and the Anti-Defamation League but never heard back from them. “We don’t need money, we’re just trying to tell them, ‘Don’t sell this stuff, it’s gross,’ ” she said.
TJX, the parent company of Marshalls and HomeGoods, told The Post it’ll pull the towels off its shelves and destroy them. “We sincerely regret the offense this has caused,” the company said in a statement.