Walmart Nazi Tshirt Watch: Day 62

Sixty-two days after t-shirts bearing Nazi insignia were discovered in Walmart, the retailer has yet to remove them from all their stores, despite promises to do so within days.

Jason in Columbus, Indiana writes:

“I stopped in my local Wal-Mart this morning in Columbus, Ind., and happened by the t-shirts to see if the Nazi skulls were still here. There were about 20 shirts still on the shelf. I didn’t try to buy one, but thought of you and took a photo instead.”

When the guy last week reported that he was able to buy a Totenkopf shirt by making the cashier scan a comparable shirt, we were worried. Were we encouraging what we tried to prevent?

Then we had an image of some guys at a bar, wearing these shirts. Whether they be neo-fascists or hipsters, the value of peoples going around saying, hey, check out my Nazi shirt I got at Walmart could be even greater than simply removing all the shirts. Money can’t buy that kind of word of mouth. — BEN POPKEN

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  1. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    So…what would this fall under? Nazi memorabila? Anti-Wal-Mart humor? Internet fad?

  2. And0 says:

    It seems reasonable that someone be able to buy a product if they want to do so.

  3. medalian1 says:

    holy sheet please stop with the stupid nazi t-shirt posts!!!

  4. Sheik says:

    why read this if your not interested? seems to defy reason. there are articles on this blog that Im not all that into either. Guess what I do, believe it or not, I skip it. Some of us do still find this relevant.

  5. Paul D says:

    @Sheik

    hear hear.

  6. bluegus32 says:

    You know what I don’t like about these nazi t-shirt posts? Not that Consumerist is reporting on it. But that Wal-Mart has yet to do what they promised such that the Consumerist is forced to continue reporting on it.

    Medalian: I understand your frustration. But Consumerist is doing its job by informing the consumer of things we might want to know. If you want to get upset, get upset at Wal-Mart, not this blog.

  7. Sheik says:

    Im right there with you Blue, this time we agree ;)

  8. homerjay says:

    While you’re at it, can you have them get rid of that blue shirt in the bottom right corner of the picture? Thats just dumb.

  9. ElizabethD says:

    homerjay: Shirts like the blue one are Cool-Wannabe Adolescent Boy Shirts. If you had a 14 year old kid, you would know this. Geek humor, sorta. Yeah, they get old fast. But I did like the one my son wore last year: “For Sale: My Parents. Buy one, get one free.” Heh.

  10. schvitzatura says:

    Funny thing is, Shep Fairey also has a shirt that looks reminiscent of something straight out of the German Kreigsmarine, with Gothic script writing on it.

    Words on it are something to the effect of ” Between the Devil and the Deep Blue” and his brand, Obey…with standard Obey Giant graphics…

  11. My favorite T-Shirt in my collection:

    ‘I speak Squirrel. Chikoo. Chickoo. Chickoo.’

    Didn’t get it at Wal Mart though.

  12. ckilgore says:

    i say let people buy ‘em. makes it easier to spot the assholes in public before they even open their mouths.

  13. olegna says:

    Bingo! It’s the same phenomenon that keeps Anne Coulter rolling: the constant attention she gets, mostly form her retractors. If everyone ignored her, she’d go away. Same applied to Nazi T-shirt. Hell, I want one because you guys keep harping on it. But I haven’t been inside a Wal-Mart since 2002. Besides, when was it wrong to print anything on a T-shirt? (Besides illegal images, like child porn or whatever.)

  14. flyover says:

    Ben, have you acutally contacted WalMart or their PR goons about this?

    That is what I would like to see from Consumerist. Follow up, sorta-reporting stuff.

  15. Icon says:

    I don’t get it…. what does a badly designed skull on a T-shirt, have to do with Nazis?