Amazon has fired one of its employees who wrote “Greetings from Uncle Adolf” on a scrap of paper and left it in a parcel for a Jewish customer. The note referencing Adolf Hitler was reportedly left in the parcel because the woman has a surname which is common among Jewish people.
Police are now investigating, but nobody has been arrested. The parcel, its contents and the note have been taken for examination by police forensic experts.
The Jewish woman who received the parcel had ordered a toy from Amazon for her niece, but was so upset by the incident that she had to take two days off work. The woman, who is in her 30s was said to have been left shaking after discovering the note.
Amazon reportedly did not take the incident seriously until a friend of the victim posted about in on social media and the post started to attract attention.
An Amazon spokesman said: “We take this incident seriously and have apologised to the customer. We have investigated the matter and dismissed the individual involved.” A Metropolitan Police Service spokesman added: “Police were called to an address on 22nd December 2016 to reports of an offence of malicious communications. Officers attended and spoke to the female victim, aged in her 30s, who reported receiving an antisemitic note inside a package she ordered. This is being treated as a hate crime. No arrests have been made. Inquiries continue.”
We are following the case with interest.
Perhaps the perpetrator drew inspiration from Amazon’s extensive assortment of antisemitic literature.