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Halloween shopping stunt upsets Norway consumers. Low-priced chain Europris has withdrawn products from sale following complaints about their repulsiveness. Fake bloodied body parts wrapped in meat packages and displayed in meat counters were some of the products that were being sold at Europris Sørlandsparken Pluss, southern Norway. Strong reactions were voiced on Twitter and NRK Sørlandet’s Facebook page after they had published an article about the Halloween merchandise types.

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Halloween shopping stunt upsets Norway consumers

Published on Tuesday, 22nd October, 2013 at 23:16 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.

Low-priced chain Europris has withdrawn products from sale following complaints about their repulsiveness.

Halloween pumpkin
Halloween pumpkin
Photo: 3268zauber/Wikimedia Commons


Fake bloodied body parts wrapped in meat packages and displayed in meat counters were some of the products that were being sold at Europris Sørlandsparken Pluss, southern Norway.

Strong reactions were voiced on Twitter and NRK Sørlandet’s Facebook page after they had published an article about the Halloween merchandise types.

“How anyone can buy severed body parts for their children, even at the preschool age, to use in a sort of Norwegianized celebration of a distinctly American ‘thing’ is totally incomprehensible and particularly grotesque,” one person commented on the broadcaster’s Facebook page.

Another criticism from Twitter read: “this is NOT innocent fun #tasteless.”

And whilst advice organization Kids and Media have also called Europris’ move “very extreme, some of NRK’s readers have even gone so far as to threaten to boycott stores that are selling such products.

Europris Sørlandsparken Pluss Svein Monsen store manager has explained their move was purely meant as innocent fun, the broadcaster reported him as stating.

He added that Halloween product sales have markedly increased the previous few years.

Moreover, one NRK Sørlandet Facebook discussion contributor asked, “awesome! Where can you buy them?”

The main company has now acted in light of the actions following Monday’s NRK article, however.

“Obviously our intentions were obviously not to provoke our customers,” said purchasing manager Knut Spæren, Tuesday.

“We’re now withdrawing the few products that people have reacted to, including the severed hands,” he continued, adding the move was just an attempt as a positive contribution to the popular occasion many wish to celebrate.

Other grisly-looking merchandise can still be found in many toy stores around Norway, including replica eyeballs in red-colored jelly.



Published on Tuesday, 22nd October, 2013 at 23:16 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.

This post has the following tags: norwayhalloween, halloweencelebrationsnorway.


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