A shopper at a Connecticut flea market became so offended by items he saw for sale by one vendor that he actually called the police.
The shopper, who wants to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, became so offended that a vendor within the Redwood Country Flea Market was selling confederate flag merchandise and World War II merchandise featuring Nazi symbols that he called the police.
The caller, who said he was of Jewish ancestry, became very upset over what he considers two symbols of hate. “I was shaking and almost vomiting,” he said. “I had to run.”
While it is understandable why someone of Jewish descent would become offended at Nazi items, it is not enough to warrant having someone arrested or their business shut down under the law. The ability to possess and sell these items is protected by the First Amendment.
“There was a table set up with this material,” Wallingford Chief William Wright said. “It’s not criminally illegal, but obviously it offended this person. It causes some people a sense of being uncomfortable. Certainly the owner could preclude this merchandise.”