A store in Norway took Halloween a little too far this year. A grocer called Europris decided to step up their game and stock their meat freezers with severed limbs. They had fake hands, complete with blood splatters, chopped and wrapped in Styrofoam backing just like pork chops.
To add to the realism, on the front they put a bar code, a fake butcher’s logo from a place called the Chop Shop and even added a Nutrition fact box. From the pictures it looks quite impressive, however many patrons were not amused by the prank.
Within hours, the store began to get a myriad of negative complaints, not only in person but also online. A local TV station got wind of the story and added fuel to the fury.
Some of the facebook comments even went so far as to blame the US and our traditions,
“There’s no doubt my children would have been terrified if they’d seen this in the shops. I think it’s such a shame that we have an American tradition so violently forced down our throats.”
Antoher comment translated to
“It’s absolutely terrible and it should not be allowed.” “Do we not have enough violence in the country without these kind of crazy people bringing such things into the shops,”
Europris decided to remove the “decorations”. Knut Spaeren, a spokesperson for the company apologized, and announced that they would be removing the display ASAP,
‘We also didn’t want to cause any upset, especially not to children and we are withdrawing the range with immediate effect.
It appears that Norway has not only embraced the US tradition of Halloween but also the tradition of having a stick up their butts and no sense of humor.