A shopper at a Conntecticut flea market felt compelled to call the 911 emergency number — because a vendor was selling Confederate and Nazi memorabilia.
Officers from the Wallingford Police Department were dispatched to investigate, but no arrests were made.
“The reason no one was arrested was because the items were being sold on private property,” police Chief William Wright told WTNH News 8.
“There was a table set up with this material,” Wright told the Journal-Record. “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.”
But there’s plenty of it around — because it’s perfectly legal and customers are interested in it.
Military Specialties, Inc., located in Newington, a mere 18 miles south of Wallingford, sells a variety of Nazi and Confederate merchandise.
“It’s here and you’re likely to see it,” William Moore, the company’s co-owner told the station. “If you want, we’ll talk to you about it and give you the history about it.”
He added that although he was sympathetic to the caller, there’s nothing illegal about his business.
“This is America, you can buy and sell whatever you care to,” said Moore.
Nonetheless, since the shooting death of nine blacks at a Bible study class in a church in Charleston, S.C., a national hysteria directed against anything Confederate or from the Third Reich has taken over the country.
That includes the individual who made the 911 call.
“I was shaking and almost vomiting,” he told the Journal-Record, claiming that his grandmother had been tattooed in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.
“I had to run,” he said. “My grandmother had numbers.”
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