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Hallmark stops gift wrap after swastika complaint

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Hallmark Cards Inc. has removed a blue and silver roll of gift wrap from circulation after a customer complained that she saw a swastika embedded in the design.

The Kansas City-based company alerted retailers to the problem Monday after receiving a complaint Sunday night from a Walgreen's customer in Northridge, California. The disputed wrap was in a Hannukah display but Hallmark spokeswoman Julie Elliott says it was not intended for Hannukah.

The Kansas City Star reports the gift wrap was distributed by Walgreen's, which has stopped its retailers from selling it.

Elliott said in a news release that the company did not intend to offend anyone. She said it was an oversight that no one noticed intersecting lines in the paper could be seen as a swastika pattern.

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