FRESNO, California (KSEE) – Fresno Priest Ryan Newman is upset after Walmart sent him a decorative pillow with images of hate.
Newman purchased the pillow on Walmart’s website, he got the pillow in the mail, opened it up and threw it on his couch. He didn’t think anything of it, until a few days ago, when he was sitting on the couch with his wife and daughter, he noticed the swastika images.
“I was shocked and than shocked moved into anger. I was like how can this happen, how can this be, how could this get through the Walmart buying channels,” Newman said.
Newman and his family recently moved to the Central Valley and were decorating their living room and needed pillow for his couch.
He went online and purchased a Paris themed pillow.
“I was looking for teal accent and so when it came up with Paris, and some script writing and this teal bike. I thought this is the perfect accent pillow,” he said.
Newman said once he and his wife noticed the design, they felt violated the pillow was in their home.
“this is personal both my wife and I have jewish heritage and my wife has direct descendents from the holocaust in Germany, so this to us is a symbol of hate,” Newman said.
Walmart customer service told Newman the item was sold from a third party, who uses their website to see their items.
Walmart did give a statement to Your Central Valley about this incident.
“This pillow was listed by a third-party seller on our online marketplace and is in violation of our policy. We regularly scan our marketplace for these types of items, but, unfortunately, the offensive image wasn’t visible on the pillow’s photo and we were not aware of it until the customer reached out. We removed the item immediately and are reviewing the seller’s assortment,” Walmart Spokesperson.