Monday, April 23, 2012

Do you have the right to refuse the Hitlers?

L.A.B. Rats,

As most of you know, I seldom like to take other peoples writings and put them up on my site.

A Blog is a lot like a diary,or a body of work that represents the writers persona.

I'm breaking the rule today with something a baking collegue sent to me out of disbelief.

What you are about to read was pulled off the A.P, press, and it involves "People's Rights."

Perception is a funny word isn't it?

Some people believe with all of there heart, that if they make a request in "The Business Place", they are entitled to have desires met.

OK....take a deep breath, put on a seat belt and try to figure out what you would do if you were the shop owner that had to deal with the following...................


The father of 3-year-old Adolf Hitler Campbell, denied a birthday cake with the child's full name on it by one New Jersey supermarket, is asking for a little tolerance. Heath Campbell and his wife, Deborah, are upset not only with the decision made by the Greenwich ShopRite, but with an outpouring of angry Internet postings in response to a local newspaper article over the weekend on their flare-up over frosting.

"I think people need to take their heads out of the cloud they've been in and start focusing on the future and not on the past," Heath Campbell said Tuesday in an interview conducted in Easton, on the other side of the Delaware River from where the family lives in Hunterdon County, N.J.

"There's a new president and he says it's time for a change; well, then it's time for a change," the 35-year-old continued. "They need to accept a name. A name's a name. The kid isn't going to grow up and do what (Hitler) did."

Deborah Campbell, 25, said she phoned in her order last week to the ShopRite. When she told the bakery department she wanted her son's name spelled out, she was told to talk to a supervisor, who denied the request.

Karen Meleta, a spokeswoman for ShopRite, defended the supermarket. She said the Campbells had similar requests denied at the same store the last two years and said Heath Campbell previously had asked for a swastika to be included in the decoration.

"We reserve the right not to print anything on the cake that we deem to be inappropriate," Meleta said. "We considered this inappropriate."

The Campbells ultimately got their cake decorated at a Wal-Mart in Pennsylvania, Deborah Campbell said.

A Wal-Mart spokesman told The Associated Press on Wednesday that in light of the incident, the company would review its guidelines regarding cake decorations and other requests.

About 12 people attended the birthday party on Sunday, including several children who were of mixed race, according to Heath Campbell.

"If we're so racist, then why would I have them come into my home?" he asked.

The Campbells' other two children also have unusual names: JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell turns 2 in a few months and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell will be 1 in April.

Heath Campbell said he named his son after Adolf Hitler because he liked the name and because "no one else in the world would have that name." He sounded surprised by all the controversy the dispute had generated.

Campbell said his ancestors are German and that he has lived his entire life in Hunterdon County. On Tuesday he wore a pair of black boots he said were worn by a German soldier during World War II.

He said he was raised not to avoid people of other races but not to mix with them socially or romantically. But he said he would try to raise his children differently.

"Say he grows up and hangs out with black people. That's fine, I don't really care," he said. "That's his choice."


In closing, don't you just love the fact that those friendly folks at Walmart saved the day and made the guys cake? LOL....Oh the world I live in, i just wonder if they used candied Swastikas.


  1. So, what would you have done Danny?

    1. I would have simply said "No" and then mentioned that since my wife and children are Jewish, I would take offense to creating such a piece. Secretly I want to say "I'd clock the guy", but as i get older, I've grown to realize that wouldn't do a single thing to resolve this craziness.

  2. Wow. I probably would have taken the job, decorated the cake to read "Happy Birthday Buddy!" and when they came to pick it up just told them it was on the house. In the meantime, I would also be calling child protective services to give them a heads up to keep an eye on these poor kids. Any child with parents ignorant enough to saddle their children with names like these is likely also making additional poor decisions regarding their kids. I hope the children all have the good sense to legally change their names at some point. I can't see Adolph Hitler Campbell being gainfully employed if he insists on being called that.


  3. Unbelievable. And totally unbelievable the seemingly naive comment: "A name is a name" and "we are no racists". Why would you call your kid Adolf Hitler (which is an ugly name to begin with) unless you completely identify with what he stands for?
    What about Josef Stalin or Pol Pot? Those are some fancy names, too.

    1. Point Well taken Hanseata,

      I think we all expect people to have different opinions, and yes...some will be radical, but what did you think when you heard that Walmart complied with this families request?

      I was blown away.

  4. Yes, interesting how they never considered, if they were going for a name "no one else had," that they didn't consider Mahatma Gandhi, or for the girls, Florence Nightengale, etc.
    Yes, their children were taken into protective custody due to allegations of violence in the household, although saddling innocent youngsters with such names is child abuse of the first order.
    All of this has brought to mind Vic Hitler ..... wait for it .... a character on Hill Street Blues who was trying to make a go of it as a nightclub comedian, only to find that no one laughed at a comic named Vic Hitler. His champion was, of course, LaRue, who believed in him - as one underdog to another.
    Good times........

    1. Vic Hitler....the narcoleptic comic! LOL

  5. [looks at calender] Not an April Fool's story? They're (the parents) living in their own little tiny universe. I've done more than a few odd-ball things in my time, but even I know that naming your kids like that is begging for trouble. I'm inclined to think Daddy is hoping that someone will clock him, and he'll be able to get rich in the lawsuit.