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Detergent pulled in Germany over neo-Nazi code

BERLIN (AP) - Detergent manufacturer Procter & Gamble has prompted anger in Germany after unintentionally placing a neo-Nazi code on promotional packages for Ariel washing powder.

Outraged shoppers have posted pictures online of Ariel boxes featuring a large number "88" on a white soccer jersey.

The use of Nazi slogans in public is banned in Germany, which neo-Nazis often try to circumvent by using codes. They use "88" to represent the phrase "Heil Hitler," because "H'' is the eighth letter of the alphabet. Similarly, "18" is used to stand for "A.H." or Adolf Hitler.

Procter & Gamble acknowledged Friday that the number was "unintentionally ambiguous." Spokeswoman Melanie Schnitzler said the company has stopped shipping the offending powder, as well as a liquid detergent that was being promoted as "Ariel 18."

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Brenda May 09 2014 at 4:02 PM

It does seem that Proctor & Gamble has a problem with "symbols." The like this symbol the best: "$$$$."

Back in the 1980s, they had to discontinue their "Moon & Stars logo" because some thought it to be a "Satanic symbol."

Shame on you P & G.

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mobdev May 09 2014 at 5:39 PM

Well, Ariel sound close to Arian and numbers don't lie. Definitely some neo-Nazi in P&G German marketing department took advantage of the American company's ignorance of the local culture. No question about it, like it or not.

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gfyguy1942 May 09 2014 at 5:38 PM

88 simply means, "give me a call later, maybe we could go to a movie or the zoo or even look at used cars."

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combatpainter May 09 2014 at 5:36 PM


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cathy May 09 2014 at 5:35 PM

AH means *******...

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stephen284 May 09 2014 at 5:32 PM

100% That's code for political correctness BS you get from LEFTISTS. These people can point out anything and make an issue out of it. How about we just don't pay attention to them anymore?

The Leftists do nothing more than try to confound any process or procedure that society accepts as a cost of being civilized. Whah, he makes more than me! Whah right back at you. While your were blowing dope and getting stoned, I was working two jobs and going to night school. Now you want what I have. Well, work for it! I'd like to say how many hours a week I work in order to get so lucky, but you'd say it's some kind of consertative/republican code for hating____________fill in the blank.

Just so you know, there are really only ten digits in a Base Ten System. Numbers are bound to be placed in a specific order; after all, numbers are precise. But please do tell me, What is the code for "Kiss my A_S!"

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goodmansbooks stephen284 May 09 2014 at 5:44 PM

"The Leftists do nothing more than try to confound any process or procedure that society accepts as a cost of being civilized. Whah, he makes more than me!" LOL! You have absolutely no idea whatsoever what you are talking about! Try replacing "leftists" with "republicans" and you'd be correct.

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no1gum stephen284 May 09 2014 at 9:42 PM

Off your meds?

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eurocdn May 09 2014 at 5:11 PM

well there is the infamous JUNKERS 88 and the equally infamous 88 MM gun
that German tanks were equipped with

Any more you can think of ??

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GB May 09 2014 at 5:04 PM

I find the number 41 to be offensive. It reminds me of how many bullets the NYPD fired when they shot unarmed Amadou Diallo to death in 1999. He had a checkbook in his hand. By the way...NYPD doesn't take checks.

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Joebudgie May 09 2014 at 4:59 PM

This isn't political correctness it is sheer stupidity. 88 is the number between 87 and 89. Big deal. Are people arrested in Germany if the say Hi to someone and wave their hand at the same time?

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bah002 May 09 2014 at 5:44 PM

Now the neo Nazis here in America have learned something new! you shouldn't put out stories like these. every thing will be tagged with 88

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