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No Birthday Cake for Tot Named Adolf Hitler

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A supermarket refused to personalize a cake with name of the leader of the Third Reich. Go figure.

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A couple in New Jersey is upset because their local ShopRite refused to personalize a birthday cake with the name of their 3-year-old son ... who just happens to be named Adolf Hitler. Heath and Deborah Campbell, both self-proclaimed "Holocaust deniers," protested the decision, saying: "ShopRite can't even make a cake for a 3-year-old. That's sad."

It's not the first time the Campbells have had their cake request denied before -- the ShopRite also refused to make a cake bearing the name of Adolf's sister, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, who turns 2 in February.

The cake debacle could be a window into how the children, because of their controversial names, will be treated in the future by classmates or even (someday) employers. But the Campbells aren't worried in the least: "I just figured that they're just names," mom Deborah Campbell said. "They're just kids. They're not going to hurt anybody." Um, good luck with that.

Heath and JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell

The ShopRite store was so adamant that the name Hitler should not grace a cake that they even refused to provide a blank cake for the parents to write the name themselves, saying only that "we believe the request ... to inscribe a birthday wish to Adolph Hitler is inappropriate." Ya think?

Do you agree with ShopRite's refusal to write Adolf Hitler on a cake? What about the store's refusal to even sell them a blank cake to write the name themselves? Comment in the momlogic community.


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NETT December 18, 2008, 8:38 AM

I CANT’T BELIEVE SOMEONE WOULD NAME A CHILD ADOLPH HITLER. THE PARENTS MUST REALLY BE MENTALLY DISTURBED. WITH NAMES LIKE THAT, THOSE CHILDREN ARE BOUND FOR TROUBLE, JUST BECAUSE OF THE PARENTS STUPIDITY. MAKES ME WONDER HOW THE KIDS WILL GROW UP. WILL THEY BE BRAIN WASHED TO LIVE A LIFE OF HOLOCAUST.
THIS IS SICK!!!!!!!!!!

Jack  December 18, 2008, 10:33 AM

When you name a person you are basically determining at least a small portion of their lives. By naming a child Hitler, you are giving that individual no chance to move past their lousy name and into an semi-well adjusted person

mary poole December 18, 2008, 10:34 AM

they should have made the cake for tot adolf hitler.that is so two face.they agree with our hitler run health dept.

Melinda December 18, 2008, 2:53 PM

This is borderline child abuse! It’s obvious that they are White Supremacists and one can only imagine what these children are being taught at home about hatred! I am ecstatic that ShopRite has decided to exercise their right to refuse service!

DLEIGHTY December 18, 2008, 3:26 PM

well- qq i would!!and thats my right.
it makes me sick when i here people like you crying its not fair!! big deal go home and make your own cake if you want your kid to have one. you named them you make it.

i do feel bad for there kids.

Meghan December 18, 2008, 7:36 PM

Hey qq, clearly your education is limited, if any at all. The constitution actually gives the ShopRite the right to refuse service to anyone. So, you can say “dumb liberals” all day long, but it is your ignorance that is clear here. Wow, it is sad that you live in this wonderful country and have no idea what our constitution means. Go learn something. Peace.

jessica December 18, 2008, 8:09 PM

I wont be shopping at shop-rite in the future. While I do not agree with naming your child something that is controversial I do think that each parent has the right to name their own child as they see fit. What if someone said they would not make a cake for someone named Sadaam or Osama or Fidel? All of which are the names of evil men. Im sure their are children out in this world who have the name Sadam Husein or Fidel Castro. There are many evil people in this world. What about Susan Smith?? Should we deny anyone with the name Susan Smith? The point I am making with this is a person should not be judged by anything but their own actions and these are children we are talking about not their parents. It is not the place of any store to place judgement on someone so long as what they are doing is within the law

Liz December 18, 2008, 8:26 PM

Jessica (and everyone else who feels that ShopRite should have made the cake), when you were little and your parents had a cake made for you at a grocery store or some such, what was put on it? I don’t know you personally, but I am going to go out on a limb here and say it said something along the lines of “Happy Birthday Jessica” and not “Happy Birthday Jessica Mary Jane Anderson”. If the people mad at Shop Rite would look a little deeper, they would see that the parents INSISTED the cake say “Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler” and not just “Happy Birthday Adolf”. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the parents wanted to create a stir by requiring the child’s full and highly-offensive name be printed on the cake. Also, Jessica, the store offered to make a cake that simply leaves the name blank, and the parents refused that also. It’s very clear that the parents wanted attention, and now they’ve got it. Shame on you for blaming Shop Rite when the parents were the ones to refuse a cake for their kid that simply said, “Happy Birthday Adolf”.

Jay December 18, 2008, 11:58 PM

Liz makes a great point. I totally agree with you. Jessica, look past the denial and see the big picture.These parents were putting their ignorance on display. This country is already in enough turmoil without parents such as these adding to it. They have every right to choose whatever name they want for their children.ShopRite on the other hand has every right to refuse anything that goes against their moral integrity. Let’s just hope and pray that these children grow up and become the total opposite of their ignorant parents. I say go ShopRite, it is your right to refuse such stupidity!!!


antoine December 19, 2008, 7:25 AM

Vous etes trop fort en amerique
vive votre liberté d’esprit
allez courage….
au fait, à quand des Ben laden campbell ???

crabtree December 19, 2008, 8:52 AM

i think its a good name so just leave them a lone?

cherrytree December 19, 2008, 2:36 PM

crabtree, your crazy and your just trying to get attention just like them!

Me December 19, 2008, 2:57 PM

First I agree with Renee, they are not just names. Second, can’t they make their own damn cake for their kid???

Marcia December 19, 2008, 3:11 PM

This is ridiculous. The parents should know to just get a plain-jane ‘Happy Birthday’ cake and some writing icing and not mention to the bakery anything. I feel really bad for these kids. Can you imagine being in history class, learning about the Holocaust (which DID happen, haven’t these people see any of the media available?!?!), with THOSE names? Instant way to strip those kids of friends. Wow. Good parenting there. *rolls eyes*

Jim December 19, 2008, 11:02 PM

Come on now, where’s all that tolerance I’ve been hearing so much about? I side with the parents on this one, because Shop Rite (What a goofy name in itself, huh?)refused to perform a service. As a businessperson, it is not your place to decide who gets birthday greetings and who doesn’t. The only advice I can offer these parents is to take your money elsewhere and never go to “Shop Rite” again! That’s how I’d handle that. As for the names—all you people need to back off. They’re not your kids and it’s not your place to act as some sort of “name approval committee.” I am sick of nosy, self righteous busybodies sticking their nose where it doesn’t belong. These parents have the right to name their kids anything they want, just like these kids will have the right to legally change their names one day. I bet they’ll do just that. Mind your own cotton-pickin business and get a life!

Manseba December 20, 2008, 4:18 AM

people should change their way of thinking. Naming a child Aldolph Hitler does not have anyhing to do with the old hiltler. People will argue and say that there is a spirit behind it and I strongly disagree. I can name my son Emmanuel but we forget that it Jesus name too. you can also name your son Jesus.there are still no problem. IF you know Paul, he did kill many christians so why christians are still naming their sons paul. It’s like now if you name your son George W Bush is it a problem? If you say that it is not then there is fanatism. This guy has a funsy record ever been record in american history. So think twice

john doe December 20, 2008, 6:45 PM

the real question here is.. who the HELL authorized those names?

val December 21, 2008, 9:53 PM

Jim, I think the point is that the poor kid is going to have to live with that name until he’s legally old to change it. With a name like Jim, it seems as though you never had to worry about things like that! So, you actually have no room to speak. And as far as all of us sticking our noses where it doesnt belong, all we are doing is voicing our opinion, which is what your doing too. So your just as guilty as the rest of us!

Anonymous December 22, 2008, 1:11 AM

“the store offered to make a cake that simply leaves the name blank, and the parents refused that also.” -Liz

Actually, closer reading will reveal that the parents requested a blank cake, and ShopRite denied that request, not the other way around as you claim.

To all the claims that these names will socially scar the children:
Note what you know about Adolf Hitler in 3rd grade. Now, if these children manage to make friend before about 7th grade, they shouldn’t have problems with being socially scared. Similarly, a reluctance to reveal middle names is common, and thus nobody will look upon them strangely for refusal to reveal their middle names. Overall, though, their social success depends greatly on their teachers. This brings up that it is possible their parents will teach them to take pride in their names and the history associated with them, which could easily result in the problems specified.

Anonymous December 22, 2008, 1:12 AM

“the store offered to make a cake that simply leaves the name blank, and the parents refused that also.” -Liz

Actually, closer reading will reveal that the parents requested a blank cake, and ShopRite denied that request, not the other way around as you claim.

To all the claims that these names will socially scar the children:
Note what you know about Adolf Hitler in 3rd grade. Now, if these children manage to make friend before about 7th grade, they shouldn’t have problems with being socially scared. Similarly, a reluctance to reveal middle names is common, and thus nobody will look upon them strangely for refusal to reveal their middle names. Overall, though, their social success depends greatly on their teachers. This brings up that it is possible their parents will teach them to take pride in their names and the history associated with them, which could easily result in the problems specified.


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