Every once in a while a story comes along that even MRP just doesn’t exactly know what to do with. The story of Adolf Hitler Campbell and the denial of his birthday cake is one such story.
The long and short of it is this: Heath and Deborah Campbell of Easton, Pa., Holland Township, N.J., named their son Adolf Hitler Campbell (they are also the proud parents of JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell). Adolf Hitler Campbell turned 3. His loving parents wanted to buy him a birthday cake but the ShopRite in nearby Greenwich, N.J., where they ordered it refused to fill the order. According to the article:
Karen Meleta, a ShopRite spokeswoman, said the store denied similar requests from the Campbells the last two years, including a request for a swastika.
“We reserve the right not to print anything on the cake that we deem to be inappropriate,” Meleta said. “We considered this inappropriate.”
Well-documented that MRP loves to explore the issue of bad baby names, but whether or not a person’s name can be inappropriate is a whole other ball game. Should little Adolf Hitler be penalized for a poor choice made by his parents, who obviously have their own special way of viewing the world? To wit:
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.”
Is the moral of this story that one should not travel across state lines to buy birthday cakes or is it that one should not name one’s children after persons universally regarded as evil incarnate? Perhaps the parents were simply hoping to get a mention on Cake Wrecks. Hmm . . .
Bonus MRP moment: The sidebar of the article contained several fantastic errors, including extra apostrophes and the word by where it should have said buy.
Hat tip to Gopher.