Breaking news - Have you seen anything as bizarre than this?

@allknowing (63590)
India
January 12, 2017 4:23am CST
No doubt it is withdrawn now. Amazon Canada had doormats in their list of products that had the Indian flag woven into them. The Indian government had to send them a warning for them to withdraw it from the market. I wonder how many have been already sold. How bizarre can anything be to even think of such a horrendous idea Here is a link that tells you more
India's famously social-media-savvy foreign minister took to Twitter to demand an “unconditional apology."
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@Morleyhunt (19724)
• Canada
12 Jan 17
It is interesting how different cultures respond to different things. When I was in the Netherlands as a teenager I was taken aback that the church floor was made of gravestones. Somehow I felt this was disrespectful....it's considered to be very normal, My doormats hav always been neutral colours with no words. If there were words they would say welcome.
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@allknowing (63590)
• India
12 Jan 17
Reading through comments here that say it is in vogue everywhere that does not make it right. What is so respectful about trampling on flags and emblems. When I took over Admin while I was working I saw to it those doormats that had the company's emblem were removed. The MD agreed with me.
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@egdcltd (6608)
12 Jan 17
Different countries respond in different ways to their flags. Some wouldn't find it offensive (you can buy Union Jack underwear here!). The doormats I think are popular; people consider them patriotic.
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@allknowing (63590)
• India
12 Jan 17
What about when shoes are wiped on them. Is there no other way to honour flags and emblems
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@egdcltd (6608)
12 Jan 17
@allknowing That's not considered insulting here really. And yes, there are plenty of other ways; you name it, you can probably buy it with our flag on it.
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@allknowing (63590)
• India
12 Jan 17
@egdcltd Does it not occur to anyone when shoes are wiped on doormats that is no way to respect a flag or an emblem even though the same country produces it. I find this pretty odd when there are very few like me who consider this thing to be bizarre.
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@MALUSE (39296)
• Germany
12 Jan 17
I don't care about patriotic symbols. So I have problems understanding the outrage. Especially the American flag can be seen on so many items. If I mentioned them here, the comment box wouldn't suffice.
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@allknowing (63590)
• India
12 Jan 17
Before I took over Admin in my office the one who was in charge earlier had ordered for mats with our emblem. I reported and the MD took it very seriously and those mats were withdrawn. Would you like your photo to be on doormats and someone wipes their shoes over them?
@MALUSE (39296)
• Germany
12 Jan 17
@allknowing Your emblem is a photo of a person?
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@allknowing (63590)
• India
12 Jan 17
@MALUSE Even if it was not I would strongly object. We are trampling on something that provides jobs to countless. One does not have to be patriotic to understand how insulting/offending it is to trample on emblems and flags.
• United Kingdom
12 Jan 17
I can see the disrespect but it is not something I would be outraged about, if we have union flag doormats here they would be seen as patriotic. Heck, you can even get union flag toilet paper!
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@allknowing (63590)
• India
12 Jan 17
As long as it is done by your country it is fine but if India did it there lies the difference.
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• United Kingdom
12 Jan 17
@allknowing That is very true.
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@topffer (33799)
• France
12 Jan 17
These kind of doormats exist with any flag on them, a manufacturer issued a complete European collection for the Euro 2016 and nobody saw anything wrong there : a doormat is nothing else than a doormat, and putting a flag on a doormat or an underwear is perfectly legal in North-America and Europe. You should remember the motto of the British Order of the Garter : "shame on anyone who thinks ill of it."
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search The motto appears on a representation of the garter, surrounding the shield of the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom. The motto appears in a royal coat of arms of the 17th century on
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@allknowing (63590)
• India
12 Jan 17
If the same country is the producer it is a different matter but that is not the case here. Anyway it would be interesting to find out who produced them as Amazon is only a marketing setup .
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@topffer (33799)
• France
12 Jan 17
@allknowing I read that there were at least 3 producers. I just saw a French TV reportage taking this humorously. You should read the readers' comments in the media in Europe. Maybe you do not realize it, but this "Indian government warning" about a doormat is giving a negative image of your country.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said she would revoke visas for Amazon officials in India if ‘insulting’ products were not take down from Canada site
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@allknowing (63590)
• India
12 Jan 17
Even if it is in vogue the very thought of wiping shoes over an emblem does not seem right.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
12 Jan 17
I can see the reason for complaints because people will be wiping their feet on the flag, which is clearly offensive. Nevertheless they were probably manufactured without intending offence.
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@Bluedoll (17071)
• Canada
12 Jan 17
That was my feeling too but who knows what people think. I was thinking something that lets people know they are entering a home of a certain culture. But it could be something else just as well. Something on the door perhaps. I've never been much of a flag person myself.
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@allknowing (63590)
• India
12 Jan 17
Anyone will know the use of doormats and so the question of there not being any offence is kind of odd don't you think?
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
12 Jan 17
@allknowing Not really because if they did not give the matter any thought then they may have considered it to be similar to placing the flag on a T shirt or cup.
@Bluedoll (17071)
• Canada
12 Jan 17
It isn't the first time Amazon (in USA, Europe as well) removed items for political reasons. It was the effort of Sushma Swaraj who threatened to remove Visas in a tweet that might have prompted Amazon to act fast on perhaps a bad idea. Impressive story not just on flags as symbols but the power of the media. I think my tweets would go unnoticed however specially if my protests were about yellow headed rasp emoticons.
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@allknowing (63590)
• India
12 Jan 17
I almost felt like giving you the honour but reading through your various posts I noticed you have a clean mind. Welcome aboard
@Bluedoll (17071)
• Canada
12 Jan 17
@allknowing you can see into my mind? I'm freaking out now.
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@allknowing (63590)
• India
12 Jan 17
@Bluedoll Cool it - only up to what happens here
@DianneN (76153)
• United States
12 Jan 17
I read about this online. It is disrespectful to wipe your feet on any flag, doormat or not. Not surprised that Amazon Canada was so stupid.
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@allknowing (63590)
• India
12 Jan 17
It will be interesting to find out whose product it is as Amazon are mere distributors. But to think that there are some here who feel nothing of it amazes me.
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@Corbin5 (103352)
• United States
12 Jan 17
It was a horrendous and a very stupid idea! Glad those have been removed.
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