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No 'Adolf Hitler' on birthday cake, store insists 美國店家拒賣蛋糕給小「希特勒」

STAFF WRITER, WITH DPA

Top: Heath Campbell, left, with his wife, Deborah, and son Adolf Hitler Campbell, 3, pose in Easton, Pennsylvania, US on Dec. 16, 2008.
本月十六日,海瑟.坎貝爾(左)和妻子黛博拉以及三歲的兒子阿道夫.希特勒.坎貝爾在美國賓州依斯頓合影。照片:美聯社

PHOTO: AP

A store in the US has rejected a request from a father to write his son's name, Adolf Hitler, on a birthday cake.

"We have standards about what is appropriate for cake decoration," a spokeswoman for the ShopRite store in Phillipsburg, New Jersey said.

Heath Campbell, the 35-year-old father of the boy, in the two previous years had also been turned down by the store for similar requests. On those occasions, he also asked for a swastika on the cake.

Campbell, of Holland Township, Pennsylvania, named his son Adolf Hitler Campbell, and the child was celebrating his third birthday earlier this month. His two other children, daughters, are named JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell.

Eventually they got the cake from Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, which has obliged the request.

Campbell said that he is not racist. "They're just names, you know," he said. "Yeah, the Nazis were bad people back then. But my kids are little. They're not going to grow up like that."

美國一間商店日前拒絕了一位父親的要求,不願在生日蛋糕上寫上他兒子的名字──「阿道夫.希特勒」。

新澤西州菲利浦斯堡的ShopRite商店女發言人說:「我們對蛋糕該怎麼裝飾有一套標準。」

該店過去兩年間已數度回絕這位三十五歲的父親海瑟.坎貝爾的類似要求;之前那幾次,他還要求在蛋糕上畫上納粹黨徽。

賓夕法尼亞州荷蘭鎮的坎貝爾給自己的兒子取名為阿道夫.希特勒.坎貝爾,這個小男孩本月稍早才剛過完他的三歲生日。坎貝爾的另外兩個女兒分別名為喬瑟琳.亞利安國.坎貝爾,以及杭絲琳.辛勒.金妮.坎貝爾。

最後,全球最大零售業者威名百貨答應了他們的要求,他們總算訂到了生日蛋糕。

坎貝爾說他並非種族主義者。「拜託,那只是個名字罷了。沒錯,過去的納粹是一群壞蛋,但我的孩子還小,他們長大後不會那樣的。」(德通社/翻譯:袁星塵)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. request v.i./v.t.

請求 (qing3 qiu2)

例: The singer requested a glass of champagne at breakfast.

(那個歌手要求早餐時準備一杯香檳。)

2. decoration n.

裝飾 (zhuang1 shi4)

例: Everybody agreed that the Christmas decorations looked great.

(大家都覺得這些耶誕裝飾很美。)

3. occasion n.

活動 (huo2 dong4),場合 (chang3 he2)

例: Terrence likes to tell jokes at family occasions.

(泰倫斯喜歡在家庭聚會上說笑話。)

4. racist n.

種族主義者 (zhong3 zu2 zhu3 yi4 zhe3)

例: Our school doesn't tolerate racists.

(我們學校不接受種族主義者。)


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