Norwegian Shop Sells Fake Severed Meat Hands for Halloween, Sparks Controversy

Halloween is more than just a candy quest for children dressed in spooky costumes. Over the years, it has become a competition for adults who want to attract attention with their scaring techniques and frightening house decorations. However, a discount store from Norway, pushed the envelope when they stocked their meat freezers with fake severed human limbs and other body parts, scaring children to death and making their parents’ blood boil.

The Europris discount shop thought putting realistic plastic human body parts in their freezers would help their customers get into the Halloween spirit. However, they were rather surprised to discover that parents who came in with their kids were furious after, among witches and monster costumes, they found severed human body parts wrapped in plastic and packed just like ordinary meat products. The bloody limbs, which came from a made-up butcher called “Chop Shop”, not only looked incredibly realistic, they also came with nutritional information stickers, which only added to the gruesomeness of the whole thing. Safe to say, most shoppers were not amused.

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Photo: NRK.no

After numerous complains, a TV cover story and countless negative responses from the online community, Europris withdrew the realistic Chop Shop range from their freezers and apologized for their failed creepy joke,  adding that their intention was not to upset customers, especially the children. Mona Urfjell, one of the many outraged clients of Europris, wrote on Facebook that “There’s no doubt my children would have been terrified if they’d seen this in the shops. I think it’s such a shame that we have an American tradition so violently forced down our throats.” Another person, Gudveig Olsen wrote that “It’s absolutely terrible and it should not be allowed.” “Do we not have enough violence in the country without these kind of crazy people bringing such things into the shops,” Ivar Larsen asked rhetorically.

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Photo: Viktor Leeds Høgseth, Rana Blad / ANB

Source: NRK


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  • Lori Posted on October 30, 2013

    When is this stupid PC police crap going to stop. Not until some of these “offensive” people/stores stand up for themselves and tell these idiots to f*** off and sit down and shut up!

  • Minda Posted on October 31, 2013

    I agree….taking it WAY too seriously!! It’s Halloween, have fun with it people!

  • Kristin Posted on November 8, 2013

    Though I agree the media and people might have overreacted, it’s important to remember that this happened in Norway, a country where Halloween is not commonly celebrated and even frowned upon by the older generations. American holidays, values and traditions are slowly migrating over, causing both tension and frustration. :) Chopped up hands in meat packaging at a family friendly store such as Europris where most kids don’t even know what Halloween is unless they watch a lot of TV is… yeah. Frightening.

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