Hamburg supermarket empties shelves of foreign goods to make political point

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Hamburg supermarket empties shelves of foreign goods to make political point
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In one of supermarket chain Edeka’s shops in Hamburg at the weekend, shelves were emptied in an effort to celebrate the diversity of their products and show how empty their store would be without products from abroad.


Signs which appeared around the store condemned racism and exclusivity with sayings such as “Without diversity, this shelf is rather boring” and “Our selection knows borders today,” reported Focus Online on Monday.

In an effort to show people how boring Germany would be without diversity, their customers were left to do without food they consume regularly, such as tomatoes from Spain, olives from Greece, or cheese from France.

Beside an almost completely empty cheese shelf stood only a sign that said: “This is how empty a shelf is without foreigners.”

A Facebook post containing several photos of the grocery store’s initiative published on Saturday has so far garnered around 24,000 reactions.

Edeka customer Holger Krupp, who had shared a picture inside the shop via Twitter, compared the empty shelves to those of grocery stories in Cuba.



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