A Zurich-based retailer called Migros is frantically trying to recall several thousand mini-creamer packages that were issued ostensibly to commemorate a vintage cigar band series, but ended up featuring portraits of Hitler and Mussolini. You’d have to assume that the process went something like this: Someone saw that two of the most horrible people ever once appeared on cigar bands, thought the pictures were cool, and that person was a Martian. The sets are somehow still available on the company’s website for now, but production of all dictator lids has been halted for now. Migros also has said it’s done doing business with the third-party supplier, Karo-Versand.
Incredibly, the company learned what it had done only after seeing a reader-submitted photo in the paper 20 Minutes. In a very true statement, a company spokesman said nostalgic Hitler and Mussolini coffee creamers weren’t “images accompanying a book about World War II, but rather something meant to be enjoyed with coffee and a chocolate cake,” and as everybody knows, Hitler and House Blend do not mix. “You cannot put Pol Pot or a terrorist on a milk creamer,” it wrote. “It is unacceptable.”