A tis a Monday morning, the sky is blue and the seagulls are circling over my office window.
Time, methinks, to award my prestigious and internationally renowned "Prats of The Week" Award.
This week it goes to Ebay!
Well my old muckers, just ask Paul Ramsier who tried to sell the classic children's game "Escape From Colditz" on Ebay.
The good people of Ebay removed his product, and accused him of inciting racial hatred.
Ebay has a policy of banning items with Swastikas, the box has a Swastika on it.
OK, I guess that at a very long stretch of the imagination were this policy to be applied 100% then it could be argued that it was just tough luck for Mr Ramsier.
However, there are two flies in Ebay's oinkment:
1 It is clear that "Escape From Colditz" does not in any way encourage or promote racism or Nazi propaganda (not least because the objective of the game - invented by an ex Colditz prisoner - is to escape from the Nazis).
2 Here's the killer fact, Ebay contains lots of items with Swastikas. Type in eg "Swastika" into their search engine, and see what you come up with Ebay.
A spokeswoman for Ebay said:
"We will remove listings that bear the marks of organisations that promote hatred and racial intolerance and we are strict and unapologetic in adhering to this policy.
With 100 million listings globally we have to apply this rule to any item bearing such insignia, regardless of whether it is an innocent item like a board game."
Ebaywell deserving "Prats of The Week", and not very "efficient" Prats of the Week to boot!
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