An Amazon worker put a note saying, ‘Greetings from Uncle Adolf,’ in a parcel for a Jewish mum – and left her so anxious she was off work for two days, according to metro.co.uk.
The worker has now been fired.
The customer – who said she did not wish to be identified in case of reprisals – found the note in a package of toys for her niece.
The woman’s friend Liran Meydat, an IT worker from north London, said Amazon only took action after being ‘shamed’ on social media.
Liran, 39, ‘When she told us about the note she was shaking – she’s a very gentle and humble lady.
‘She does a lot for charity – both Jewish and non-Jewish – and helps all members of the community, that’s why she took it very badly.
Liran said that his friend ‘freaked out’ when she discovered the note as she opened the parcel on December 22.
The note was found within the Amazon packaging but not within the product, leading Liran to believe it was placed in there by a member of Amazon staff.
Within 20 minutes of reporting the incident to the police, Liran claims officers attended and took the toy, packaging and note away for forensic testing.
Liran said: ‘The Met took it very seriously, we’re very happy about how they’ve handled it.
An Amazon spokesman said: ‘We take this incident seriously and have apologised to the customer. We have investigated the matter and dismissed the individual involved.’
A Met Police spokesman said: ‘Police were called to an address in NW1 at 19:21hrs on 22 December 2016 to reports of an offence of malicious communications.
‘This is being treated as a hate crime. No arrests have been made. Enquiries continue.