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Orem storeowner uses Nazi phrase to deride Utah mask mandate

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Posted at 2:59 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 16:59:04-05

OREM, Utah — The owner of an Orem tuxedo store is using a Nazi phrase to voice his displeasure over Utah's mask mandate to help fight the current COVID-19 surge.

A sign on the door at the Tuxedo Warehouse location at 155 400 North says "Gov's mandate, Masks required, Sieg Heil!"

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The phrase "Sieg Heil" was used by Nazis when saluting Adolf Hitler and his regime with an outstretched arm and open hand. In German, the phrase translates to "Hail to victory" or "Hail victory."

After a photo of the sign was posted to social media over the weekend, a number of people voiced their anger.

"This is truly terrifying," said one woman on Twitter.

Another woman upset over the sign left a message for the store on its Facebook page.

"Just saw your charming note. I won’t ever frequent your business again and I’ll tell everybody I know not to either," wrote the woman.

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"This makes me sad. I know there are still decent people out there in the world, but things like this are so discouraging." a person wrote on Reddit.

On Nov. 8, Gov. Herbert issued a 2-week emergency order issuing a statewide mask mandate after COVID-19 cases surged during the second wave of the coronavirus.

FOX 13 reached out to the store owner and received a voicemail reply claiming he was using the Nazi phrase in a different manner, but did not elaborate.