KappAhl threatened by Hells Angels

Clothing retailer KappAhl has taken two items off its shelves after two members of the Hells Angels threatened to assault a staff member at an outlet in southern Sweden.

On Thursday members of the motorcycle club demanded the removal of a t-shirt and a baseball cap. They claimed that an image printed on the items of clothing resembled the winged skull that is the motorcycle club’s trademark.

“They threatened to beat up the employee,” a witness told Aftonbladet.

The newspaper reports that KappAhl made an immediate decision to remove the offending items from its stores in Malmö and Helsingborg.

“They said that the shirts constitute trademark violation and we always react quickly in such cases,” an anonymous spokesman for KappAhl told Aftonbladet.

As far as the company’s spokesman was aware, the Hells Angels had not supplied any concrete proof that their emblem had been plagiarized. Nor was he certain that they would have taken such swift action if a regular customer had made similar unsubstantiated claims.

“I can’t give such a general answer, but of course there is a fear-tinged respect for the Hells Angels, though it’s not something I am proud of saying,” he said.

According to Aftonbladet, KappAhl has not reported the incident to the police.