Couple wants 'offensive' Canadian flag bath towels banned

A Canadian fan flies his flag during the second half of FIFA U-20 World Cup quarterfinals game with...

A Canadian fan flies his flag during the second half of FIFA U-20 World Cup quarterfinals game with Germany at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton Alta., on Aug. 16, 2014. Germany won 2-0. Ian Kucerak/Edmonton Sun/ QMI Agency

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, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Sanjeev Chawla flies his flag high, but he won't use it to get dry.

The patriotic immigrant and his wife Sangeeta are on a crusade to get Canada flag bath towels off the shelves at local stores.

Sanjeev said he was "rather horrified" to find towels bearing the flag at an Edmonton drug store.

"If it is a towel showing an exact replica of a Canadian flag and if someone is using this as a towel, rubbing your body and your feet, it's offensive. It's offensive against our identity," he said.

"If you're using it and throwing it in the sand on the beach or somewhere, don't you feel that it's insulting? The image of our flag should be treated with respect."

Sanjeev and Sangeeta unveiled a massive 20-by-40-foot Canadian flag at Oliver school on Canada Day that they ordered custom-made from Ontario.

Sanjeev said the Canadian flag is a source of pride and inspiration for the couple, who moved to Toronto from India 10 years ago with their four-year-old son and relocated to Edmonton in 2008.


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