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I saw this tweet on Twitter (it’s been self deleted by its author since it was first posted here, but add Wayback Machine link for reference) and am a bit skeptical about the claims made it—and implied—by it. Images from the tweet below; text from the Dan Hett who posted it on Twitter is here:

“this poor guy dressed himself and his kids as historical figures for halloween and got a load abuse. unbelievable, the costumes can't be that ba.... okay never mind”

First, while I believe the photo of the adult man and some children is a real photo, was this photo actually taken in 2018 during a Halloween celebration? Where did it come from? Additionally, a screenshot of supposed claims of violence made against the man and the children are made. But did this all actually happen? It seems like the claims allude to this happening in the U.S., but the avatar for the screenshot of the complain clearly shows a German flag.

Did this man dress up as a Nazi and dress up his child as Adolf Hitler for Halloween in 2018 and have he—and the children he was with—physically threatened by strangers?

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Text claiming to be from the adult dressed as a Nazi in the picture

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    @Oddthinking In general, I would like some verification because while I can believe the pic was taken, I am not 100% convinced this happened in 2018 and not 100% convinced the presented response is real either. – JakeGould Oct 27 '18 at 2:31
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    “Trail of treats” seems suspiciously similar to “trail of tears”. I suspect trolling in the quoted FB post. – Andrew Grimm Oct 27 '18 at 2:45
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    @AndrewGrimm: Seems to be a real thing, based on a pun. e.g. facebook.com/events/297109091068959 – Oddthinking Oct 27 '18 at 5:41
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    This claim seems to involve someone who has no other claim to fame. It's not like he's a member of a royal family or an analyst in Human Rights Watch who investigated Israel. The claim is about some random member of the public. Is a random member of the public and his family wearing such costumes a notable claim? Or should we let it go? – Andrew Grimm Oct 27 '18 at 22:49
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    The rant against the "Tolerant Left" in the last sentence of the tweet makes me wonder whether the costumes were a genuine Halloween idea or a political provocation using children. – Evargalo Oct 29 '18 at 10:18
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A Kentucky news station interviewed Bryant Goldbach, who apologized for the costumes. I don't know if it's true or not that they were threatened over the costume, but other interviews conducted by the station made it pretty clear that people weren't happy about the costumes at all.

This happened at the 2018 Owensboro, KY Trail of Treats.

Goldbach also provided this photo:

Bryant Goldbach dressed as a Nazi with his son at the 2018 Owensboro, KY Trail of Treats

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    Good answer! And fair enough about the threats; which I doubt happened. I think people might have actually been more scared of this jerk and just casually criticized him, but not threaten his child. Also, in the video he claims he “came up with the idea at the last minute.” Really? Like he had no costume ideas so he just went though his closet, got the readily available Nazi gear he had and just ran with it? What a putz! – JakeGould Oct 27 '18 at 15:39
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    Perhaps a reference to the father's thinking that, because it was a historical figure, he says he was surprised that people took offense, would flesh out the events a bit more. – PoloHoleSet Oct 29 '18 at 21:26
  • @PoloHoleSet: Or it could lend undue weight to a pretty poor argument? – DevSolar Oct 30 '18 at 7:02
  • @DevSolar - I don't have a huge problem believing that someone is either so sheltered/isolated/ignorant or is immersed enough in their own racism that they genuinely thought of it as "just" a historical theme. Now, if you're looking for a justification or excuse to make it not offensive, yeah, that's weak. If you're looking for whether this guy set out to intentionally offend most of the society he lives in, I can believe he wasn't doing it as a big "F U." But, that is his claim, he did immediately apologize for it, so I think that's part of the content for a more complete picture of events. – PoloHoleSet Nov 1 '18 at 15:47

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