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For the first eight days of June, every shelf inside the CVS at 1700 Columbia Road NW bearing anything remotely edible—from infant formula to Nutter Butters—bristled with fliers. The store couldn’t sell any food, drinks, or candy, the notices declared in English and Spanish. Most shoppers, though, seemed blithely oblivious to the signs, not to mention a D.C. Department of Health letter pasted on the front door citing an undisclosed “imminent danger to public health.” When an employee thwarted Adams Morgan resident Alessandra Guevara’s attempt to buy a Sprite, Guevara said, “I was sort of mad, ’cause I was thirsty.” So, too, it turned out, were the neighborhood rodents. A Health Department press release noted that the location had “evidence of rodents inside of establishment.” CVS spokesperson Mike D’Angelis doesn’t acknowledge the rodents. “Believe it or not, it was something to do with plumbing in the sink,” he says of the violation.

—Bidisha Banerjee