Last week, I wrote about how CVS Pharmacies in Washington, D.C. are continuing to limit access to condoms by locking up some stores and declining to work with public health activist groups. The main problem with condom lock-up is that it forces customers to interact with several employees, wait around in front of the condom box, and verbally request the product. In short, it’s embarrassing.
Sometimes, the employees make it more so. I stopped by a CVS in Los Angeles last week to pick up some personal items—-not condoms, though. I approached the cashier with a box of tampons, some Midol, and a pack of gum. I was with a boy.
The cashier rung up my merchandise, requested my CVS card, and delivered my change. Then, she said this to us:
“You kids have fun this weekend, whatever you do or don’t do!”
Whatever we “do” or “don’t do”? You got us good, CVS. I thought your employees could only make me uncomfortable about doing it when I bought something actually related to sex. Now I know you can make me uncomfortable about doing it (or not doing it!) when I buy anything at all!
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