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CVS Criticized for Condom Lockup in Communities of Color

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I want to add to my last post. when people take it upon their self to go into a business and steal, the business takes a loss for the moment. but then they raise the prices on things to make up their losses, now who pays for this? the customer who didnt steal, is now paying for the theft. punishment is given to the ones who do the right thing.thanks thieves for making life harder for everyone else.

August 12, 2009 Baltimore


I work in an inner city emergency room. We have to lock everything down or it is stolen. Forget equipment in a room? It is gone. This has nothing to do with race or poverty level, it is strictly loss prevention. Shame on Change to Win for trying to turn this into something it is not.

July 13, 2009


in my opinion if these stores are getting thigs stolen alot then lock up what you need to lock up. the health department and doctors offices give out free condoms. CVS (or which ever store it happens to be) they pay for all their products so why should they take a loss because of theft? they shouldnt.

June 25, 2009


“We do know from studies that free access to condoms cuts down on sexually transmitted infections"... CVS is not in the "FREE access business" .. they pay for the condoms and if they have to lock them up because people who think they should have "FREE access" to them can't figure out they have to pay for them at CVS... oh well.. too bad.

June 25, 2009 Trenton


This is really more about class than race. I have lived in a lower middle class to poor black neighborhood for 23 years and our CVS locks up condoms along with many other items. I have seen with my own eyes, the shoplifting that occurs. When in a middle to upper class black neighborhood, things are not locked up. So it appears that race is not the issue. Shoplifting is the issue and it hurts everyone in the community.

June 25, 2009 Washington, DC


I agree with the majority of those already posted. I know in Mass. there are free condoms everywhere. Besides, stores have the right to lock up anything they want to lock up - they already paid for it! Stealing only drives up prices on everything else. It's a survival issue, not a racial issue. Don't make it one. I also agree that CTW, along with many other "whiner" groups, should all put their money where their mouths are and supply freebies to ALL communities because ALL people need them.

June 25, 2009 Massachusetts


I think they have every right to lock up any items that are prone to being stolen. If people in "The Communities of Color" didn't steal anything that wasn't bolted down CVS would not have to put this policy into place. More people should take responsibility and realize that the actions CVS or any other store has to take regarding theft is a direct result of whats being done in any given community. If they hadn't stolen in the first place there would be no issue.

June 25, 2009 Massachusetts


I think this is wrong. I know for a fact, for my self that is, If condoms were locked up I wouldn't ask for them. I am just the shy to ask for something like this. I can't even talk to my doc. about condoms. let alone ask a store clerk for a box of them. I think they should have to take it down. and then have to stand outside and educate people on HIV/AIDS and hand out free condoms to the public.

June 25, 2009 Tucson


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