In Chicago, Illinois at a local CVS customer Camilla Hudson attempted to purchase a product with a coupon that the product’s manufacturer had mailed to her. A photo of the coupon posted below on her Facebook page shows that it had a Dec. 31, 2018 expiration date.
“The CVS manager on duty said that he’d never seen a coupon like the one I had and said that he thought it was fraudulent,” Hudson recounted in a Facebook post.
“When I asked for his name and his title/role within the store, he became agitated and rude. When I pulled out my phone to document what happened and exactly what he’d said to me (and how he’d said it!) he turned his back and walked away from me,” she wrote.
Hudson said she followed the manager as he went into a back room and slammed the door behind him. A second manager then approached her, advising her to leave because the police had been called, she said. According to Hudson’s post, the employee called 911 twice, in one call accusing her of harassing them.
Thankfully the officers left without taking any action and did not file a police report, the Chicago Police Department told HuffPost. Hudson said she left shortly after their arrival, but we hate to think about what could have happened if the police were unreasonable (like the cartoon example above).
CVS apologized to Hudson in a statement and said the two employees involved are no longer employed by CVS Health.
“CVS Health does not tolerate any practice that discriminates against any customer and we are committed to maintaining a welcoming and diverse environment in our stores,” the statement read. “We have firm non-discrimination policies in place to help ensure that all customers are treated with respect and dignity. Profiling or any other type of discriminatory behavior is strictly prohibited.”
This incident comes after a flurry of racial profiling incidents around the country were innocent people are being targeted for absolutely no reason at all.
For example in Cleveland, Ohio a 12 year-old entrepreneur was working with his lawn-mowing business and someone called the police on him for accidentally mowing the wrong yard.
In Oakland, California on April 29, 2019 a white woman reportedly called police on a few black people who, she said, were using a charcoal grill in an area where it was banned, according to CNN affiliate KRON. Oakland police arrived; no one was arrested. But the 25-minute episode was captured on video, then posted to YouTube and viewed more than 2 million times.
Maybe if those who call the Police for frivolous charges get fined-it would prevent this kind of nonsense. I can make this stuff up!
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