Walgreens employee refuses to sell condoms to married woman citing “my faith”

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2022/07/walgreens-employee-refuses-sell-condoms-married-woman-citing-faith/

The religious feelings of the clerk  took priority over the woman’s being equal to a man and able to determine her own sexual / medical needs.   This is what the SCOTUS has created, a place where the Christian religion which views women as inferiors who must submit to the rules of the males, she is basically own by men.   It strips women of the rights of life, liberty, and happiness and any equality rights of the constitution.   Thomas made a mistake because many think mixed race marriages like his are against their religion.    But think on this, in the TYT video I posted a woman was denied the right to birth control her doctor prescribed and a company was losing sales due to the religious beliefs of one woman in the pharmacy that refused to fill or sell the medications the doctor prescribed.   Women welcome to the discriminations trans people have experience for years.   But what this comes down to is these religious people feel they have a right to push their religion on to other people and the religious person has the right to regulate the personal behavior of the other person.   They really feel they have the right to tell you how to have sex, when you can have sex, and also tell you who you can have sex with.   Think of that.   They feel their religion allows them the right to tell you, to control your sexual activity when they are not even involved.    It creates a ruling religious class that all people are required to obey.   Will dress standards for modesty becoming next, will religious people be able to tell others that the skin they are showing in public offend their religious moral convictions and require they change or go inside?    The US Christian Taliban.    Hugs

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A woman named Jessica Pentz has shared her story of an employee of a Walgreens drugstore refusing to sell her a box of condoms. The employee told her that selling condoms was against his religious beliefs.

In response, a Walgreens spokesperson said that its employees are allowed to “step away from completing a transaction to which they have a moral objection.” The company’s policy has troubling implications considering that the U.S. Supreme Court may soon reconsider its decision guaranteeing people’s rights to contraception.

Related: Walgreens sued after a security guard shot a black, gay man for ‘shoplifting’

While vacationing in Wisconsin with her husband, Pentz realized she left her oral contraceptives at home, she told the Star Tribune. So she visited a Walgreens store in the city of Hayward to purchase condoms.

When she arrived at the checkout register, a clerk named John told her, “I can’t sell those to you.” When she asked for clarification, the clerk allegedly replied, “We can sell that to you. But I will not, because of my faith.”

Pentz said, “That’s none of your business.”

The clerk responded, “Well, I’m sorry, this is what my faith demands.”

“You’re not sorry,” Pentz replied.

She said that during their interaction, a line of customers began forming behind her. She then realized she was the only woman in the store. She began wondering if the clerk would’ve refused to sell her the condoms if she were a man.

The clerk called over a manager who signed the clerk out of the register, and the clerk reportedly left the area with a smirk. The manager then proceeded to sell Pentz the condoms.

When Pentz left the store, another customer named Alec Jeffery followed her into the parking lot. He had overheard her conversation with the clerk, had seen the clerk’s smirk, and told Pentz, “It was complete bulls**t, and you handled that way better than I would have.”

Pentz was shocked that a store clerk would refuse to sell her a product carried in their own store. She also felt bad for any younger or less confident person who might experience similar pushback from an unwilling sales clerk.

When asked about the incident, a Walgreens spokesperson said, “Our company policy allows team members to step away from completing a transaction to which they have a moral objection and refer the transaction to a fellow team member or manager who will complete the customer’s request.”

The policy is troubling considering that Walgreens, the second-largest pharmacy chain in the U.S., may serve as the only source for contraceptives in some communities.

The store’s policy is even more alarming considering that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas recently stated wish to overturn previous Supreme Court decisions, including Griswold v. Connecticut, the ruling that recognized the right to access to contraceptives.

Even if the Supreme Court doesn’t overturn that ruling, it could still issue a “religious freedom” ruling that would empower employees of any business to refuse to sell just about any item to an LGBTQ customer or any other customer under the guise of “religious beliefs,” even if a state bans discrimination in public accommodations.

The previous presidential administration signaled its support to provide legal protections for businesses that refuse to serve customers under “sincerely held religious beliefs.” A future Republican administration could try to reinstate similar rules, threatening the ability of adults to make decisions concerning their own sexual health.

9 thoughts on “Walgreens employee refuses to sell condoms to married woman citing “my faith”

  1. The clerk should have IMMEDIATELY turned the transaction over to the Manager (or fellow team member) based on the stated company policy. And the fact that he didn’t should have brought a reprimand by the Manager.

    Of course, as many of us know, this is simply a sign of the times.

    P.S. I’m guessing the woman asked for condom because they can be purchased without a prescription? So why didn’t she send her HUSBAND in the first place?

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    1. “So why didn’t she send her HUSBAND in the first place?”

      Because women have a right to buy condoms…? What if she drove to Walgreens alone? What if her husband was raised in a sexually repressive environment and buying condoms embarrasses him? What if she was having an affair? What if the gender of the person buying condoms is nobody’s damn business? I’ve bought plenty of boxes of condoms, both before and after getting married, because I was out at the grocery store or drug store anyway and I don’t need my husband’s permission or help to buy them.

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    2. Hello Nan. He did not call for a manager right away because the point was to block her from getting the product. The manager would have hastened her getting the condoms. His hope was she would become frustrated and angry and just leave.

      No the management is afraid to reprimand him as it sated in the article as these people are using the SCOTUS religious freedom of Christians must never be interfered with, so a reprimand would end up in court and the company is afraid they would lose and owe the clerk a settlement.

      But your last thought stunned me from a strong woman such as yourself. First she picked them off the shelf, second they are a legal product, third does a woman now need her husband to by stuff for her? What if she had wanted a beer? Or if her husband was back at home / the hotel? Does she need permission to leave the house or use money also? Will it be better to have women escorted by men when they are out so they can have the men buy the things that are legal that other men won’t sell to a female? I was not around when women couldn’t get a credit card in their own name and had to have men co-sign loans, but I sure don’t want to return to those days. Do you? Hugs

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        1. Hello Nan. Did you see Ash’s comment? It really opened my eyes on how bad medically it has been for women with some male doctors and how these cases are going to affect men, both married and not, when it comes to getting condoms. We are headed into a very bad time because some people cannot stop obsessing over how other people have sex and with who. Hey if these people don’t want sex they have that right, but why the hell do they think they have the right to stop the rest of us from having such enjoyment. I don’t like some vegetables but I don’t insist no one else be able to eat them. Hugs

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  2. I appreciate your writing on this topic, and your allyship in reproductive rights for women and AFAB folks! However, three things:

    -“Women welcome to the discriminations trans people have experience for years.” I appreciate that trans folks face a lot of medical discrimination and have difficulty getting appropriate medical care. That’s awful and needs to be remedied yesterday. However, this implies that women haven’t been experiencing medical discrimination and it feels very reductive. Walgreens was in the news a few years ago for refusing to fill a misoprostol prescription for a woman who wanted her pregnancy but it wasn’t viable, and again a few weeks ago for the same medication for a woman who uses it for an ongoing condition, even after the condition was confirmed with her doctor. Doctors have refused women pills, shots, and IUDs. So, so many women are denied voluntary sterilization because we’re too young and don’t know what we want, or “what if you change your mind,” or because we haven’t had any children yet, or because we need the permission of a husband. Women are chronically not believed by doctors, or thought to be exaggerating, when we tell them about our symptoms. I personally have been told by a doctor that I’m lying about my chronic back pain, despite having had an MRI that showed my spinal defect and having received treatment from other doctors in the past for the same pain. Women have faced medical discrimination–largely reproductive discrimination, but also accusations of exaggeration and hysteria–for as long as there have been women, and I feel like pretending otherwise because trans folks also face medical discrimination is reductive and condescending.

    -“…will religious people be able to tell others that the skin they are showing in public offend their religious moral convictions and require they change or go inside?” It’s already happening. https://www.reddit.com/r/PublicFreakout/comments/sk0b08/man_goes_to_the_beach_and_tells_group_of_girls/
    His fiancee jumped in on it https://www.reddit.com/r/PublicFreakout/comments/pjp2dg/part_2_of_man_shaming_women_at_the_beach_for_not/
    And then he doubled down. I don’t have Tiktok so I can’t find a link, but his name is Logan Vandorn. Fortunately, he actually faced consequences, but this also happened before the SCOTUS coup so we’ll see how it’s handled in the future.

    -“Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas …Griswold v. Connecticut, the ruling that recognized the right to access to contraceptives.” Right for married couples* to accesses contraceptives. Keep an eye out also for Eisenstadt v. Baird (right to contraception access for unmarried couples) and Carey vs. Population Services International (right for non-pharmacists to advertise and display contraceptives, for non-pharmacists to sell nonprescription contraceptives to minors 16+, and for any adult to distribute nonprescription contraceptives to minors under 16). Griswold is the foundation upon which these rulings were built, especially Eisenstadt.

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    1. Hello Ash. Thank you. Both for the correction and the information. I was wrong in the way I phrased that sentence. I was trying to equate what I thought were new restrictions to the inability of trans people to get the hormone treatment they need. Again I was wrong and did not think it out. I was really unaware how large the problem was that women had faced over the years. I had read only small snippets of the things described and had thought it was regulated to the past. I am sorry it is still a problem. One thing I will add is when you talk of your pain being dismissed and not taken seriously one of the crimes against humanity I have read about was female slaves having operations being performed on them with no anesthesia or pain medication because they were thought not to feel pain like white people.

      On the beach clothing issue, I watched one of those videos before, but I thought that was an isolated incident. Thank you for sending them. I was referring to official vice police like Islamic countries / Taliban use. For most people I think it has not hit that this is not just a problem that pregnant people are facing. But as you point out it is going effect married and unmarried women and men. It is an attempt to force the entire country to live under the dictates of a specific religious view. What frightens me is how fast this is moving before the people really understand what is happening and form a defense. These people have worked for this outcome for decades.

      Thank you for the extra contraception / condom cases. I will look them up in the morning. I get so angry at these people that think any sexual fun is “sin” based on writing from 2,500 years ago and totally disregard any modern understanding of the benefits and just joy of the act. Why do they hate something so enjoyable and good for those that want it and consent? Why do some people feel a desperate need to police other people’s sex acts / activity? I don’t get it; I think it is really creepy they spend so much time and effort thinking about what others are doing with their body parts and who they are doing it with.

      Again thank you for sharing the information with me and updating my understanding on the issue. Best wishes. Hugs

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  3. Hello Ash. Thank you. Both for the correction and the information. I was wrong in the way I phrased that sentence. I was trying to equate what I thought were new restrictions to the inability of trans people to get the hormone treatment they need. Again I was wrong and did not think it out. I was really unaware how large the problem was that women had faced over the years. I had read only small snippets of the things described and had thought it was regulated to the past. I am sorry it is still a problem. One thing I will add is when you talk of your pain being dismissed and not taken seriously one of the crimes against humanity I have read about was female slaves having operations being performed on them with no anesthesia or pain medication because they were thought not to feel pain like white people.

    On the beach clothing issue, I watched one of those videos before, but I thought that was an isolated incident. Thank you for sending them. I was referring to official vice police like Islamic countries / Taliban use. For most people I think it has not hit that this is not just a problem that pregnant people are facing. But as you point out it is going effect married and unmarried women and men. It is an attempt to force the entire country to live under the dictates of a specific religious view. What frightens me is how fast this is moving before the people really understand what is happening and form a defense. These people have worked for this outcome for decades.

    Thank you for the extra contraception / condom cases. I will look them up in the morning. I get so angry at these people that think any sexual fun is “sin” based on writing from 2,500 years ago and totally disregard any modern understanding of the benefits and just joy of the act. Why do they hate something so enjoyable and good for those that want it and consent? Why do some people feel a desperate need to police other people’s sex acts / activity? I don’t get it; I think it is really creepy they spend so much time and effort thinking about what others are doing with their body parts and who they are doing it with.

    Again thank you for sharing the information with me and updating my understanding on the issue. Best wishes. Hugs

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