Walgreens employee denies selling condoms because of his religious beliefs
A Walgreens employee who refused to sell condoms to a woman on religious grounds earlier this month was allowed to do so under company policies.
NBC News reported a viral tweet explaining the ordeal of a client, Nate Pentz, in Hayward, Wisconsin.
Mr Pentz said his girlfriend forgot her birth control at home, so she went to the store to buy some condoms. When she went to checkout, the cashier said he wouldn’t call her “because of my faith”, according to Mr Pentz’s tweet.
A spokesperson for Walgreens said in a statement to NBC that it has policies that allow customers to get what they need while respecting the religious and moral beliefs of its employees.
“Cases are rare, but when a team member has a moral or religious belief about completing a transaction, they are required to refer the customer to another employee or department manager who will complete the transaction. that occurred in this case,” the statement read.
Yahoo News reported that the policy has been in place since 2018.
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The outlet reported another case this month when a woman named Abigail Martin was denied a birth control prescription renewal at an undisclosed Walgreens location.
Ms. Martin said she was denied by a pharmacist who wore two crosses around her neck.
When Ms Martin said she had returned to the location on another date, another pharmacist filled her prescription and said the pharmacy had this problem with the same employee for the previous two weeks.