After an employee of a national chain refused to sell a few condoms due to “religious beliefs”, the man scheduled a vasectomy.
Nate Pentz, who lives in Minnesota, was shopping at a Walgreens in Hayward, Wisconsin, with his partner, Jess. As Jess checked, Pentz says the cashier refused to sell her condoms.
“Went to Hayward for groceries and a stop at @Walgreens because we left Jess’s birth control at home,” Pentz shared in a series of tweets posted on July 3 that have since gone viral. “As Jess was leaving, the cashier John told her he couldn’t sell her the condoms.”
Pentz tweeted that his partner replied, “Oh I got ’em there.” He then shared that the cashier replied, “We can, but I won’t because of my faith.”
In another tweet, Pentz said his partner told the clerk that her desire to buy condoms was “none of your business.”
“I can get a manager here, do you want me to finish checking these things?” the clerk replied, according to Pentz’s tweet. “Not from you,” he said, his partner replied.
Pentz also shared a screenshot of a complaint his partner filed with the store, after being asked to “describe their recent experience.”
“At store #11857 in Hayward, WI, cashier John refused to sell me condoms because of his ‘faith,'” the complaint read. “He started embarrassing me in front of other clients for my breeding choices.”
In a statement to NBC News, a spokesperson for Walgreens said company policies “are designed to ensure that we meet the needs of our patients and customers while respecting the religious and moral beliefs of our team members. “.
“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. happened in that statement,” the spokesperson added.
On Thursday, July 21, in a follow-up tweet, Pentz wrote, “After the incident at Walgreens I made an appointment for a vasectomy.” He also shared two people’s personal stories of getting a permanent contraceptive – a man shared his experience of having a vasectomy, while a woman shared the experience of having her tubes tied.
TODAY contacted Walgreens for further comment on Thursday, and did not hear back at press time.
According to a May analysis of Google Trends and search volumes by Innerbody Research, a home health product research firm, at-home searches for vasectomies increased 99% after a draft advisory was published. vacating Roe v Wade earlier this week.
After the cancellation of Roe v Wade, online searches for “male contraception 2022” increased by 2,471%, according to a Google Trends analysis conducted by Power, a clinical trials search platform.
When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Justice Clarence Thomas, in a concurring opinion, argued that the Court “should reconsider” the cases establishing the right to same-sex marriage and contraception.
On Thursday, the House passed the Right to Contraception Act, which if enacted would establish a right in federal law for people to access and use contraceptives. The final vote was 228 to 195, with all but eight House Republicans voting “no”.
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