CVS drugstore

Have you ever shopped at a CVS drugstore and noticed a CVS employee hovering nearby? You weren't imagining things. According to the NY Daily News, blacks and Hispanics are routinely targeted by CVS security for shopping while minorities.

A federal discrimination lawsuit accuses America's 2nd largest pharmacy retailer of discriminating against black and Hispanic consumers.

Sheldon Thomas, a former store detective, says he was ordered to increase his surveillance on black and Hispanic shoppers.

Thomas, who worked for the pharmacy chain from January 2012 to July 2013, said a supervisor told him “watch the black n----rs that come in the store.”

He claims his former supervisor told him, “There are a lot of black and Spanish people here. Make sure you watch them.”

Thomas, who is black, said the supervisor instructed him to file charges against black shoplifters while letting white shoplifters go.

“When you catch the black people, lock them up,” and, “When you catch the Spanish people, lock them up,” the lawsuit claims.

Three former CVS security personal are also pursuing discrimination lawsuits against CVS.

The drugstore chain released a statement denying the allegations.

“CVS Health has firm nondiscrimination policies that are rigorously enforced throughout the company,” the company said in a statement.

“We do not tolerate any practices that discriminate against any of our customers or employees, and our market investigator training explicitly prohibits the profiling of customers."

  • jussaying

    *personnel.

  • iWasteTime

    is it a class action?

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    It true..the end..

  • It’s Taurus Season

    Oop. WELP.

  • bemetoo

    he aint lying in miami my black cousin and my dominican brothers and sisters are always being target in CVS SHIDD they be doing runouts at the CVS in miami gardens off 199th and 37 ave

  • BeantownBabe

    Is this a Class action because I swear I call CVS corporate everyday about these practices. Take them to the cleaners

  • It’s Taurus Season

    His ass got receipts too Im sure. Oh well.They deserve to get sued.

  • Full Monty

    And meanwhile other races cleaning up LOL! Do they not realize that these people tag teaming stealing? Minorities know they are being watched so they send their white friends in as covers. I guess I will continue at Walgreens then.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    If it's not, I'm sure it soon will be. It's a CVS on every corner in NYC. I'm disappointed, yet not at all surprised.

  • Alex

    So how can I file a class action suit against the "Beauty Supply Store" ???? lol They have people walking around with shopping carts as if they are shopping and they are really checking to see if you are stealing. I will never go back to a Chinese beauty supply store again, its just rude. and to the point where I would just carry my wallet or debit card and leave my purse behind so that they wouldn't suspect anything.
    Sally's here I come :)

  • SpillyNillie

    Truuueeeee...but Sally's don't have that work tho...

  • SpillyNillie

    LOVE Walgreens, I don't step foot in CVS...

  • BrownSugar

    This is why we need to support our businesses. Others have a plenty of ways to make money off us and we hardly have any....

  • scentsychick30

    ?,Oh well I prefer Walgreens anyway. Cvs has a poor selection.

  • bemetoo

    wal greens too expensive

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Ah well.

  • It’s Taurus Season

    Walgreens pissed me off. Swear to God they were last chain with a discount card and used to make you have a coupon for the sale priced stuff. Like make you get a circular and tear coupon out.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    So his dumba$$ supervisors didn't think that he would quit his rent-a-cop job one day and spill the beans?

    Now that's dumb.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Trump's campaign manager has been charged in the battery of a reporter.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    What did they do for the community Freddie Gray lived in.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    That's the thing I have always liked about CVS. They always send me good coupons and I stay getting Extra Bucks. I only shop at Walgreens now bc it's closer to my new house.

  • Milani

    CVS is too expensive anyway, so they didn't get my business before, and definitely won't get it now.

  • 88

    Evidence of the system of racism white supremacy.

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    i have a law suit against them now for giving my daughter the wrong medication for her eye.. so...yeah they are on some bullshyt..

  • It’s Taurus Season

    I think I remma you TELLING US THAT @Wut. YES. Lord. I aint know it was THEM.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Wow. That's crazy. ?

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Wow. That's crazy. Is she Okay now?

  • therealashland

    I hope this messes up my exes 401k and stock option . Lol

  • It’s Taurus Season

    YES. I thought that to be the stupidest mess EVER. Im there to get Buy 2 get 25 free laundry detergent. That they advertising on their sign. And the lady is like yes. But That is WITH a coupon. Well bitch here it is. *flashes phone* We dont take coupons via phone. You have to go and get a circular. *motions towards the very front of the store* Bitch fugg yall detergent. This is too much work.

  • AnonymousRose

    oh..

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Really?

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Yep just popped up in my email from Huff Post.

  • SouljaSociety

    That's because black people steal... I'm black and I steal.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    True

  • Paige

    This is a damn shame.

  • Baron

    You are black and just so happen to steal. And I really hope you're kidding.

  • Futuredocdonte

    There are two that I go to in Baltimore. In one I haven't noticed. The other just reopened (because it was burned down during the riots ?)

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    See...?

  • Disappointed

    I noticed this at the CVS located at the Peachtree Center in Atlanta.

  • SouljaSociety

    I steal preferably Walmart.... I don't recall ever stealing from CVS.

    I got a freezer full of T-bone steaks, and chicken all for the free free.

  • It’s Taurus Season

    Thats a troll. Dont

  • MUNCHOSGIRL

    I shop at the one in Aventura, no one follows me around, and I am greeted when I enter the store.......don't carr for their coupon practices though, your coupons are just that, your coupons. Your coupons are connected to your card, so there is no sharing.

  • Queen B

    Well CVS even if discrimination is against your policy as a coporation, unfortunately u cant watch the words of every ignorant person that you hire. Therefore, you as a corporation must suffer

  • SouljaSociety

    Your grandmama is a troll... I've been on Sandra before Disqus even existed.. .

    You used to have to be approved on here, and registration was RARELY open, now she lettin all you on here.

    Edited by moderator: Just a reminder that this is not an Open Post.

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    They cyst in her eye healed bad as a result she will always have a blind spot dead center of her eye.. she can't do what she wanted to do as result. she wanted to follow in her brothers steps and become a Marine, but now she cant pass the test...

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout
  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    Yep.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Whoa

  • It’s Taurus Season

    Damn Wut!!!!! Im so sorry. I sure as hell recall her getting the wrong meds. Damn man

  • It’s Taurus Season

    Im so damn gleeful

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Poor baby.

  • SouljaSociety

    You fat nasty lazy ass walk to the front and get the coupon. You might lose some calories. stanky coochie .

    Your name should be "Too Many Calories"

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    New post

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    I couldn't get back on the blog fast enough to tell yall lol.

  • THE OLDER SISTAH

    "You used to have to be approved on here, and registration was RARELY open, now she lettin all you fat nastys on here"
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    You just proved her point. If you were not a troll and had been on here before Disqus you would know SHE has been on here forever. Don't waste your font answering me / cussing me or whatever...cause I don't give a fvk.!

  • SouljaSociety

    I bee here since 2008..... show respect.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Wow. I'm so sorry to hear that. I'll just believe that her calling in life lay elsewhere and she will soar and be happy regardless. But hell yeah, make them pay!

  • It’s Taurus Season

    I just kept right on scrolling.

  • Jusstlookn

    Nothing New, most stores do it....Glad they got caught slipping

  • MzFutureLCSW

    Caught .............in the act!

  • Paige

    That's terrible! Yea, they need to be held responsible. That's unacceptable.

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    It hasn't interrupted her natural gift and thats artistry.. She is a beast at drawing and painting. Simply amazing. So she wants to go to school for that. She can make good money doing that digitally.

  • Brownie

    RiteAid is getting away with it too. I went to a Rite Aid 811 FICHER BLVD IN TOMS RIVER NJ...(732) 929-3440 ?? To find that they chose to put the AA hairCARE products in the main isle with shaving products. They are NOT located in the haircare selection. That's disgusting and insulting. They could have put theft stickers on the products (along with the other merchandise) but to put them in the main isle with shaving products says a lot.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Reason # 1'099 why I'm not mad at shoplifters. I worked in retail all through out highschool and college. Lost prevention and other forms of store security are trained to racially profile people. Jokes on them because the over whelming majority of shoplifter are WHITE /ASIAN.No one follows them around and they pick the store clean! So while they're over there tailing Daquan , Dim Sum and Billy Bob racking up.

  • bemetoo

    lol yea i hated that

  • Buttercup

    Ain't that the truth! I thought it was odd that they have had a security guard in there, but I chalked it up to being holiday season. I went to get some gummies whilst waiting for a passport photo. Dude followed me, so without taking my eyes off the candy, I asked if he wanted gummy bears or Lifesavers. He walked off without responding. Rude.

  • bemetoo

    yea i know some people the steal out of that one the say its sweet

  • BlancheD

    I hope you get every penny you ask for and then some

  • LibraGirlonly

    Ignorant bish.

  • bemetoo

    you aint lying i was at macy's in downtown miami and its so funny they were watchn me like a hawk and i wasn't mad it wa so funny to me bc i knew who was lost prevention and who were floor walkers so i was walking around with 2 polos and i heard them on walkie talkies telling them too watch me while they watching me this white dude fuccking macys uphe walk out big to bags of shit and when he walk out the they were blaming each other saying you told me to watch this person.. i was laughing my ass off telling the girl at the register that wat yall get.. she replied "shwole is this happens all the time they never get the right person"

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Excellent! That is a growing industry that pays well.

  • MUNCHOSGIRL

    I wouldn't know about that....

  • sunni_daze

    The orders come from somewhere.

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    HAPPENED TO ME LAST WEEK...COULDN'T FIND WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR AND WAS HAPPY TO WALK AWAY.

  • Sexy CJ

    Nothing New.............The More Things Change; The More They Remain The Same.......

  • Yardgirl

    Ha! I worked at Sears while going to school and they would watch black folks so hard I would be pi$$ed off. One time they called in a suspicious black shopper and it was a new security guy, lol. I would be at the registers watching white people walk out with shyte and I would just laugh inside. One time they came in took a whole rack of jeans and bolted out the door. Fluck outta here if they thought I was going after them, shiiiid!!

  • Cricket404

    Nordstrom, Neimans and Saks- why steal the cheap ish? ....LOL

  • Hmmm~?

    I still don't understand this. Whites are the main ones stealing. A lot of the time they use their black friends as props. Used to know this wild white girl in high school who would use her thuggish black male friend as bait to steal clothes from various places. Some times she would use an entire group of black people. Said that she'd take the clothes and place them in a bag with the store's logo on it, and just walked out. No one ever said anything to her about it. Security would always have their eyes locked on the black folks. She would always come to class with brand new, expensive clothes that she never paid a cent for. Her black friend would also be loaded up too. This is a common practice between shoplifters as well. There are TONS of black/white shoplifting duo's. They're always the ones that make the most bank, too. Crazy stuff.

  • Carmen Jones

    Back in 2004, I was accused of stealing some perfume (which I don't wear) at CVS. When I walked out the store, the manager came out while I was back in my car.. And told me Never to come back again. Come to find out one of the girls accused me of stealing . Now mind you I was 8 months pregnant getting snacks from there to feed my other 2 children. After I complained to the district manager about the racial profiling, the fools gave me a $50 gift card. HA!!! I didn't have the time or energy to deal with this being preggers. I said this all to say that CVS is FULL OF ISH and they treat US like criminals when we walk into their store. Later for those Bustas...

  • ramosyo

    They are so high its sick. Sue there ass quick

  • Monday

    I never liked shopping at CVS. They need to revamp their whole pharmacy system. The employee always seems non-existent. They always leave bunch of boxes here and there, they have 4 auto-pay machines and their receipt is too damn long!!

    I can only speak for the few CVS I have been in Brooklyn.

  • Blue

    Sometimes when this happens to me I bob and weave through the aisles to frustrate the employees. All I needed was a thing of toothpaste ... but I be all back by the adult diapers just to be petty.

  • Smith Jane

    This reminds me of the skit from "Don't be a menace.. While drinking your juice in the hood" when the Wayans be shopping in the Asian store and the yt guy is stealing everything but the blacks are the ones being followed lmao

  • Smith Jane

    :confused face: what DOES that say?

  • Smith Jane

    Haha! Yeah my cousin steals too lmao smh. She has one of them censor clip remover guns and uses it on apparel that she steals from Macy's and Burlington coat factory lmao.

    The problem is, retailers need to be aggressive in watching EVERYBODY not just Hispanics and blacks. It makes it seem like stealing is only a crime when blacks and Hispanics do it.

  • Smith Jane

    We don't have our wn business cause blacks are quicker to steal from other blacks, more so than they would from non blacks. It's like, they KNOW there's no repercussions for stealing from us.

  • Smith Jane

    I was shopping in downtown Pittsburgh CVS, just ran in there to see if they had these cookies. They didnt, so I jetted back out and the alarm went off. This manager literally frisked me like a cop trying to figure out if I was shop lifting. Then had the nerve to say he's gonna review the tape and call the cops. I'm like AND?! Lol I just left.

  • scentsychick30

    Really? I always thought they were reasonable ??

  • Molly Church

    This sounds Crazy?. Sooooo his Sup came right out 2 him, who is Blk & said lock up the Blks & let the Whites Go?. Can't believe a Supervisor said this, if so he obviously have
    "Chitterlings for "Brains?

  • Molly Church

    I've never had a issue with "CVS. There's seldom anyone on the Flr & if they R they're stacking "Shelves. All the cashiers r overly nice. ?They let the cameras do the work. "Hail u have 2 wait forever 2 find someone 2 open the "Shit Stalls. ?Standing there n the Isle hollering!
    Hello from the "Other Side?

  • Deno Spencer

    So a black man intentionally profiled other black and Latins because he was told to? Stupid. Guy not able to stand up for himself

  • Deno Spencer

    Like that Denny's lawsuit lol.

  • Deno Spencer

    My cousin stay complaining about the beauty supply store rudeness but be back in the week after getting hair. Haha. Why don't black men make a reseeding hairline patch on. All bros saving there hair after its cut make a wig to cover that hair line. Haha.

  • bemetoo

    lol

  • bemetoo

    when the have a sale

  • don juan

    This wont stop Blacks from marching into CVS and keeping thier lights on. They know Blacks dont boycott. The security guard could be hanging on the back of a Black persons coat breathing on their neck and they will still keep spending. Its a shame.

  • Mel

    I remember when I was teen I stepped inside cvs looked at some flavored lipgloss then left. While I'm waiting to cross the street one of the employee ran up behind me and ask me to open my hand because he thought I took something. He looked so foolish when he realized he did all that running for nothing I didn't eem have pockets on my shorts (it was summer) he quickly apologized . Wonder if I have a case ? It was only 15 years ago ?

  • Fendi

    You can't pay CVS employees to "hover" in L.A. It's quite a shame, because I'm always looking for something and having questions as to where to find it.

  • Fendi

    Wow. I am sorry this happened to her. I'm also shocked that their corporate office didn't do anything tangible to remediate the issue.

    I pray for your daughter and your successful litigation.

  • Fendi

    Actually, we don't have our own brick and mortar stores because too many of us can't generate enough revenue to do so as a result of a lack of support. People will waste money on non-essentials or spend excessively on everyday items, but they won't buy things they actually need that can save them in the long run.

  • Fendi

    I was wondering what people were stealing from Sears. I used to buy appliances and TVs from there years ago. Can't steal those during business hours. Lol

  • Dakota H

    This is still like Slavery and Jim Crow. We just have freedom but still restrictions due to our skin colors and race. The white people are still trying to control us like we are their slaves and property. I so wished we could go back to the time when black owned businesses thrived and supported one another.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    I worked there too! ? I remember some dude bolting out the door with an arm filled with daisy dukes! There was this white women that would come all the time She had a mentally ill adult wheel chair bound daughter . She'd snatch the tags off clothing and stuff it into one of the many bags hanging off her daughters wheel chair.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I believe evey word of this story

  • Tammie Reed

    I haven't been in a CVS In years and now I won't be in them at all! They always in the hood anyway thats probably why that store manager said to watch the minorities, he had a lot of nerve though to say it to an African American security guard! Smh!

  • keimaguire

    You know what I try but it seems in my area the black owned businesses have horrible customer service..there's a potato spot by my job a few co workers and myself decided to stop by for lunch...we place our order by phone woman quotes 20 mins cool..we get there 25 minutes later food not done a/c not working in the middle of the summer in phoenix az....anyway we ended up waiting an hour for baked potatoes topped with brisket..she was mad at us for asking how much longer it would be after waiting 30 mins and kept saying well you want the food cooked right don't you..she kept making excuses instead of apologizing about being short staffed and running behind on orders...she was a large woman..sweating like crazying leaning over the food I just know her sweat dripped all in that food...I couldn't eat mine

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    I'm a walgreens shopper anyway. Screw cvs

  • http://www.lilyseymour.com/ Lily Seymour

    I live in LA and walked into a CVS in an area that I normally don't shop in and I believe I was followed. After about 5mins someone walked up to me an asked "can I help you find something"... I said sure and preceeded to say what I was searching for which was "witch hazel".... I never thought anymore to it but after reading this article... i'm stunned~!

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    Publix supermarkets should be too. I swear I stood there and heard them the other day...I was so shocked, I couldn't speak. I froze!

    I was standing at the customer service desk at publix waiting to be served and a floor guy walked up to the agent behind the desk, leaned over and said loud enough for me to hear... "2 black guys just entered the store; alert security".

    The desk person then got on the intercom to say something that made no sense. I guess that was code for Ns in the building.

  • Crazy tee

    I believe it's true. Years ago I worked for a nameless retail store and black women that came in with a Tupac bandana wrapped around her head and a Gucci bag was ambushed....they be on the radios " she went left, she went right, now she's in this dept"....they figured a bandana and a Gucci bag woman was a low class kleptomaniac .....

  • ???

    Yes! You can't find NOBODY on the floor in CVS. They're too busy hiding out to be bothered but Rite aid got it BAD. They called themselves profiling my son who was on the next aisle from me looking at costumes in October..yea and I called myself feeling some kind of way about that and called corporate on that security ' s azz too. Ain't seen him since ?

  • Fendi

    I pick up my mom's Rx from CVS. She takes a certain pill but has a preference as to the manufacturer. They special order her Rx. When I say they know who she is, not by facial recognition, but because it is embedded in their brains that she is not to take anything other than her specified manufacturer... I know one of the main pharmacists on a first-name basis. I call and ask specifically for him if there's an issue.

    I read the reviews of one location I frequent (I patronize a few). I cried, because I know all of the people in the pharmacy that the customers were complaining about on Yelp. I was just there yesterday and spoke to an employee about the reviews and accompanying pics. Her co-workers are on candid camera and didn't even know it. ????

    Rite Aid here is a hot mess. They are understaffed at the couple locations I visit. There's no profiling or following of anyone, just sheer stupidity and lack of product knowledge amongst their employees. It is awful around Christmastime.

  • ???

    I refuse to step foot in them joints...their nail shops eithier. I will go out of my way or find my product at another place and possibly pay a little more because I'm adamant about that . That nasty azz attitude while I'm loading my basket up and spending my cheese ? Ah HAIL naw!!!

  • ???

    The pharmacy seems to a different entity entirely so I won't lump them together with the rest. That same wack azz Rite Aid has an excellent pharmacy and I really enjoy their customer relations but that store...UGH! Our neighborhood is currently being gentrified so I knew it was coming but I ain't leaving this bish til both my kids graduate high school so they gonna treat us fair or deal with the reprercussions of my pen.

  • Fendi

    Why can I see you licking the tip a fountain pen, a feather perched atop it, preparing yourself to write a letter to the corporate headquarters of Rite Aid?

    "Dearest Rite Aid:

    Doest thou find it appropriate to profile young men, particularly my offspring, solely on the basis of thine complexion?

    I shall have thine heads on the shiniest of freshly polished silver platters if thou ever seeth fit to tailgate the fruit of my loins.

    Sincerely,

    ?"

    *adjusts powdered wig*

    Not making light of what transpired with your son in the least. I just got a visual. ?

  • Fendi

    P.S. That is best read in an English accent. Think "Shakespeare."

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Nothing

  • Mrs Mary

    lies they do it all the time and they know they do, just like a lot of others, when you see it happening to you record it with your phone for proof and go right to city hall and file your lawsuit!

  • Mrs Mary

    the sad part in beauty supply stores is that they have your own watching you. they got five black girls watching you while they at the register watching with cameras all through the store! smh!!! LOL

  • Yardgirl

    That is so funny! White woman + wheelchair = innocent with free pass *roll eyes* I seriously could write a book on white thieves, they are the best at the shoplifting game!! SMH

  • Yardgirl

    Girl not us, but I am sure some whitey stole an appliance off the floor and had security help them carry it to their car!! White privilege is REAL!!

  • TOO REAL

    They are not lying. This does go on in CVS and I stopped doing business there over two years ago because of this. They were busy looking at minorities while a white woman robbed them blind and when the alarm went off, and because a black man and the woman were leaving the store at the same time, they detained the black man. The man refused to let them search him so they called the cops when the cops arrived two employees swore that they saw the man steal and after searching they found nothing on him. No apology or anything. One of the officers told the manager you need to stop making these false calls.

  • Go Head With That

    When I see this, I exercise their azzes. Um..excuse me, do you have Caviar Bleau MultiVitamins? I think you have them on sale this week..yes Bleau Caviar...no its spelled like it sounds. Wait its Rojo Grande Cavier..mhmm..after 20 minutes say wait..its mega red fish oil haha

  • ???

    Lmaoooooo @you girl!!!! I been so busy cause my daughter is trying out for the cheerleader's squad at her school and the prep for it time consuming but HAIL yes! I don't do disrespect..they had better recognize.

  • Fendi

    That's how it should be. I am the same way. If I see injustice, I'm seeking justice, whether I know you or not. You're a good mother. Don't ever stop fighting for your child(ren).

  • ???

    Won't stop..CAN'T stop! Thank you Fendi you cool peeps!?

  • http://disqus.com/ yoliewinecorporation

    I miss Eckerds drug store replace by CvS RX