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Kroger Also Needs to Unlock the Condoms

November 4, 2009

In the past year or so, I’ve seen a lot of effort toward convincing pharmacy/retail chain CVS to “unlock the condoms.” The argument is that, when these stores lock up the condoms in a special case, it creates barriers to access and gets in the way of people acting responsibly. Yes, ideally we’re all comfortable asking for help with access to condoms and store staff are professional and helpful and don’t tell our mamas in our small towns about it, but we don’t live in an ideal world.

Cure CVS and Amplify have examples of the campaigns directed at CVS, which Feministing and others have also written about.

Well, it’s definitely not just CVS. I had occasion recently to notice that my Kroger (grocery store) pharmacy was closed, and they keep all the condoms and such in a cabinet in front of the pharmacy. Yep, it was locked. I did a quick search and haven’t found a coordinated campaign to convince Kroger to change this policy, but I did find at least one other blogger who encountered the problem.

Have you run into this at your local Kroger? Other stores? Let me know in the comments. Now to send Kroger a letter

11 Comments leave one →
  1. November 4, 2009 12:42 pm

    My local chain of grocery store locks up condoms, pregnancy tests, ky jelly AND yeast infection treatments. I can’t figure out the logic.

  2. November 4, 2009 12:48 pm

    I really appreciate the mention in this article. I live in Murfreesboro, and I have actually found that some Krogers here don’t lock them up. Very odd.

    One person told me that it has to do with the amount of crime in a particular neighborhood; and therefore if some areas are more prone to shop lifting, they lock up the condoms.

    Wow, stupid. I’m glad Kroger doesn’t have bigger fish to fry, other than creating a barrier to prevent STDs and unwanted pregnancies.

    But I digress. I appreciate your call to action with both CVS and Kroger.

    • November 4, 2009 2:42 pm

      Thanks! I was glad to find your blog post and see that someone else had experienced this (although not glad that it happened at all!).

  3. November 4, 2009 1:04 pm

    Jen said:
    My local chain of grocery store locks up condoms, pregnancy tests, ky jelly AND yeast infection treatments. I can’t figure out the logic.

    Yeah, all this stuff gets locked up in my market, too. The logic is that these items (especially condoms and pregnancy tests) are among the most frequently stolen items in the store. Keeping them in a locked case minimizes theft. Sad but true.

    • November 4, 2009 2:41 pm

      Whenever I hear the theft argument, I wonder if it’s because of the embarrassment/privacy factor. Solve that and we might solve two problems!

  4. Jane permalink
    November 4, 2009 2:01 pm

    Our Kroger locks condoms up as well. I had the pleasure of needing to restock recently. Went to the pharmacy cashier to ask them to let me in the condom cabinet. The cashier walks me over to the cabinet, unlocks it and says to me “I’ll leave you so you can have some privacy.” I was like – um – hi – I just had to ask at the counter with other people waiting/working – what privacy!!!

    Now we only go to Target – not pushing a button to wait for someone to come “assist” you or asking at the counter!

    • November 4, 2009 2:42 pm

      Ha! Yeah, once you have to ask and be escorted, it’s not so private anymore.

  5. throwslikeagirl74 permalink
    November 5, 2009 11:29 am

    Hmm. We have King Soopers out here (owned by Kroger) and all that stuff is next to the shampoo aisle. No locks. It is however locked up at the Safeway.

  6. Julie permalink
    November 6, 2009 8:03 am

    Yeah, everywhere except target locks up the condoms, lubes, pregnancy tests etc. in ATlanta. I found it very annoying and asked why they do that only to be told they have a high theft rate otherwise. I agree that it literally creates a barrier…I mean, I have made a point to only get such items at Target bc I refuse to have to make the kroger staff privy to my personal life.

    • Devin permalink
      December 11, 2009 8:34 am

      But the staff ends up knowing your business either way when you check out so does it really matter?

  7. November 11, 2009 3:28 pm

    In the UK condoms are on the shelf, in most of our supermarkets you can even pay for them at a self service till (no cashier) without embarrassment. A much better situation for all concerned…

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