In spite of gentrification the Ft. Greene section of Brooklyn continues to be more racially mixed than a lot of other neighborhoods with a noticeable cross section of people coming in all shades of black, brown, yellow and white. We're all happy to have a store like Walgreens in the neighborhood. Disclaimer: I'll continue to go to the little 'Mom-and-Pop' pharmacy a 1/2 block away because they've always been really nice to us and I'd hate to see them put out of business by the competition. But OTOH, I don't mind having a place to buy toothpaste that doesn't have the label printed in four languages.
I was a little taken aback by the sign posted at Walgreens' entrance when I stopped by there the other day. Take a gander at this.
Now I've mentioned before that Walgreens isn't the only store in the neighborhood that doesn't want you shopping with your own re-useable bags. But the grocery store just asks you to check all your bags at the counter before you start shopping. And, true -- they do have a 'wall of shame' with pictures of people they've caught shoplifting (all labeled Thief!), but somehow, none of this seems quite the same as telling every customer who enters the store that they're suspects to begin with. Something about it just seems a little -- crass?, insulting?
Anyway, I know Inventory Control is a problem for stores everywhere and I really would like to do my part to help Walgreens. I know it's hard keeping an eye on all of us potential thieves -- pre-guilty? I intend to make things easy for your staff by just staying out of the place.
BTW Walgreens Peeps, I'll admit I haven't been into many (any?) of your other stores lately, but is this sign your standard welcoming banner? Maybe you want to rethink the policy a little -- or at least the wording.
Update (sorta) 7:45 p.m.: I was waiting to see if Walgreens has anybody who searches the internet for mentions of them, but no joy as of yet (including anything obvious on my stats). If nobody from there shows up in the next day or so, I'll forward this to somebody in their corporate