Bashing Knuckles for Razor Blades

Have you tried to buy razor blades at CVS recently?

Needing to shave, I went into a CVS in my new hood to buy my Mach 3 razor blades and faced this plastic menace.

Designed by people who forgot that to buy a product, I have to be able to get it first, it took me a full five minutes of wrestling with the plastic bin, including bloodying my knuckles to get the damn package out.

Oddly enough this is just this CVS store’s razor blade menace. My old CVS at 15th and K had a pull & lever system I would watch others fight with and the one at 14th and Irving has a third system I care not to re-visit.

Might there be a more humane and efficient way for CVS to stock razor blades?

8 Comments so far

  1. Ex-Hy Hy (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 11:19 am

    How utterly inane. What did the clerk look like?


  2. Brian (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 12:18 pm

    The one at 14th and Irving isn’t getting any better. When I was last there, even underarm deodorant was behind locked doors. When the cashier finally noticed I needed help I said, “I really stink, could someone unlock the Right Guard?”

    I give it a month and every single aisle will be under lock and key.


  3. Victoria (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

    My CVS keeps all the liquid soap locked up. I keep asking why and the only I can get is “because that’s what we are told to do.”


  4. Don (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 1:39 pm

    Could be worse, you could be looking for some sudafed. I was in the CVS in Old Town when DG and I were doing a show and the poor woman who asked about it was told no, we keep it behind the counter now.

    Okay, I get that (though I don’t like it or approve of it) – they’re trying to keep rednecks from blowing themselves up making meth. However they required -a-driver’s-license- from her which they then recorded the information from -into-a-logbook-. Oh goody, one more place my personal information is stored and tracked.

    If I were her I’d have just gone and bought kleenex instead.


  5. Sligo (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 1:41 pm

    I wonder if those bins are constructed to make that unpleasant noise so that employees notice that you are taking things out.


  6. Tiff (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 3:06 pm

    Surely you know, Don, that the restrictions on how you can buy Sudafed and other pseudephedrine-containing products, including the logbook and ID-check, is due to a federal law that went into effect sometime last year?

    Why the law? Because 1.5 million Americans were addicted to meth at the time the law was passed. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s half a percent of the population. Because 1 in every 200 Americans is dumb enough to use that stuff, I have to leave a paper trail (and essentially waive my HIPAA protections) in order to buy some damn cold medicine.


  7. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 6:48 pm

    It may sound heartless, but I say let the meth addicts have the pseudephedrine. Let them smoke with and then kill each other and themselves. Rotten teeth, no money, selling their clothes at a pawn shop – let them do it.

    It’s like the old theory that buying a drink for an alcoholic is the best thing you can do for him. Each drink brings him closer to his last, either through a self-imposed death sentence or by bringing him closer to the point of wanting to commit to a different kind of life.

    Wayan, on the other hand… Wayan has the distinct problem of looking good either shaven or with a day’s worth of stubble. What the hell are you complaining about? Shave, don’t shave – it’s all the same thing, man. We should all have such problems!


  8. Shari (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 9:23 pm

    Hi, non-DC’er here… had to chime in about the Sudafed issue. I’ll leave being puzzled about the razors being under lock and key for later.

    You don’t waive your HIPAA rights when you enter your information in the logbook. It’s not posted for the world to see, it’s kept with all the other pharmacy log books, where HIPAA laws definitely apply. It’s exactly the same as if you needed to obtain insulin syringes – at least here in Indiana, you have to enter it into a logbook – name, address, quantity dispensed.

    Any information you give at a pharmacy, whether to a pharmacy tech or to a pharmacist, is covered by HIPAA.

    I enjoy reading the entries and comments, and hope to eventually become a resident of the area. Just had to comment on the comment, though.



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