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Letters: Stung by Richmond store’s mask demand

A Richmond News reader is taking a local store to task over its 80 cents-demand for a mask
A Richmond News reader is angry at having being asked to pay for a face mask at a local store

Dear Editor,

I visited Shoppers Drug Mart at No. 5 and Cambie and, unwittingly, forgot to wear my face mask, which I always do.

I was immediately reminded as I walked in the door and offered to return to my car to retrieve my mask but was offered one by the female staffer.

But it’s what she said, as she handed me the mask, that got my attention. She made it clear to me that customers are usually charged 80 cents.

A quick calculation determined that this would amount to $80 per 100-box netted for a box of cheap masks which, by the way, fell apart when I tried to remove it afterwards.

I thought to myself, what greed, such insensitivity for a community drug store. You would think that a mask would be offered and freely available, courtesy of the store, rather than customers being asked to fork out for a cheap face mask.

Raphael C Jeremiah