I’m walking to speak to this a “Pokin Around” shaft not due to the fact that my surname is “Pokin” and the subject matter is condoms. Ns would never ever stoop for this reason low.

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Instead, I"m going to call it "Pokin Around" because i don’t desire to label it an “Answer Man.” i doubt i’m going to get an answer.

At the very least not in this decade.

A reader, that will continue to be unnamed, told me he newly went condom-shopping and also for the first time walk so at the Walmart Supercenter in ~ 2021 E. Independence St. In Springfield.

He was stunned through the store’s condom protocol, if over there is such a thing.

He discovered what he to be looking for, but it remained in a locked display. He had never watched such security, together protection.


To do his purchase, he had to flag under a save employee to open the display. He discovered this quite awkward.

And then, he was told he was not allowed to lug the prophylactics with him as he ongoing his shopping — he had actually to instantly pay for them in ~ the pharmacy or drop them turn off there and pay as soon as he was all set to check out.

This seemed very odd to him.

It seems odd to me.

It renders me wonder if the store has a problem with customers buying condoms and also immediately utilizing them in the store.

All I have the right to say is that it’s never happened come me.

But these are strange times.

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More importantly, the protocol seems to me to it is in an inconvenience — albeit a young one in an age of pandemic — for those search to carry out something which appears to it is in a public health and wellness goal: safe sex.

Or for the abstinence advocates — “safer sex.”

In addition, many might find it embarrassing to search the keep for an employee to unlock the cabinet.


Do you have to divulge what size you want?

Will the employee ask: "Would you favor some lubricant come go through that purchase? and aren"t friend the price Man?"

It appeared odd sufficient that I made decision to examine it out and also immediately drove come the wrong Walmart Supercenter.

I did no go come the one on independence that the reader had actually mentioned. I mistakenly drove to the one on southern Campbell Avenue off Walnut Lawn.


I choose to think possibly I to be distracted by the fact I would have to ask someone about condoms. At least, i thought, I"d be wearing a mask.

As i entered, I put on my COVID-19 mask, but I was unable to find the condom section amongst the men’s deodorant, cut cream, just For guys hair dye and, that course, Ace bandages.

The pharmacy was nearby; ns asked a mrs employee, that was also masked: "Where room the condoms?"

“What?” she said, v her mask.

“WHERE room THE CONDOMS!” i shouted.

I are afraid I offered her the false impression that my require was immediate.

She said me; I discovered them. Lock were appropriate on the shelf.

They were no locked up, in ~ all.

Only then did i realize the this Walmart Supercenter to be the wrong one.

In hindsight, i’m glad I originally went there due to the fact that it speak me the locking up the prophylactics is not a global policy.

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Guess what? No answer from corporate 


I then went to the correct Supercenter and, yes, the prophylactics were locked in a glass screen — together with things prefer pregnancy tests, contraceptive creams, KY Jelly and also mini-massagers.

I asked who at the self-checkout area if I can speak to the store manager therefore I could ask: Why the security? Is that because people stealing condoms? Or is the keep trying to exert some type of parental regulate over young world who can not also be married?

Eventually, a woman called Shelby appeared.

I called her ns was a reporter and also that I had been request why the keep locks up the condoms.

Then i asked: to be this a new policy?

No, it’s to be going on because that a while, she said.

But she then politely ended the conversation to examine if she was permitted to talk to me further or if I required to speak to Walmart"s this firm media relations.


She returned; that would need to be the dreaded this firm media connections route. She provided me the 800 number.

I dialed it. That course, nobody answered. It just is a means to have actually me electronically send my media inquiry.

I did that. I included the reality that ns was functioning the story “today,” meaning Tuesday.

No one responded by deadline.

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Such is the life that the modern-day journalist.

You discover yourself face-to-face through the local person who can answer her question and also most often wants to answer her question but the 2nd you execute the appropriate thing and also identify yourself together a reporter, you room directed to corporate media relations — where concerns go to die.


I’ll never recognize if my finest guess is correct: That perhaps a shopper at the Walmart Supercenter on freedom complained about the condoms or the KY Jelly or maybe also the pregnant test being freely obtainable on the shelf.

That’s why this is a “Pokin Around” and also not an “Answer Man" column.

It"s due to the fact that I don"t have an answer and had a hunch I’d be sent to Walmart"s this firm media relations and also not be able to get one.

But at least now you know where not to execute your condom shopping.

Stay safe the end there.

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These are the views of gaianation.net columnist Steve Pokin, that has been at the document eight years, and over his career has covered everything from courts and also cops come features and fitness. He have the right to be got to at 417-836-1253, spokin
gannett.com, ~ above Twitter
stevepokinNL or by mail in ~ 651 Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65806.


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