Race & Identity
CVS Manager Fired After Calling Cops On Black Woman Using Coupons
The man is heavily involved with local politics.
Update: The CVS manager deemed "Coupon Carl" after calling the cops on a black woman using coupons has been let go by the company. In a statement tweeted out by CVS on Monday, the corporation announced they terminated both employees involved in the incident.
“We have completed our investigation, and as a result the two colleagues who were involved are no longer employed by CVS Health,” the statement read. “CVS Health does not tolerate any practices that discriminate against any customer and we are committed to maintaining a welcome and diverse environment in our stores.”
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CVS Statement on Chicago Store Incident pic.twitter.com/H4h3akdMzs— CVS Pharmacy (@cvspharmacy) July 16, 2018'
Original story: It looks like black people can't use coupons at CVS without the police being called on us.
A Chicago woman trying to use a coupon at her local CVS store was treated like a criminal because the store's manager did not recognize the coupon she was using, Fox 29 reports.
Shopper Camilla Hudson recorded the incident last week adding to the growing list of black people having the police called on them for just existing. In the video, viewers can see the CVS manager, Morry Matson, shaking nervously as he call authorities.
When he attempted to describe Hudson, she chimed in fearlessly stating she would be there when they arrive. “Black," she corrected. "No, I’m not African-American, I’m black. Black isn’t a bad word.” Her original video posted on Facebook was removed on claims of community guidelines violations.
Three officers came to the store and spoke to the victim, per the Chicago Sun-Times.
A white man called the police on a Black woman for attempting to use a coupon @ the CVS Pharmacy located at 6150 N. Broadway in Chicago!— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) July 14, 2018'
RETWEET THIS! pic.twitter.com/KnFQI4yhfT
According to Fox 29, the manager is involved with local politics and he served as a state delegate for President Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign. The conservative is currently running for the 48th Ward council seat and serves as the president of the Log Cabin Republicans of Illinois, a GOP group that supports LGBTQ rights.
CVS reached out to Hudson after the coupon debacle. They have assured the victim that an investigation into the incident is underway.
“CVS has begun an investigation and we will take any corrective action that is warranted to prevent it from happening again,” the spokesperson said. “CVS Pharmacy does not tolerate any practices that discriminate against any customer and we are committed to maintaining a welcoming and diverse environment in our stores.”
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