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Gun Photos are “Offensive” at Walgreens

New Jersey Coalition for Self Defense

New Jersey Coalition for Self Defense

Belleville, NJ --(AmmoLand.com)- One of our members wrote to us recently about trying to get firearms photos printed at a Walgreens Pharmacy in Belleville, NJ.

The NJCSD member and his brother are both gun collectors and active members of the community as a whole.

The brother recently took photos of his collection for insurance purposes, and emailed them to Walgreens to have them printed.

Gun Photos are "Offensive" at Walgreens

Gun Photos are "Offensive" at Walgreens

When the brother’s wife went to pick up the prints, she was told by the cashier that Walgreens did not print them because they were deemed “offensive”.

Our member’s brother returned to the store and spoke to the manager, who told him that he personally found the pictures offensive, and so did his staff. When the brother asked if it was Walgreens’ policy not to print pictures of guns, he refused to give a straight answer.

The member’s brother contacted Walgreens Main Office on Tuesday December 29th regarding the issue. We’ll be following the story.

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AmmoLand Comments: Please write Walgreens Corporation and tell them how offensive this is. Sample letter provided.

Sample Letter ——————–

Re: Wallgreens Anti-Gun Employees

Dear Sirs:

I find your employees refusing to print photos of firearms offensive and insulting.

As a believer in the Bill Of Rights I find your censorship of  a persons photos, by employees, to be discrimination against gun owners is an attack on my first amendment right to free speech.

I demand that you educate your employees of our right to keep and bear arms and issue a public apology or I will be forced to take my business somewhere else.

Sincerely;

Name
Address

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You can contact Walgreens Coprorate here at: http://www.walgreens.com/marketing/contactus/forms.jsp?storenumber=2121

  • 14 User comments to “Gun Photos are “Offensive” at Walgreens”

    1. Free In Idaho! » Blog Archive » Offensive Gun Photos on January 24, 2010 at 8:32 AM said:

      [...] wonder if this is the policy at all Walgreen’s, or if this is just a, you know, NEW JERSEY kinda thing?  I can’t imagine it here in Idaho, [...]

    2. [...] this yet… I find this pretty laughable. I wonder if some of the guns in the photos were black Gun Photos are "Offensive" at Walgreens Excerpt: [...]

    3. chattnitup on January 25, 2010 at 9:20 AM said:

      Good Luck. You might as well sue. Walgreens has no policies available to the general public! And the 1800Walgreen # is an absolute joke, it is nothing but a glorified answering system! Leave your name and number and someone will call you back (most of the time from the store level even!, most of the time the very Manager that ticked you off is the one to call you back!)

    4. I submitted this reasonable inquiry:

      I am contacting you about the internet stories claiming your Belleville, NJ store has deemed photos of firearms offensive and refuses to develop them. If this is contrary to Walgreen’s policy it would be valuable to clarify your position on the matter. If this reflects Walgreen’s policy then hunters, shooters, firearms enthusiasts and supporters of second amendment rights need to know so we can modify our purchasing decisions accordingly.

      I am a regular customer who routinely selects my local Walgreen’s over half a dozen nearby pharmacies. I look forward to your response.

      And rec’d this reasonable reply:

      Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding our photo content policy. It is not a Walgreens policy to reject printing of photos including “firearms”, rather a judgment call that is being investigated and address with the customer involved. Walgreens does however have the right to deny the printing of photos pertaining sexual content. Walgreens does not intervene in any other situation involving the content of a customer’s order. If an employee is uncomfortable printing any image because of its content, he or she may request that another employee process those particular images.

      Again, thank you for contacting our corporate office. We truly appreciate you taking the time to share your comments.

    5. Say No to Walgreens on January 25, 2010 at 6:58 PM said:

      Its just plain awful that Walgreen’s would force a pharmacist into selling the morning after pill even against their own religious objections.

      But when some tree huggin high school drop out is offended by a picture of a black rifle they are unwilling to take a position.

      Just say it, Walgreen’s hates the constitution and is pushing its liberal left wing ideology on America.

      Don’t spend your hard earned money in a place that has no respect for your rights.

    6. I’m a manager for Walgreens. Their printing policy (and rights for that matter) let them refuse to print whatever they want.

      905 of stores would have no problem printing them whatsoever. Sorry your local Walgreens is being anal.

      Yes, 1800Walgreens does go to the store level as they want you to feel more personal rather than have some higher up that doesn’t give a crap send you a gift card to shut you up. Also, pharmacists don’t sell Rx’s often at all unless it’s overnights at a 24 hour slower store where they are the only one there. They can also choose to not work at one of these stores so that that situation never arises.

      “Walgreen’s hates the constitution” ? Really? That’s really naive and narrow minded. Maybe you’re the one that hates our rights to not print your pictures because it’s our right as a business to refuse business to anyone we wish – that’s how it works.

    7. Contacted Walgreen’s customer service and received this reply

      Dear Bob,

      Thank you for taking time to contact us regarding our photo content policy.

      It is not a Walgreens policy to reject printing of photos including “firearms,” rather a judgment call that is being investigated and addressed with the customer involved. Walgreens does however have the right to deny the pringting of photos pertaining sexual content. Walgreens does not intervene in any other situations involving the content of a customer’s order. If an employee is uncomfortable printing any image because of its content, he or she may request that another that another employee process those particular images.

      Again, than you for taking the time to contact us with your comments. We hope to serve you in the future.

      Sincerely,

      Nicole
      Consumer Response Representative

      Doesn’t sound like it is a corporate policy at all

    8. Say No to Walgreens on January 27, 2010 at 7:17 PM said:

      Jack,
      Narrow minded is Walgreens for allowing an anti 2nd amendment employee to push their own anti gun sentiment on a Walgreens customer. Imagine if those pictures were of “illegal Imigrants” or maybe a person of a diffent ethnic background and then customer was refused service in the same fashion as this legal gun owner.

      Imagine the outrage it would be all over the local garbage news papers and TV stations.

      The reality is that your acceptance of the situation and quickness to dismiss people who are calling your company Walgreens to speak on the matter just proves the very point that you and your company are narrow minded and do not respect the second amendment, an individuals right to keep and bear arms.

      For this reason so many people are stating that we the customers will take our business else where. Ultimately consumer sentimant will make a difference in the New Jersey Walgreens and the other 900 store across this great country. Trust me brother the second amendment will out live Walgreens.

    9. Photo Guy on January 29, 2010 at 1:56 AM said:

      Ha, I work for walgreens.. and I must say this is pretty freaking funny. I’m actually a Photo Supervisor there. But, all that aside there’s no policy on not allowing offensive material to be printed, unless your trying to print pornographic pictures, etc. And even then, I would have someone else print it just so I don’t have to look at it. Unless it was child pornography then I would try to have you arrested. Sounds like your Walgreens has a bunch of “for lack of better words” dumb liberal hippies. But, seriously if it were me I would constantly upload gun pictures to that store to be printed under different account names just to piss them off. Ah… That would be funny. Imagine someone crying over a picture of a gun.

    10. sure you are #9 on February 15, 2010 at 12:52 PM said:

      To the poster of #9. There are no longer Photo Supervisors, that position was eliminated November 1 of 2008, so you’re full of S#*T. Secondly, if a photo technician finds the pictures offensive, they are to ask another photo technician to print them. If that photo technician refuses, then they are to ask a member of management. If that person refuses, then it goes up the chain. That was in place and has been in place for over 15 years.

      Secondly, you cannot “have someone arrested” over pornographic pictures. You are to report the case to Loss Prevention, and THEY are to investigate and decide whether to get local authorities involved. It’s idiots like you who made Photo Supervisors jobs HELL because you probably DID get all high and mighty and think you could explain the policy to a customer or WORSE, you probably called the cops on someone. WITH ANY situation where pictures are not printed for ANY reason, there is a LETTER online RIGHT there in the PHOTO DEPARTMENT for you to PRINT out and put in the stupid envelope. It has an 800 number on it so that you don’t HAVE to explain…. and you shouldn’t because it’s not something you’re trained to do.

      I really hate it when people don’t know how to do their jobs. THAT is the REAL reason why everyone hates Walgreens. Because nobody reads anything, nobody cares, and NOBODY knows what their effing job is. If you really WERE a Photo Supervisor, thanks for being mediocre at best.

      To the original poster.
      Send the pictures to another Walgreens. I guarantee you they will print your pictures.

    11. sure you are #9 on February 15, 2010 at 12:57 PM said:

      P.S. and as far as the “content” goes:

      What is “offensive” to some is not offensive to others. It’s a matter of personal comfort level.

      You saying that “liberal hippies” are not going to print pictures because they find them offensive is just as stupid and pointless as me saying that “right wing nazi” pharmacists won’t fill my birth control pills because they are personally against it.

      It’s perfectly legal in either situation.

    12. sure you are #9 on February 15, 2010 at 1:37 PM said:

      To Bob,

      If one of Jack’s employees from his photo lab recently got gunned down, and a bunch of pictures with guns pointing at the camera appeared in the photo lab… I would say that his photo technician might be offended. If one of Jack’s photo employees’ daughters was shot in the head by her boyfriend the day before this happened and the same pictures showed up, I would respect her wishes for not printing them. In fact, I might not blame her for asking to leave work because she suddenly felt ill. Neither YOU or I know what was on those pictures…. or what happened in that store among employees.

      You might think that is a stretch, but BELIEVE ME, it’s not that far fetched, and neither of us know the real situation.

      As inconvenient as it is, the person who sent these pictures needs to go a whole 4 blocks away to the next Walgreens, and they will not even know about the other store refusing, and won’t even bat an eye.

      Most of the 7000 stores will print anything except pornographic material involving children.

      Many people would say “what, you mean they’ll print REGULAR pornography if it DOESN’T involve children?”

      THAT is where the “employee comfort level” USUALLY comes in. There are just as many anti-pornography people knocking on Walgreens door, saying “how DARE you print that”….

      So it *IS* up to the employee to decide. Walgreens isn’t going to fire someone if they won’t print something they’re not comfortable with. They can’t afford to fire them. They’ll get sued, and the employee WILL win. They have before. That’s EXACTLY why the policy *IS* the way it is.

    13. I am a photo specialist at wallgreens, I would have no problem printing your photos :) I find it rather annoying that someone would even think about not printing firearm related photos. Besides, your photos are confidential, no one is supposed to see them except for the person processing them for quality control. In EXTREME cases a manager may get involved reguarding sexual content, but NEVER because “It offends me.” We are even required to print nude photos if it is “Artistic” and if the photo specialist does not want to see them, they can ask another member of the team to process them. Walgreens has a good policy, and at no point are they anti constitutional. If they were, I would be hooping and hollerin right with ya!

    14. Walgreens policy on photos: print child porn and call the cops.

      nudies are okay if they look of age and have no penitration.

      other than that, it is all open. that store was in the wrong to refuse you. Bitch LOUDLY. I am a former assistant manager and those policies were what our corporate office told us to go by.

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