I don’t know why this bothers me so much, but I’ve been doing a little bit of research as to why condoms are locked up in certain stores. It has to do with theft – apparently condoms are some of the more often stolen item from pharmacies and owners and managers are concerned that keeping them unlocked will diminish the supply and there won’t be any left for paid customers.
Here’s what I don’t understand – store owners and managers are treating this like it’s a consumer problem. People are stealing their products and they’re losing money. But I don’t think it’s a consumer problem. I think it’s a public health problem. There’s a reason people are stealing them – they may not have the money or are embarrassed to buy them – but they are still having sex. Shouldn’t we be looking at the bigger picture and finding ways to make condom distribution less about making money and more about making sure that all people are protected?