Purdue student denied sale of cold medicine because he's Puerto Rican

Henrietta Strickland
November 7, 2019

"The employee, she came up and she asked for my I.D., I gave her my I.D.", said Payano. Naturally, he went to the local pharmacy to purchase some over-the-counter medicine.

He was asked to show ID to buy the cold medicine, with which Payano had no problem.

Jose Payano says a cashier at a CVS in IN refused to accept his Puerto Rican ID when he tried to purchase cold medicine. However, despite being 20 years old, the cashier at the West Lafayette, Ind. store still denied his identification, saying he needed a US -issued ID.

CVS officials say they are officially investigating a claim by Purdue University engineering student, José Guzmán Payano, who said he was denied the purchase of cold medications because employees at an IN store reviewed his license for Puerto Rican driver and was told that he needed a valid identification from the United States. and then proceeded to question him about his immigration status.

Payano said his ID has been questioned before, even when traveling at airports in the U.S. A store in IN is at the center of claims that a worker allegedly requested the immigration documents of a Puerto Rican student before he could buy medication. The U.S. took control of Puerto Rico after the Spanish-American War of 1898. "It's a United States territory". She continued saying he needed a USA -issued license or a visa for an ID. "I don't think it's a coincidence that this happened".

However the trip upset Payano so mighty that he left the pharmacy "with tears" in his eyes, he urged WRTV.

"What happened to my son today is not unlike what many other families have had to face since Trump was sworn into office and it's completely unacceptable", she wrote.

"We are committed to ensuring that every customer receives courteous, outstanding service in our stores, and we apologize to the customer for his recent experience", Thibault said.

The spokeswoman said CVS is re-training the employee of the store about what IDs are acceptable. "We are fully investigating this matter to learn more about what occurred and we are seeking to speak with the customer directly", the statement read. He says a cashier and shift supervisor cited corporate policy that requires customers to show valid ID issued by the U.S., Canada or Mexico.

Guzman Payano called his mother in Puerto Rico and explained what happened to him.

For the student, the encounter wasn't just a reminder that many people in the country don't know or refuse to accept that Puerto Ricans are USA citizens but it was also a glimpse at the lack of access undocumented individuals have to basic and necessary over-the-counter medicine.

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