Friday, June 29, 2012

Man Returned Used Enemas to CVS, Which Were Then Sold to Unsuspecting Customers

If you bought enemas from a CVS pharmacy at 9509 San Jose Blvd in Jacksonville, Florida anytime within the last few months, chances are they were used and you should take your butt to a medical professional and waltz into the nearest law practice.
On Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 10:35am, police were dispatched o CVS located at 9509 San Jose Blvd in reference to a dispute between a clerk and a customer who returned ready to use enema saline laxatives, and had do so several times in the recent past. Investigation revealed the individual was frequenting the CVS since March 2012 and began returning the product in April 2012. He would purchase a pack of enemas and return them at a later time. According to CVS personnel, the items appeared to be unused and therefore the store would put the box of enemas back on the shelf for resale. On Tuesday, June 2, 2012, a CVS employee thought it was strange that the same individual was making returns with the same product. The employee decided to check the box of enemas after it was returned. Upon opening the box, the employee observed all the enemas (6) had been used and the box had been resealed so it would appear to be unopened. An employee then checked the additional three boxes on the shelf and determined that all been previously used. On Tuesday, June 12, 2012 a 10:19am, the same unknown individual attempted to return another box of enemas that were purchased at 8:12pm on Wednesday, June 11, 2012. The employee advised the individual that he could no longer take returns for these items. The employee contacted his loss prevention manager and advised all area CVS stores about the incident. On Wednesday, June 13, 2012 a CVS employee thought he observed the customer's vehicle, obtained the tag number and contacted the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. On Thursday, June 14, 2012, the JSO was contacted by CVS with information to help identify the suspect. CVS personnel were able to determine that the suspect purchased enemas on one occurrence with a credit card. That transaction, as well as other purchases at the store, and the tag number led police to a possible suspect. Samples were taken of the fluid in the enema bottles and have been sent to the Florida Department of Health for testing. Fecal matter was located on some of the returned enema bottles. The fecal matter has been collected as evidence and submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for testing. The individual has been identified and was arrested on an unrelated outstanding warrant. The investigation continues.

source: Sheriff's press release
The CVS store says the store sold a total of 12 boxes of enemas since the suspect (described as a white male). In statement the store adds: "Out of an abundance of caution, we are proactively contacting all twenty-one customers we’ve identified who purchased any of the potentially impacted enema products at the store within this period of time and have succeeded in reaching more than half of them. We have also placed signage in the store to direct customers who may have purchased any of the affected products to contact us immediately." Why would any store put returned enemas back on the shelves for resale is beyond our comprehension. Well, aside from the store wanting to make a profit.
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