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Can Immigrants Buy Cold Medicine?

Can Immigrants Buy Cold Medicine?

A US Citizen went to the drug store to get cold medicine. The clerk asked for an ID. The US Citizen was denied being able to buy cold medicine and asked to show his visa.

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Andres Mejer :Now let’s talk about Piyano Bergas. So you need a government issued I.D. to get cold medicine? Yes, you typically do. Question is, what is adequate? So Piyano Bergas was born in Puerto Rico, which, by the way, makes him a U.S. citizen. He’s an engineering student at Purdue in Indiana. So an all around bright guy. October 25th, 2019, he wasn’t feeling well. He thought he had a cold. He went to CVS. He was later diagnosed with bronchitis. But that morning he went to CVS for some cold medicine, over-the-counter stuff didn’t need a prescription. He got a couple of items. He went to the counter and the store clerk requested his I.D. for medicine, which is appropriate. That’s what the clerk is supposed to do. He took out his Puerto Rican driver’s license, which, by the way, meets the real I.D. requirements. What that means is with that driver’s license, he can enter. He could travel inside the U.S. to Puerto Rico. He could he could he could enter a federal building. It’s a legitimate form ID. Clerk said sorry. That’s not enough. I need to see your visa. He tried to explain, says, listen, buddy, I’m a U.S. citizen. I don’t need a visa. Puerto Rico is part of the United States, and the clerk insisted, no. I need to see your visa. It just so happens Piyano had his passport on him, pulls it out. He shows. Here’s my U.S. passport. I’m a U.S. citizen. Clerk insisted. No, I need a visa. He said I knew she needed some sort of immigration status before he could buy his medicine. Apparently US passport was not enough. He left. He went to another pharmacy. Chances are you’ll never be back to that CV to that CVS. But this is not that’s clearly either. This individual is an idiot, which is possible, that that Clark was really misinformed, had the best of intentions, but was just misinformed. But realistically, the likelihood of being that dumb is really, really low. She purposefully would refuse to sell him an item because he was perceived an immigrant. Maybe he spoke with an accent. Maybe a dark skinned?  You know, brown hair, brown eyes and said ahh. doesn’t look like me. I don’t know the real motivation. I just know that what she did is wrong. And it’s. It’s a shame that this is still happening in America in 2019. Thank you for tuning in. I am Andres Mejer. Any question you have? Tripple 8 8 8 8 0 3 0 7. Until next time.

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