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SECRET SHOPPING ON THE WAY TO THE STATE'S HOUSE

SECRET SHOPPING ON THE WAY TO THE STATE'S HOUSE

The Missouri Attorney General is suing Walgreen's in yet another case alleging overcharging by the chain. In the past few years, CVS has been the object of similar litigation, multiple times as well. Both companies have a presence in the Commonwealth; the latter seems almost ubiquitous. So why hasn't Ken Cuccinelli investigated this consumer issue?

I have personally found discrepancies between the shelf sticker and the receipt price many times, around fifty cents per item, in almost every department, at CVS. I have spoken to the manager at the location that I patronize most in Alexandria about it, and been told that there is not enough staff to keep up with the computerized changes from corporate, although with all that extra, ill gotten money, you would think it would cover the salary of at least one more minimum wage employee. Yes, I've gone the refund route, but that process is annoying and time consuming, and the displeasure at issuing more than one or two to the same customer is palpable.

Since our Attorney General claimed he was financially unable to give back the value of the gifts in kind he received from Star Scientific, I suspect he is not unfamiliar with shopping at either of these two drugstores. Why he failed to jump on the "waste, fraud and abuse" bandwagon like so many other ambitious "Almost Governor"s who know that the path to the state's House is best paved with tackling issues near and dear to potential voters' pocketbooks, is baffling, particularly in the difficult economic times that straddled his tenure. Equally puzzling is that the issues he continues to highlight are the socially and geographically polarizing ones that create a dichotomy between the right to life and the right to personal choice, such as medical insurance and "women," and not those with more universal appeal to the commonweal.

There are two months left in this campaign which so far has drawn plenty of apathy and rising poll approval for the Democratic contestant primarily because of the Republican's "guilt by association." One of these scandal ridden guys needs to begin talking about what he can do for Virginians, not what Virginians can do for him. Secret shopping pharmacies is simple, and might be a good place to start...hint, hint.

 

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