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CVS backtracks on nail polish remover ID rule

Call it the Breaking Bad effect: To curb meth production, retailer CVS added a new rule requiring customers to show ID when buying nail polish remover. It backfired… big-time!


Relax. You won’t need to take your ID into CVS the next time you need to buy nail polish remover. The retailer just backtracked on a new rule requiring customers to show proof of age.

“After thoroughly reviewing our policies for the sale of products that contain acetone, in most states we will no longer require customers to present an ID to purchase these products, including nail polish remover,” said Michael DeAngelis, public relations director for CVS.

Acetone — a common ingredient in nail polish removers — is one of the main ingredients necessary to make methamphetamine. Many beauty-conscious customers flipped out over the announcement — and some even called for a boycott of the popular pharmacy chain.

“It’s bad enough that I have to jump through hoops in order to buy my allergy medicine because someone might do something bad with the product but now my nail polish remover too? Seriously? FYI, you can go down to the hardware store and buy Acetone by the gallon. This is invasion of my privacy and frankly I don’t have to put up with it since there is a Walgreens right across the street,” one upset Facebook fan wrote.

“CVS is requiring id now to buy nail polish remover. One more reason not to shop there AGAIN!!!” added another.

CVS heard the outcry loud and clear.

“To comply with certain regulations requiring retailers to record sales of products containing ingredients used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, we will continue to require ID for the purchase of acetone products in Hawaii and the purchase of iodine products in California, Hawaii and West Virginia,” DeAngelis said.

The retailer is reserving the right to limit the sale of acetone and related products in the future, just as it does with certain cold medications. After this, though, we doubt CVS will ever try requiring ID again.

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