BASKET CASE: Condoms among the groceries.
BASKET CASE: Condoms among the groceries.

I won't sell condoms



A ROCKHAMPTON woman is still in shock after a teenage Catholic checkout operator refused to sell her condoms.

The woman, 19, who asked not to be named, said she was "thrown back'' when the Woolworths Allenstown worker refused to serve her in the express lane on Wednesday night.

"She just said to me that she was sorry, she couldn't sell them (the condoms) to me because she was Catholic.

"I couldn't even say beg your pardon. I was so shocked. I just stepped back in line, mortified.''

The woman said she and her partner then had to wait for the next checkout operator to be free, before finally being served.

She said her partner had also been speechless. The woman said the Catholic operator had looked about 15 years old.

"It's not like I'm an out-of-control sex-crazed maniac. "I'm not ready to have children and I'm not going to have them out of wedlock.''

The woman said she was unsure what the girl's parents were "drilling into her.''

"What right did this girl with Catholic beliefs have to refuse service to me and my condoms?

"As far as my partner and I are concerned, they are our beliefs not hers.

"Catholics have sex too,'' she quipped.

The woman said her embarrassment had been made worse by the large queue of shoppers who were gathered in the express lane.

She said while she usually did not speak up for herself, this time was different.

After walking to her car, the woman then decided to return to the store and speak with the manager on duty.

She said the store had been apologetic and even given her a box of chocolates but she was not satisfied.

"I just kept thinking this was wrong. I was never brought up to be prejudiced.

"It's embarrassing enough to have to buy condoms without being refused service because they were in my basket.''

The woman said she would return to Allenstown Woolworths because it was convenient, but would never buy condoms there again.

"I think I'll go to the chemist and buy them in bulk to avoid the embarrassing moment.

"Or, maybe, I'll shop at Coles.



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