Time to start scouring the shelves at your local Longs Drugstore for expired goods: Thanks to an investigation and resulting lawsuit in Southern California, Attorney General Jerry Brown
is now forcing all California CVS and Longs
stores to provide customers with a $2 coupon if they find products on the shelves that are past their sell-by date. "The program will go into place 150 days from now," says Brown's representative, Scott Gerber. That'll be right around Thanksgiving!
Items found to be sitting on the shelves too long
in the investigation include: Gerber's Vanilla Custard (11 months expired), Bright Beginnings Ultra Baby Formula (3 months expired), Bonine for Kids (children's motion sickness medication -- 5 months expired), and Gerber Baby Food Oatmeal with Applesauce and Bananas (2 months expired). Apparently, if you want to collect your $2 coupon, your best bet is to head directly to the kiddie aisle.
According to a recent press release, the investigation also confirmed that five CVS pharmacies had tossed more than 500 documents and prescription bottles -- revealing confidential information like patient names, addresses, birthdates, and prescription medications -- in dumpsters outside of its stores.
But more importantly... where's my two dollars? Maybe here: Longs' pair of San Francisco-area locations are at 2025 Van Ness Ave and 186 El Camino Real in South City. Let the scavenger hunt begin.