Drugstore Sorry After Clerk Scares Child With Flu

Employee refuses to serve boy with with mask: 'I'm not dying'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2009 4:28 PM CST
A woman and a boy wearing masks to prevent infection from swine flu leave the Miguel Couto hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, July 24, 2009.   (AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes)
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(Newser) – A New Hampshire drugstore has apologized to a customer after a pharmacy clerk enacted her own quarantine. Scott Sullivan’s 12-year-old son was told he probably had the flu by a doctor, who gave him a paper mask because he was coughing. At a local Walgreens, the clerk took one look at the mask and refused to serve them. "She goes, 'I'm not putting my life in danger over this. I'm not dying,'" Sullivan said.

Sullivan then had to comfort his son, who began asking if he was going to die. "I told her you got to take into account you're scaring a little boy," Sullivan told the Eagle-Tribune of Lawrence, Mass. "She said she didn't care."