|Published:||Jul 01, 2010 3:42 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 01, 2010 12:42 AM EDT|
MARCO ISLAND, Fla. - A Marco Island pharmacy says police are harassing their customers on a daily basis. They say customers get questioned, even searched when they pick up prescriptions.
Now, the pharmacy is suing the city and the police chief because they claim it's hurting business.
"He said well let me see your prescription, so he took it and he walks away with it," Michelle Meyers recalls of her run in with Marco Police. She claims she was harassed for no reason after picking up her prescription at Island Drugs, they even took her picture.
"I was debating on whether to go back, but that's my pharmacy," Meyers says.
She's not the only one who says police bothered her after leaving the store.
Owner, Sue Heine recalls another customer's experience, "She was in her 60s or early 70s, and she'd come in and gotten her heart medication and her high cholesterol medication and they stopped her, they searched her." Heine says they even went through the lady's car and purse.
Heine and her husband have owned Island Drugs for over 40 years and say they've never had a problem or complaint. That was until the beginning of June. Heine tells me police have been hanging out in their parking lot, waiting for customers.
"They waited till they were off the property, three cops pulled her over," she recalls of another regular.
We contacted Marco Police to see why they're questioning customers, but they haven't returned our call.
It's a wonder to Heine, since she says the pharmacy is very careful who they fill scripts for, "because we're small we also have the right to limit how many prescriptions we can fill in a day."
As for the store, the owners say the harassment has drastically reduced business.
"This has definitely affected our reputation, it's affected our business."
The owner also tells me they've had to spend extra time and money by delivering prescriptions because customers don't want to be questioned every time they leave the pharmacy.
We will continue to contact Marco Police to get answers.
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