Posted June 17, 2022 Updated June 17, 2022 7:13 PM CDT
A TikToker posted a now-viral clip of her jokingly expressing her grievances about CVS Pharmacy’s image policy against “pornographic material.”
In a text overlay on TikTok, user Geanna (@deargeanna) writes, “When CVS censors you and doesn’t allow you to print out sensual photos of you to give to your husband LOL.”
“SMH I’m disappointed,” she added in the caption.
The video itself is a five-second clip that sounds like a remix of Madonna’s “Hung Up.” A finger points to a printout that says “CVS PHOTO Lab Customer Notice.”
@deargeanna SMH I’m disappointed #cvs #printphotos #censored ♬ Hung Up (SDP Extended Vocal) [Edit] – Madonna
The finger covers the store’s location, but the text on the notice reads, “We are returning your photo editing order with (1) prints missing. The images contained images of obviously pornographic material. It is CVS policy not to make any prints of these images and we are committed to returning only the negatives to our customers. Please contact our customer service department if you have any questions about this policy. Many Thanks.”
Other users chimed in with their own “risqué” CVS photo printing stories.
“I printed out my hot pics at my local CVS not believing anyone would actually see them but previews were on the cover loll,” complained one user.
“I made it at staples!” another wrote.
“When I was working at Walgreens, I asked for photos like this and they said we could print them…but the situation never actually happened,” commented a third user.
“If I tell you I self-service printed these at CVS and the images didn’t come out and a CVS employee had to pull them for me. DEFECTIVE,” confessed another viewer.
Others offered their own printing solutions for the creator and others who wanted physical copies of images that could circumvent the limitations of a photographic printer’s “standard of ethics”.
“They can probably do it if it’s from one of their machines! rather than ordering them to print,” one suggested.
“Buy a cannon mini printer lmao!!” another advised.
“Use Shutterfly! This is my favorite to order photos. I ordered 170 photos for less than $10,” wrote another viewer.
In a comment, Geanna stated that she lost $28 on CVS for 67 photos.
There were more than a few users in the comments section who noticed that they used CVS self-service kiosks to print photos with nudity or sexually explicit images because they thought no one else would see them. However, many commented that the thumbnails of the images popped up on the screen, meaning anyone in sight of the screen could see the images they wanted to print.
This isn’t the first time the CVS file printing conundrum has gone viral. A TikToker named Mariah, who says he’s working on CVS, posted a TikTok urging customers to stop printing files of themselves at the pharmacy chain.
@roomtempwaterr pls it’s 9am Lauren I can’t do this #cvs #plsstop #fyp #viral ♬ Griddy x Nutcracker – freshbeatsnoah
“I know how many times I have to say that. Don’t print your files at CVS, I actually see each and every one,” she wrote in the overlay text.
While there were many jokes in the comments, one user raised a point that store staff did not want to be exposed to such materials.
“Nah why do you all in the comments think it’s ok and funny and cute?? Minors work at Walgreens…” they wrote.
The Daily Dot reached out to Geanna and CVS via TikTok comment.
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*Initial publication: June 17, 2022 at 7:12 p.m. CDT
Jack Alban is a freelance journalist for the Daily Dot, covering trending human interest/social media stories and real people’s reactions to them. He always tries to incorporate evidence-based studies, current events, and relevant facts to those stories to create your not-so-average viral post.
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