A small town pharmacy in Youngsville is at the center of a big firestorm on social media.Umesh Chaudhury, co-owner and pharmacy manager at Youngsville Pharmacy on Main Street said that they have received phone calls. They have received death threats over the phone.
He is also the voice of the store’s Facebook account which over the past several weeks has been butting heads with customers and COVID-19 vaccine-resistant users on the Rolesville Community Facebook page.The rhetoric has been hot, sometimes harsh, with Chaudhury giving as much as he’s getting.
When anti-vaccine users pushed back, the pharmacy responded, Conspiracy theorists are not welcome at Youngsville pharmacy. Chaudhury told one customer they were banned from the store because they were anti-vaccine. They are in the business of promoting science and vaccines to these people. So when they see people going out there and spreading false information of course they’re not welcome!One local Facebook user telling us they’ve reported Chaudhary to the state pharmacy board, telling people they’re not welcome to come for other medicines crosses the line for good public health.