Viral Post Leads To Changes In The Ladies’ Room At YYC

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Photo of the note that led to change.

Sometimes social media is a good thing.

A viral post about a $15 box of tampons sold at YYC led to some changes in the Ladies’ room.

Carlee Field was waiting for a flight from Calgary to Vancouver last month when she stopped to use the bathroom in the terminal.

Inside, she saw a box of tampons with a note that said all of the machines were empty and that it had been necessary to buy a $15 box from the Relay shop in the airport. The same box of tampons shown in the photo can be purchased at Walmart for $3.97.

The unsigned note's author wrote that the price mark-up was unacceptable and invited others to take a tampon if they needed one. 

"Lady bro in the bathroom of the Calgary Airport! I appreciate you!" Field wrote as she posted a photo on the social media site Reddit.

The image was widely shared, with many tagging on sentiments including one that said the woman who left the tampon donation was "the hero we need."

Shortly after, the airport authority wrote that the machines had been refilled and the price at Relay had been lowered to $6.25.

The move was received with mixed reviews online.

"Awesome! Nice to see some actions take place," said one post.

"It really shouldn't have taken you this embarrassment to do so. Perhaps be more decent towards your customers and keep what happened in mind," said another post.

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