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Woman petitions Meijer to remove candy, tabloids from checkout lanes

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A Michigan woman is petitioning Meijer to remove what she calls “negative items” from the checkout lanes to make it easier on parents with young kids.

In every store checkout line, you'll find candy, drinks and tabloid magazines - products the stores want you buy as an impulse purchase.

One mom wants that all to go away, saying it makes shopping difficult when children won't stop asking for candy bars.

Many parents, though, said they don't have that problem with their kids.

“They stay by me, they're well, disciplined. They go asking for things or touching things,” Randy Allingston from Saginaw said.

In a petition posted online, the mother targets Meijer, asking the store to create healthy checkout lines that contain not only healthy food options but also remove the tabloid magazines and their “racy” covers.

"Keep the kids by you. Quit letting the run wild. The magazines are not the problem, as long as they're by you,” Mykia White of Saginaw said.

In a statement sent to TV5, Meijer responded to the petition saying:

"Our goal is to ensure our offerings appeal to the needs of a very broad and diverse customer base. We are proud of the healthy choices we offer throughout our stores as well as the fact that our customers can count on us for all of their shopping needs, whatever their buying preference.”

To read the petition, click here

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