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(REUTERS) — A New York City pharmacy that imposed a tax only on male customers has received some 3,000 hate messages, its co-owner said on Friday, amid a national debate over taxes on feminine hygiene products.

 

Independent pharmacy Thompson Chemists this week announced it was imposing a one-day 7 percent “man tax” on its male customers after a 2015 study found that women’s products cost 7 percent more than products for men in the city.

 

Jolie Alony, the pharmacy’s co-owner, said hate messages started pouring in by email, in phone messages and on social media after the owners placed signs outside the store announcing the tax on Monday, in an effort to draw attention to the issue.

 

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