By Nick Natario
Rouses Point, NY (WFFF/CNN) - You've heard of a dress code for classrooms, but what about one for shopping?
Walk into CornerStone Drug and Gift in Rouses Point, New York and it looks like any other store. You can fill prescriptions, buy cards, or just in time for summer, get new shades.
But even thought you can by the sunglasses, you better wait to put them on until you're outside. That's because store owners put up signs asking customers to not wear hats, shades, or hooded sweatshirts while inside. A dress code some people have complained about, but many others like the idea.
"I really don't think it's a big deal if it's going to make everybody feel safer, why not," said Maria Canty.
"If a person comes in dressed the way, with the hood, glasses and the caps and if they don't like it, then leave," said Phyllis Young.
The store owner says the intention of the policy is not to discriminate against anyone, but when you come in in the middle of summer wearing a hat, glasses or a hoodie, it can look suspicious.
The store created the policy after recent robberies at two area Walgreens stores.
The store doesn't want to scare customers, but create an environment that's safe for everyone. After all, some shoppers say it's better to be safe than sorry.
"We live in small towns. It's unbelievable what's going on," said Young.
And it's sad she says, to see a business have to put the signs up to keep thieves out.
Store owners say they won't call police on every person wearing sunglasses, hats or hoodies but they might ask customers to remove them.