Pet Peeves

Published Online: Monday, January 14, 2013
You Must Be High.
The following phone call came in to a pharmacist who works at a small independent pharmacy in Colorado, which recently passed Amendment 64, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and possession of up to an ounce of the drug:

RPh: Hello, thanks for calling the pharmacy.

Customer: Hi, I want to buy 5 lb of weed. [80 times the legal limit!]

RPh: What?

Customer: I want to buy 5 lb of weed.

RPh: This is a pharmacy.

Customer: Yeah, I want to buy 5 lb of weed.

RPh: I am sorry. This is a pharmacy—we sell medication, we don’t sell that.

Customer: Yeah, 64 passed, and it is legal now. I want to buy 5 lb of weed.

RPh: I’m sorry. You’ll have to go somewhere else. Have a good day. [Hangs up.]

Unforeseen Overhead.
Prescription discount cards that charge the pharmacy to use them.

Gratitude, Not Attitude.
Solving a serious equipment failure situation at your job and your manager not even acknowledging the staff for working extra hard during the crisis. Management needs a reality check sometimes, it is not all about them—employees are human beings and have feelings.

Questionable Choices.
Parent in the drive thru to pick up child’s antibiotic and cough syrup (while eating McDonald’s and smoking a cigarette) decides not to get the $7 cough syrup that public aid doesn’t cover.

Wait Your Turn.
Patients who just start speaking to you when they can clearly see that you are on the phone.

On-The-Spot Shot.
When a patient waiting for a flu shot says, “How much longer will this take?” For God’s sake, don’t rush the person about to stab you with a needle!

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