Category: Health & Body

Stupid customers in stories are bad enough. However, dealing with a customer’s health issues may be hazardous to your own health! Please consult your doctor before continuing.

Acting Like She Was Born Yesterday

| NJ, USA | Health & Body, Underaged

(I’m waiting in line at the pharmacy; there’s one other gentleman in front of me, and then a fairly stereotypical “little old lady” up at the counter. I try not to judge, but…)

Lady: “I’m sorry, I just don’t understand.”

Pharmacist: “I just need you to give me your birth date for the system.”

Lady: “But those are my pills.”

Pharmacist: “I know, but I need to be able to type your birth date into the computer.”

Lady: “I don’t understand. I gave you my name.”

Pharmacist: “Yes, ma’am, but I need both your name AND your birth date.”

Lady: “Do I look like I’m too young to get pills?”

Pharmacist: “It’s not how old you are, ma’am. We just need the confirmation so we don’t give the wrong pills to the wrong person.”

Lady: “But they’re MY pills.”

Pharmacist: “Yes, ma’am. Please, just tell me the month and day you were born on…”

(This goes in a loop for about seven minutes, with the line getting longer and longer. Finally she relents and gives her birthdate… And takes another ten minutes trying to sort out how to use the credit card reader, refusing to let either the pharmacist or anyone else help her. Finally, she gets done, shuffles away, and the gentleman in front of me is called up.)

Man: “I’m picking up for [Man], my birthday is [Date], my phone number is [Number], my address is [Address], my first born’s name is [Son], and you can HAVE him if it speeds this up!”

(The rest of us, including the pharmacist, burst out laughing!)

Sick Of Bad Parenting

| Ireland | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids, Health & Body, History

(I occasionally help out in my mother’s salon at busy times like Christmas week. There is a bit of a lull one morning this year so I leave to run some errands just as a client arrives with her three young children. I missed the following occurring not even ten minutes later..)

Baby: *throws up*

Mom: *sympathetic* “Is she OK?”

Client: “She’s fine, just something she ate this morning.”

(Almost on cue, one of the older kids “projectile vomits” across the floor. The other one doesn’t look very well either.)

Mom: “I’m sorry, but you need to take them home. They’re all sick.”

Client: “But my hair…”

Stylist: “No, they’re sick and if we get sick, too, we can’t work. They have that stomach bug that’s going around and it’s really bad.”

Client: “But my husband won’t look after them. I need my hair done!”

Mom: “In Ireland, men mind children, too. If he lives here, he helps.”

(She reluctantly left. I came back to my mother bleaching everything the kids had touched or thrown up on, and thankfully none of us got sick. We were just so boggled about how anyone could take clearly sick kids out anywhere, let alone for something as silly as a hair appointment. The client even tried to get another appointment for the day after Christmas, when no salon will open…)

Unrest-Room

| Wilkes Barre, PA, USA | Bizarre, Health & Body

(I am spending the day today with my grandmother to do some Christmas shopping, and because she has some birthday coupons for several of the stores to use. I need to use the restroom, so I tell her to go ahead and wait on a bench and I’d be right back.)

Me: *opens the restroom door just in time to see one of the stall doors SLAM shut as if someone rushed in there*

Woman: *is audibly scrambling around in the stall, presumably getting toilet paper to wipe the seat or something*

Me: *sneezes*

Woman: “Oh! Uh… You might wanna leave. I… I don’t wanna put anyone else through this.”

Me: *in partial disbelief of what I just heard her say, quietly exits the restroom and makes the long walk to the bathroom in the nearest department store*

(At least she was considerate. LOL!)

Pregnant With Sensitivity

| PA, USA | At The Checkout, Health & Body

(Back in 2014, I was the manager at a well-known girl’s accessory boutique in my local mall. At the time, I was 7 months pregnant and well used to the normal slew of questions about my body and pregnancy. My employee is ringing the customer up.)

Customer: *to me* “So, how far along are you?”

Me: “Seven months.”

Customer: *gasps* “But you’re so big!”

Me: *sternly, but not yelling* “Please don’t say that to me!”

(At this point, I walk away so I can calm down.)

Customer: *to Employee* “Well! That was just rude. Some people are just too sensitive. What’s your corporate number? I want to complain about the way that girl talked to me.”

Employee: “And say what? That you called my pregnant manager fat and she wasn’t gracious about it? Sure. Here’s our corporate number.”

(The customer took the number and her purchase and stalked out of the store. I thanked my employee for coming to my defense and called my district manager to explain the situation and forewarn her of the possible call. She was, of course, on my side and thanked me for the warning. Unfortunately, the customer never called. I would have loved to hear what she said I did.)

Suddenly Thankful For Health Insurance

| CA, USA | Health & Body, Money

(I work as a pharmacist in a pharmacy inside a department store. This takes place on Black Friday and the entire store has massive sales going on; however, the pharmacy is just running under normal business hours. This is the first but not last occurrence this entire day.)

Patient: “You guys are open today?”

Me: “Yes, we are. Just normal hours today, though.”

Patient: “So that means I get my prescriptions half off, right?”

Me: “No, that’s not how it works.”

Patient: “But the entire store is on sale. You guys should be, too!”

Me: “Well, there’s no Black Friday in the pharmacy.”

Patient: “YOU SHOULD!”

Me: “Tell you what; I can give you 30% off the cash price of your prescription. I can’t discount insurance, but I can work with the cash price. Just don’t tell anyone I’m doing this.”

Patient: “Sure!”

Me: “Okay, the cost of your prescription with the discount is… [price around $3000].”

Patient: “What?! I pay $5 normally!”

Me: “Well, that’s the cost of the prescription, so take it or leave it.”

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