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Funny retail stories

Discussion in 'Pharmacy' started by YanaB, May 7, 2007.

  1. YanaB


    Apr 16, 2007
    Not sure if this has been done before...
    I work in an independent pharmacy as a tech and I've come across some pretty crazy customers. We are, after all, dealing with some pretty drugged up people and there's no telling what they will do! I just wanted to hear some funny/interesting stories about crazy customers.

    Recently I was ringing up a woman's prescription (small pharmacy...I double as a clerk when I'm needed). She had a couple of prescriptions, one of them being norvasc...however since that new generic came out, she got that instead. Apparently she skipped a dose the night before because she was out and felt that it was imperative for her to take her norvasc right this second. So as Im going through the 23498374 steps to ring up her prescriptions (stupid system) I see her taking the pill, without any water at that. I go back towards the part of the counter where she is standing to pick up a piece of paper or osmething of the sort and all of a sudden she spits the pill out at me! (ok ok not at me...more like, down on the me just sounded more dramatic). She screams out "this isn't my medication!" ( I guess she didn't read the label carefully enough since it clearly sais "substituted for Norvasc") Meanwhile there is a half chewed-up pill on the counter in front of me, with blue powder all around it...the credit card that I have to use is covered in the blue powder! Anyway...after I explain to her that she got the new generic, she picks up the pill off the counter and puts it right back into her mouth. Wow....where do these people learn their manners?? I mean, she could have spit it out into her hand at the very least....

    Weird experience, but makes for a good story :laugh:

    I have more which ill probably type in later...
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  3. parabolic

    parabolic One of many 2+ Year Member

    Jan 30, 2007
    I had an older gentleman come up to the dropoff counter, dump a vial of some two dozen or so different capsules and tablets into his hand, and pluck one out from the mess.

    "I need a refill of this one."

    Of course it was a small, white, round tablet, completely indistinguishable from all the other small, white, round tablets we dispense (at least to my relatively-untrained eyes). Luckily between the pharmacist and the computer's profile of his medications, we were able to figure out what he needed.

    I'm now very glad that there was no saliva involved in that incident. :)
  4. gaba101

    gaba101 Doctor 2+ Year Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    I used to work as a clerk at a small independent too. One day this comes in and asked to pick up their medication. And being the polite clerk that I was, I asked "okay, do you have any questions for the pharmacist, sir?" Suddenly this person was like "what did you just say???" At first I thought this person was kind of pscyho (but didn't know the person's drugs well enough to know whether there were any anti-psychotic drugs). So I was like "I just asked you if you had any questions for the pharmacist, sir." Turns out the patient was a fat woman in overalls w/ short hair and a cap and kind of a dirty looking face (read--looked like after-shave). I'm sorry if your feminine aspects do not show up. Lesson learned--dropping off the "ma'am" and "sir" is a wise thing to do. ;) It's just a "bad" habit of mine to use "ma'am" and "sir" with a lot of people I speak to.
  5. futureRXdealer

    futureRXdealer Junior Member 2+ Year Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    Denver, CO
    Just after I tranferred stores at the start of the year an older gentleman (late 70's) came in and asked me if I had used hydroxycut wondering if it worked. I told him I had never tried it, and that I had no idea if it worked. He then went on and explained to me that he needed to loose his gut. He informed me that his wife died two months prior, and now when he has sex he cant be on top because his gut gets in the way. I told him I still did not know if it worked but could ask the pharmacist. He said he would get it anyway and let me know how it went.

    Fastforward to last week. Up until this time I had helped this gentleman out on numerous occasions to the point where he calls me "old buddy". He comes in and requests a refill on his cialis. He then asks me if I have tried it (I am 20 BTW). I told him no, and he then explains that cialis is way better than "That D**n viagra crap". He explained that when he was married, he took viagra and only one go around. But with cialis, he can go all night. As I listen and ring him up he tells me he has a "nice little mexican girl" going over to his house right now.....he gives me a wink....and takes off.

    The surprising thing is that this guy can hardly walk and he cant remember his address to the point that he looks at his licence every time I ask to verify it. I have to give him respect though....70 years old and still gettin some tail.
  6. Farmercyst

    Farmercyst On with the Poodles already Pharmacist Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

  7. piyi

    piyi 5+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    lol... such a funny story--love it.
  8. kkelloww

    kkelloww Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 13, 2005
    I work as an intern at Super Bloated Corporate Pill-pushers Pharmacy. During my once a week, 30 second chance to take a quick gulp of water, I noticed the store manager walking toward me with a beleaguered look on his face. I asked him what is wrong and he proceeded to tell me this:

    I got a code 50 (a customer needed him to unlock the bathroom) but I was helping someone else so I couldn't get over there right away. When I did go back into the hallway where the bathrooms were, a guy was pissing on the floor. I was so mad, I didn't even call the police, I just threw him out of the store.

    Everybody in the pharmacy got a big laugh out of that one. A couple of hours later, I saw the manager scanning shelves. I told the pharmacist to watch this and I paged a code 50 over the intercom. You never seen somebody run so fast.
  9. Moxxie

    Moxxie Rained out 7+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2005
    Temperate Rainforest
    My favorite recent one:

    An older man walked up to the drop-off window and asked for some advice from the pharmacist. He pointed to his ears and said, "Gosh, my fallopian tubes have been so stuffed up - what can I take?"

    I had to stay in the bathroom until I stopped giggling.
  10. Kaya31

    Kaya31 Kaya31 5+ Year Member

    Dec 22, 2005

    shouldn't this have been counselled on?
  11. YanaB


    Apr 16, 2007
    not too sure, but i believe by law you're supposed to give the generic unless otherwise stated by the MD or requested by the patient. Looking back, it definately should have had some sort of warning label on it informing her that the pills look different but its still the same medication...but I guess whoever filled it didnt bother doing that : /
  12. cycloketocaine

    cycloketocaine 7+ Year Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    The Boonies
    Uuummmmm, not in this state..........
  13. ZpackSux

    ZpackSux Retired Banned

    Feb 25, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    when did oklahoma become a state??:smuggrin:
  14. Glowwyrm

    Glowwyrm Member 5+ Year Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    Clearly you have not been informed of the notorious five second rule we all learn in kindergarten. ;)
  15. Farmercyst

    Farmercyst On with the Poodles already Pharmacist Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Afterall, anything I ever needed to know I learned in Kindergarten. Including how renal clearance affects the half-life of drugs.
  16. Requiem

    Requiem Senior Member Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jul 22, 2004
    Actually, you probably realized in kindergarten that if everyone tried to leave through the door at the same time you all got backed up. Only one at a time.

    If the door closed, no one could get out.

    It's surprisingly not much more complicated than that.
  17. JerryPharmD

    JerryPharmD Salt Miner Pharmacist 5+ Year Member

    May 6, 2006
    One guy called and asked about his proctofoam. He told me in gory detail how his doctor examined him. He said this several times. The question was just a ploy to share his experience. Freaking pervert.

    Some patients get a cheap thril when female pharmacists counsel them on ED meds. One pharmacist told me that one guy explained to her all the things he and his wife/girlfriend did. Another pervert... :rolleyes:

    A 90 year old lady came in with her middle-age daughter. The lady was in a wheelchair with 4 small wheels, the kind that must be pushed. The woman was quite senile and said things to the daughter like, "you're a worthless daughter, I hate you, I wish you were never born, you piece of s*** " among other things. I don't know how the daughter took care of her/could stand her.
  18. njac

    njac Senior Member 10+ Year Member

  19. Farmercyst

    Farmercyst On with the Poodles already Pharmacist Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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