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    Category: Health & Body

    His Targets Are Unreachable

    | TX, USA | Bosses & Owners, Health & Body

    (I have to be out of the office for two days, for a surgery, and have permission in writing. I call to remind my boss the day before.)

    Me: “Hey, [Boss], just reminding you I’ll be unreachable tomorrow because I’m having surgery.”

    Boss: “Okay, I’ve scheduled an auto repo for tomorrow so just make sure the guy has your cell number in case of problems.”

    Me: “No, I’ll be completely unreachable. He’ll have to call the office and talk to [Assistant].”

    Boss: “Wait, how ‘unreachable’?”

    Me: “In the hospital, getting my nose sliced open ‘unreachable.'”

    Boss: “Well, what if your children need you?”

    Me: “Okay, [Boss], you’re overthinking this.”

    Needs To Go Off-Script

    | NC, USA | Employees, Health & Body, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I’m back at Student Health with my second miserable sinus infection of the semester.)

    Nurse: “Well, it sounds like you’ve just got something in your sinuses. I’ll go have them write a prescription and fix you right up!”

    Me: “What exactly are they prescribing?”

    Nurse: “Oh, just [antibiotic] and a decongestant.”

    Me: “I literally finished a course of that three days ago, for the same problem. It should be in my file.”

    (The nurse just stares at me like she’s waiting for me to say I’m joking, and then whips around and walks out of the room. Twenty minutes later, she comes back and presses a prescription paper into my hand and hurries me out of the building. I drive to the little pharmacy closer to campus.)

    Pharmacist #1: “Hi, what can I do for you?”

    Me: “I need this filled.”

    (We do the routine confirming my insurance, and I sit and wait for a few minutes before being called to the pick-up counter.)

    Pharmacist #2: “I’m sorry, but where in the world did you get this script?”

    Me: “From Student Health, less than an hour ago. Why?”

    Pharmacist #2: “We’re pretty small; we don’t carry as much as [Chain Pharmacy] does. Sorry, but you need to take this to them.”

    (I drive across town to the [Chain Pharmacy], explain what the first pharmacy had told me, repeat the insurance checking and settle down to wait, but I’m almost immediately called up.)

    Pharmacist #3: “Okay, so I’ve never had this problem before. The medicine they prescribed could only be referring to [Well-Known Brand], which hasn’t been available for nearly a decade and there’s no way your insurance will cover it. I can try to find all the different things that are in it, but they might not be in the right proportions and could get expensive.”

    Me: “Sorry, I’ve been sick for a while. Let’s see what it all adds up to, and then see what I should pay for?”

    (A minute later, she returns looking triumphant, holding a bottle.)

    Pharmacist #3: “We had some of the [Well-Known Brand] in the back, and it looks to have one full dose left. I’ll just charge it as [Other Well-Known Brand]. That’ll be $12.”

    (After all that fuss, turned out I had mono and the prescription was useless!)

    Barney Refuses To Dye

    | CT, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners, Health & Body

    Me: “Hey, [General Manager], can I dye my hair purple?”

    General Manager: “How purple?”

    Me: “Really purple.”

    General Manager: “Like the color of Barney?”

    Me: “No, not Barney colored!”

    General Manager: “I’ll let you dye your hair if everyone can call you Barney.”

    A Sickening Lack Of Concern

    , | Surrey, England, UK | Bosses & Owners, Health & Body

    (I’ve recently had to take some time off work due to a family emergency. I go back for one shift, then have a day off, but feel ill that day and spend most of the night throwing up. I have a shift later that day so call my manager.)

    Manager: “Hello?”

    Me: “Hi. I’m scheduled to work this evening, but spent most of last night throwing up. Is there a rule—”

    Manager: “—you’re not missing another shift.”

    Me: “I actually feel better now. But seeing as we’re working with food, do I have to wait 24 hours or anything after being sick?”

    Manager: “Just come in. You can clear tables.”

    (I went in. I ended up serving food. Luckily that manager left a month later.)

    Needs To Prescribe Themselves Some Attentiveness

    | MI, USA | Employees, Health & Body, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I’ve been going to the same chain drugstore for a while now. Having moved and been diagnosed with diabetes, taking medication has become a fairly standard part of my life. I am picking some prescriptions when I am told that they can’t find one I had refilled the night before.)

    Clerk: “Huh, that’s strange. It says it was filled this morning by [Pharmacist] but I can’t find it.”

    Me: “Well, I really kinda need it. It’s a diabetic medication and I really can’t go skipping a day.”

    (The clerk tells me if I’m willing to wait 20 minutes that they can refill it. I pay for my other medications and he bags them.)

    Clerk: “Okay, that’s all done if you’ll just step to the side at that window they’ll let you know when it’s ready.”

    (I am confused but do as he says as he makes a motion to move my bag of prescriptions to wait with me. The woman behind me, a snobby soccer mom if there was one, immediately steps up as I edge away from the counter. She states her name loudly and starts complaining about how long she’s had to wait and how they really need more staff. After 15 minutes, the people at the other counter confirm what I need and have me sit down. When my prescription is ready I am once again called to the clerk to pay for the last one.)

    Clerk: “Okay and your total is [total]. Would you like to add this to your other bag?”

    (He offers the prescription towards me and I give him a hard look.)

    Me: “You can put it in with the rest of my medications you have.”

    Clerk: “Ma’am, I already gave you your medications.”

    (I look at him and gesture towards my t-shirt, jeans and non-existent purse.)

    Me: “And where exactly do you think I have them? You kept my medications. You never handed them to me.”

    Clerk: “You took your prescriptions. I bagged them and handed them to you.”

    Me: “You did bag them, and then you told me to move to the other window. You never handed them to me.”

    (It was at this time one of the actual pharmacists stepped over.)

    Pharmacist: “Ma’am. Is there something wrong?”

    Me: “Yes. Your clerk is trying to claim that I have given me my meds but I never got them. I have the one.” *I hold up the one he just rang* “But I don’t know what he did with the other three.”

    (The clerk has now given up and is completely ignoring me, ringing up other customers behind me.)

    Pharmacist: “Ma’am, would you like me to call a manager?”

    Me: “Yes, please do. I want you to watch the security footage and find out where my medications went.”

    (I am asked to wait and within a minute a manager shows up. He’s one I’ve dealt with before and have gotten fairly friendly with.)

    Manager: “Don’t worry, [My Name]. We’ll get this all sorted out.”

    Me: “You know I hadn’t thought about it till now, but the girl behind me was named [Name]. You may need to call her.”

    (Another 30 minutes and four missing refills later, it was discovered that the clerk had indeed bagged my medication, and then proceeded to bag the snobby lady’s meds on top of mine and hand her the entire bag. I haven’t seen that clerk at that store since.)


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