Pass Me a Xanax!
Maybe someone can help me? For the life of me I can’t figure out at what point people in this world have turned into such a miserable @* #%*. (Insert your own word here) Was it during one of my personal days off? I’m usually so busy at the pharmacy that I don’t have time to evaluate just how rude people are or maybe I’ve just become so numb to it. But today on a beautiful laid back Sunday where people should be out enjoying time with their families and enjoying the nice spring weather that we’ve had none to my surprise, all of the P.I.A’s (Pains in the you know what) were out in full force and in my pharmacy.
Since when do people find it acceptable to get in line to either drop off or pick up their scripts while in the middle of a conversation on their cell phones and then look at me as if I’m interrupting them with my questions? Haven’t they heard of cell phone etiquette or is there none? Why is it my problem that you waited to the last minute to refill your birth control pills? You are out of refills, it’s the weekend, and now you have to wait until Monday to reach the doctor. But I’m the bad guy who won’t give you your pills. Why is it that when your doctor told you he would be sending a prescription electronically you didn’t verify which pharmacy it was going to before screaming and insisting that it was my pharmacy when in fact it was sent to my competitor down the road? And since when is it my sole responsibility to get your prescription authorized when I’ve made 3 attempts to contact your doctor and he or she has not responded? You take the initiative and make the call instead of insulting me by telling me that I’m not doing my job. And how come you never know what or how many medications you are coming to pick up? Do I take these medications or do you? Why is the pharmacy, or more specifically the pharmacist on duty, always to blame and left to explain your ridiculous co-payments and not your employer? Take the initiative to figure out what your benefits are instead of expecting someone else to decipher it for you.
What I realize is that even after going above and beyond to help people out nowadays you can’t get a simple thank you or have a nice day. Oh, I’m sorry I guess I don’t deserve that. I’m simply here to serve you. Where did that sense of entitlement come from?
I truly don’t have the answer but I would like to offer a possible explanation or what may sound like an excuse to some. Could it simply be that this is just the world we live in today? Is it because we have technology at our fingertips that everything can be done on our phones eliminating the 8 hr work day forcing people to in essence never leave work behind? Maybe people are just overworked, over tasked and feel undervalued and unappreciated? This would make sense. After all, people face more deadlines than ever and seem to have very little to no time at all for themselves and employers seem to take full advantage by squeezing every last drop out of their employees.
This is the simple concept of supply and demand. You must put up with everything that is asked of you or they will hire someone else that will. And in this economy jobs are few and far between. It’s like being stuck in an abusive relationship with no way out. Maybe it’s more than work-related and finances. Perhaps it’s personal or has to do with family, friends etc. Whether it’s one thing in particular or a culmination of things, all I know is people are going bonkers! No one has the slightest bit of patience or consideration for others. Whatever the case may be, there is evidence of more stress and anxiety which I can attest to first-hand by the increase in antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications that I fill on a daily basis. In my opinion at least 1 out of 3 people fit into this category. If something doesn’t give, then dealing with these people is going to make me a statistic!
So will it ever get any better? Will people ever go back to treating each other with respect or is this just the world we live in and take it or leave it? All I ask for is common courtesy, but apparently that’s no longer common.