June 22nd, 2007

JessonBike

Pharmacy

Man I have the worst luck with pharmacies.

Three months ago I got my 1-year prescription for birth control filled in another town at the Canadian Superstore, because I was traveling. I've had prescriptions at other Superstores, so all my information was in the system. The pharmacist was quick, friendly and I was out of there in no time.

Flash forward to last night: I can only fill 3 months at a time under my health plan so I went to my hometown Superstore to get a refill. The pharmacist was complaining to another customer about how busy she was and how she had no assistant and all prescriptions were going to be at least an hour wait. She took my refill info down on a piece of paper instead of punching my name into the computer right away, and told me to come back in an hour.

I had lots to do, so I kept busy and returned an hour and a quarter later. She didn't recognize me, but when I gave her my name she somehow immediately knew what my situation was.

Pharmacist: "You haven't had that prescription in two years."

Me: "I get it every three months and have for the past decade."

P: "Well our system says you haven't had it in two years so I can't give it to you"

M: "I had it filled at another Superstore 3 months ago, and I know your systems are connected to each other because that pharmacist found all my information in the computer and filled it right away."

P: "Sorry, there's nothing I can do and it's too late now. Our systems aren't connected."

M: "Yes they are! I confirmed that at the other store when I filled this prescription."

P: "No, they're NOT connected, and there's NOTHING I can do. I WON'T fill your prescription. And it's too late anyway."

M: "Why is it too late? Can't you call the other Superstore?"

P: "ALL THE PHARMACIES ARE CLOSED, it's 9:30 at night"

M: "Uh, excuse me, you're open, how can you tell me that every pharmacy everywhere is closed? Also, the other Superstore is much larger than this one and I bet you could call and at least find out if they're still open."

P: "I can't call, I'm too busy."

M: "I have to start the pills TONIGHT. Please call."

P: "No, I'm too busy to call right now! I won't call them. There's no point, they won't be open and I'm an hour behind on everything and we're only open for another half hour."

M: "It takes five seconds to put three cycles of Marvelon in a bag. You know what, never mind. I've had bad service here too many times. I'll switch pharmacies and start taking my pills late."


A few months ago I witnessed her do the same thing to my boyfriend, who was trying to get a refill for asthma medication that he had originally filled at that same store. His two refills were just deleted from the system for some reason and she refused to call the doctor's office for permission to refill it because she was "too busy." 

Gee, if I needed these pills to SURVIVE, would you still be so busy?

I will ask my pharmacist friend if there's a regulatory body I can report her to. If she's done that to both of us, guaranteed it's happened to others too.

PT with PMS

"I've been up since F'n 5am working and I couldn't go out partying with my friends last night because of it"

Those are the very first words my new PT (Personal Trainer) said to me before outstretching her hand and introducing herself as 'Jess'

While taking me through the initial fitness testing on that first session she called me a Bitch. Why? Because my skin is more tanned than hers.

The rest of that first session involved her swearing a lot, while I grunted and groaned and sweated and pushed my body to the limit.

The swearing made me cringe everytime. I am not a fan of vile language, especially when that person is supposed to be acting professional and especially when I am paying that person for their time.

Every session since has been worse and worse. She constantly swears and talks about herself and her partner, swinging as much praise her way as she possibly could. After one session she even said to me "I can't do 11am anymore, work out another time" And sped off in her car before I could open my mouth.

As a PT myself, I hired her, so that I could check out her technique and maybe pick up a few tips. The only thing I picked up from her is, What NOT to do and how NOT to treat your clients.

I had 3 sessions before I couldn't put up with paying for her crap anymore.
enron

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Upon further review, it appears as though I was wrong. Although I am a bit miffed at not being told there'd be extra fees, in the end I got what I wanted: three seats together in general seating. I'll just remember for next year to buy the tickets directly from the rodeo, and not to use any ticketing services in the future. (And on my online credit union statement, it's already showing "PROV CREDIT +$13.25," so that's all taken care of. My credit union is awesome most of the time; I'll never gripe about them here.)

So, I apologize and hereby retract my last post. I'll leave it up, but y'all were right: it was a simple matter of miscommunication. The end result is that we all had a good time, so why let a few dollars that I now have back spoil it?
doctor who ORLY

oh verizon, just sell me a phone!

Sometime Sunday morning, my toddlers decided it would be fun to grab my cell phone and give it a bath. I waited for it to dry out, but it's dead. Ok, time for a new phone. I have replacement protection on the thing (mainly because, well, toddlers), but I didn't have the number or whatever to call and make a claim.

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Chase Visa

I was leaving on a 10 day mission trip to Honduras on June 8th. While there, I would be in a rural location and was not sure if I’d even have running water or electricity – much less access to a phone or Internet. I wanted to make sure all of my bills were paid before leaving for nearly 2 weeks. On 5/31 I logged onto Chase to pay my bill – that way I could make sure the money was taken out of my checking account before I exited the country (bill wasn't due until 6/17). I paid $100 and was about to log off when I noticed a pending charge for $160.52. Now, I couldn’t click to see where this charge originated from, what date it was processed or anything – only that my available balance was lower than it should be. This is wrong. I have only ever used this specific card to do two balance transfers from my MBNA/Bank of America CC. My card is cut in half (since I received it nearly 2 years ago) and has been sitting in my wallet since then. I have NEVER made a purchase on it of any magnitude (no Internet, no swiping in a store, no telling random people my number). Only over the phone doing two separate balance transfers with a Chase representative.

I call Chase on 5/31 at 4:59pm. I am told by Christina that the charge is from alapage.com and has been pending since 5/29 for the amount of $160.52. I inform her that the charge is unauthorized and fraudulent. I have never even heard of that company before nor have I ever made any purchases using this card. She says she will report my card as “lost”, but I have to wait until the charge goes through before Chase can do anything about it.

I try to log onto my account the following day to see if the charge has gone through. I cannot log on because of security reasons. I call in on 6/1 at 2:08pm and speak with a woman (whose name I didn’t get). She says to call back on Monday because it can take up to 7 days for the charge to go through. In the meantime, I go to alapage.com and find it to be entirely in (what I assume) is French. I do not speak French. I had no idea this site even existed. . . . it seems to basically be a BestBuy type of store (based on pictures of their products).

I call Chase on 6/4 (Monday) at 9:17am and speak with Jenna. Jenna tells me that the charge has not gone through. I explain that I am getting slightly frustrated because I will soon be leaving the country for 10 days and do not want this matter to go unresolved for that long of a time. She tells me “Well, pay the charge in advance if you’re worried about it.” I am confused. I ask her why I would pay an unauthorized charge on my account that I did not make. The charge is not mine. She acts confused. I repeat everything I have said and been told the past two times I have called it. She responds, “Oh. I just see that you lost your card and have been issued a new one.” I get angry and ask her if any of the other two representatives had left any notes regarding my concern for the fraudulent charge showing on my credit card. She says “no”. Right. I restate my concerns regarding the pending charge and ask if there is no way to cancel or deny a pending charge. She says no – I have to wait for it to go through and then deal with it.

I call Chase on 6/5 at 11:47am and speak with a woman. I ask about the pending charge and she says it is still pending. She then said my new credit card was mailed out on 5/4. I say that’s nice, no one ever told me they were sending another one (guess I should have automatically known this) – can you please verify what address they are supposedly sending it to? She tells me that because my card was “lost” they are replacing it for me. Yes yes, I know and that’s nice – but are they changing my account number and where are they sending the damn thing? She says the account number is changed and gives me the address – which is thankfully my address. She then transfers me to the Fraud Unit because I have the unauthorized charge pending on my account . . . . WHY DID NO ONE DO THAT BEFORE! . . . .

At 11:51am I talk to Scott in the Fraud Unit. He asks basic questions – Have I had dealings with the Company, etc . . . I assure him that I have never heard of them until this happened and their website is solely in French and I have no idea how to speak French. HE THEN ASKS IF I HAVE CONTACTED THEM SINCE THE CHARGE TO SEE IF WE CAN RESOLVED IT BETWEEN US. Sigh. He is not listening. I remind him that I do not speak French. He puts me on hold to “go over my account”. He then gets back on the line and says that he’ll be closing my account for me. Seriously – I have been through this “that charge is not mine – fraudulent – unauthorized” nonsense and my account is still OPEN – still waiting for random charges to hit it? Right. Then Scott says that he’ll have to get an Investigator on the case. This investigator will be assigned to my case within 3 to 5 business days and will send me an affidavit to sign stating that the charges are not mine. The investigator will then mediate between me and alapage.com to amicably resolve said pending charges. I tell Scott that I will be out of the country in 3 days and would like this resolved immediately. He says it takes time. I say that I brought this to their attention 6 days ago and need it resolved before I leave the country on a mission trip. He then says that the investigator can mail the affidavit anywhere in the world – so just give him the address. I restate why and where I am going as such: “I am sorry, but I do not know where I will be staying. I am going to a rural part of Honduras on a mission trip.” Smart Scotty then tells me, “Well, will you have a fax number? They can fax it to you.” I tell Scotty-Boy that where I will be will most likely not even have electricity or running water – so no, I cannot give him a fax number. However, I would be happy to give him a fax number that I would have access to for the next 2 days. He reminds me that an investigator cannot take over my case until 3 to 5 business days from now. I tell him to leave notes in my file stating that I will be gone until June 18th and will not be able to sign said affidavit until my return and that I will not be authorizing any charges to my account during that time.

I leave to rural Honduras. I return. I get my new credit card (with a different CC number), but no affidavit.

I call Chase on 6/19 at 5:42pm and speak with Katherine. She says that she does not see any charges on my account. Only payments that I have made. This is good news. This means alapage.com – see: Fraudulent Charge – has not successfully gone through for one reason or the other. I ask her to mail me a statement reflecting this since I can no longer see my balance online or hear it through their phone system. She says that I can activate my new card and see everything just fine then. I explain that I do not want to activate my “new” card until I see – on paper – that everything has been handled to my satisfaction. She sympathizes with me and says she’ll have it mailed soon and I should get it in 5 to 7 business days.

Take Home Lesson: Chase sucks. You have to speak with four different representatives regarding unauthorized/fraudulent charges until they’ll transfer you to the Fraud Unit. They will also leave your account open to possibly continue getting pinged with more fraudulent charges, which, by the way, you won't be able to see because your account is unaccessible online due to security reasons. You then must deal with bone-headed people in the Fraud Unit who do not understand what you mean by a Rural location in a Third World Country and who will not assist you in rushing a matter so the world doesn’t explode all over your credit while you’re out of the country for 10 days.

Chase Sucks.
brain

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I know it's generally considered impolite to be using a cell phone while at the counter in a store. I was having a very bad, very hectic day and trying to make arrangements with lots of irritating people while I picked up groceries. So, I'm in line talking on the phone, and when I get to be served I say, "Hang on a sec, I'm at the counter," and pull the phone away from my ear.

The clerk stood there blankly, not scanning my items. I said, "Er, excuse me?"

"I won't serve you until you hang up; it's rude."

What??

Okay, so they had probably had as bad a day as me, and I can see it's annoying to have to serve people using phones, but I had stopped talking and didn't have it to my ear! What the hell? I was paying full attention to the cashier! *Grumble grumble* I hung up, because I didn't have time to argue it out.

ETA: To clarify, I put the phone in my top pocket; it's a flip phone, so I was obviously still technically in a call, but there was no way I could've continued talking/listening to the person at the other end.