October 5th, 2008

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Pharmacy suck.

I've taken allergy medication as long as I can remember. If I forget a dose or accidentally miss it, nine out of ten times, I'll be sick the next morning. I've also been sick a lot recently, I had tonsillitis in August and a sinus infection about two weeks ago. I've missed a lot of my classes and I can't afford to miss work.

I called in a refill for my Allegra Friday morning. It had no more refills, but it generally takes my doctor's office less than an hour to get back to the pharmacy. This time, it didn't. I don't have any of my medication left to take tonight. When I went to pick it up today, they told me that my doctor hadn't gotten back to them, but they probably will on Monday. Okay, no problem, things happen, I understand. I ask if there's any way for me to just get two measly pills to tide me over for the weekend. He says no. Apparently, if it's IMPORTANT, like heart medication or something, he could, but since it was JUST allergy medication, he couldn't.

Uh, what? I tell him that I get sick easily, I can't avoid the things I'm allergic to, and seriously nothing over the counter works. When my allergies get going, I don't get the sniffles. I have full blown coughing fits that make me puke and I can't breathe right for a week. Still can't give it to me. I've had the same thing happen to me before, like two years ago, at another pharmacy. They gave me a week's supply right then and there. Now I have to find a way to stay away from grass (I live in Southern California, the neighbors are always cutting their grass) and mold (our water heater broke last spring and leaked all over the garage, it's got mold now) until Monday night.

Anyone have suggestions? I used to be on Claritin and Zyrtec (and a million others I can't remember), but they don't work anymore.
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Bad Service In A Shoe Store

So this is pretty minimal bad service, but the atmosphere in this store rubbed me entirely the wrong way. Three of my friends and I were on a shopping adventure today and our last place to hit up was the love of my life outlet shoestore. The sales were so good, it was great.

But the employees were NOT so great. There was one person ringing up a line of five customers deep and the rest of the sales people just wandering around the store - not offering to help anyone, not doing anything that seemed beneficial to the store, nothing. At one point the lady at the register SCREAMS across the store at her coworkers (I'm assuming? or maybe she was manager?) to do something productive, to clean up the shoes laying around and to start putting up the new display.

As I'm walking through the aisles I hear one of the guys working there say to a coworker under his breath, "So I'm not going to do jackshit. But you'll cover for me and say I did, right?"

I was so appalled. If I acted like that in my place of work (also retail) I would be in trouble so quickly. And the screaming across the floor when the shop is full of customers seemed really unprofessional to me as well.

No one was rude to me, but I couldn't believe how poorly the employees were behaving and getting paid for it.

A Minor Restaurant Bad Service

This is the first time I have ever had bad service at a sit down restaurant. Ever.

Mind you, I'm a fairly reasonable person. I know that the waiter/waitress is only human. She may make a mistake here or there. That's fine. I'm not going to get upset if you forgot my soup at first, as long as it gets to me... especially if you look so very flustered because it's busy and you look like you had a long day.


I went to National Coney Islands today, after I went to a spiffy awesome Japanese Festival Cultural Thingie. My two friends, Brandon and Nesha are there. We get seated, and we all know what we want. The waitress that sat us down was just about to leave, but was kind enough to seat us and get us our drinks. She informs us that our actual waitress should be at our table in a couple of minutes.

It was about ten minutes before our new waitress got to our table, but I figure that it was because it was busy. She takes down our orders. I ordered chicken lemon rice soup (which is an important minor detail,) and Brandon ordered chili cheese fries, but with the cheese and chili on the side, not on the fries (another important detail.) 'Nuff said. Me and my friends play hangman while we wait for our food.

Now, at Nationals, soup is served first. The waitress comes out with my soup.

It's minestrone. Again, simple mistake. It happens. She goes back to fix it.

Now, I understand it takes a little while for food to cook. No biggie. However, I have never had to wait no more than thirty minutes for orders to get to the table, and that is for a large party when it's crowded. It was nearly fourty five minutes before she came back with my soup order, and the meal.

She also sets our bill on the table as she is serving our food.

This sets me on a WTF?

During our meal, she never returned. Not once. Not to see how we were doing. Not to see if we wanted drink refills. Not to see if we wanted dessert. Not if we needed boxs. We didn't even see her at her other tables so we could wave her down to get drink refills.

Not only that, but she had screwed up on our bill. Remember the fries my friend ordered?

She listed them as just regular fries, and charged two bucks extra for the chili and the cheese.

As we were heading up to the counter to fix the mistake and pay, I spot her.

Sitting at a table, yapping with people.

Let's just say I was a little miffed.
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