I'm so pi**ed off I can't stand it.
I went to my local pharmacy to get a prescription filled, so while waiting I noticed there was a lady there talking with the pharmacist. She appeared to be in her mid-50s and in obvious pain, with large arthritic knuckles, a hunched back, and was leaning on a cane. Within minutes she was crying, and I could hear why, the pharmacy staff member was being very condescending and treating her like a dog, because she didn't have insurance. The customer was shocked that a single medication had gone up from ~$70 /mo to over $200 and the staff member was saying things like, "cash customers who abuse these drugs are the reason we had to raise the prices on them", and "we aren't responsible for your budget, maybe you can borrow the money from a relative?"
At that point I just about lost it and walked over to them and asked, "What medication is so bad that you can't treat this poor lady with respect?" The pharmacist blinked. "Sir, this is a confidential discussion", she shot back. "No it isn't, everyone in the place heard you degrading this woman, can't you see how much she's suffering? Would you want someone treating your mother this way?" I turned to the woman with arthritis, "how much is your medicine, sweetheart?" She told me and I gave her the money. She started crying again and thanked me, then gave me a hug (awww).
By that time the pharmacist was livid, she looked like she was about to say something but I cut her off. "Keep your piehole shut, unless you're going to apologize. The owner of this place is a friend mine, and you can bet your overstuffed a** I'm going to talk to him about this." At that she spun around, walked to the back, and I heard a door slam. I walked the older lady up to the counter, making sure everything was okay (turns out she was getting a pain medication that's very similar to what I take), she then profusely thanked me again and wished me a merry Christmas and left.
Not 5 minutes later, while I was at the counter paying for my medication, the pharmacy owner walked in. Apparently the witch had called him, telling him that some customer was causing trouble and "cussing her out". He saw me and looked surprised, but I filled him in on what had happened, word for word, and his face nearly turned purple. He thanked me, however, then made a beeline for the back office, where I assume the angry, hateful employee was hiding. I'm not sure what happened after that, but I'll bet you it wasn't pleasant, for her.
So, be kind and respectful, especially to those who are less fortunate. You can't fix all the hurt in the world, but it doesn't take much effort at all to improve just one person's day (or ruin it, for that matter).Edited by Magick Man - 12/14/13 at 11:50am