Today’s theme is actually borderline comedic. I say borderline because it’s actually very rude at the core, but has a funny appearance at first glance. Today, I’m going to talk about inappropriate sexual conduct in the pharmacy. Get your chuckles out now because the remainder of this will be very serious.
In the past week, I have seen WAY too many examples of inappropriate conduct in the pharmacy. Not from our employees, but from our patients. Now, I don’t mind hearing compliments from people about how nice our staff looks, and I don’t view it as harassment. But, when a person starts making sexual passes at our staff, that’s not only rude, it’s embarrassing and uncomfortable as well. The conversation below happened today at our drive-thru between one of our young female techs and a middle aged man picking up his wife’s prescription.
“How can I help you?”
“I’m sorry I parked so far away.”
“No, it’s not your fault. I’m just short.”
“That’s okay. I like ’em short.” *wink*
“Who are you picking up for, sir?”
“My wife. I like it when you call me sir.”
“Do you have any questions for the pharmacist?”
“Yeah. How can I get you in my truck for a nice, long ride, sweet thing?”
Wow. Just wow. Very classy. -_-
This kind of behavior is awful to start with, but of all places, what would make someone think it’s okay to behave like this at a pharmacy? Save it for the bar, buddy. I’ve been seeing this sort of thing a lot lately, and I don’t know why. It’s happening to both our male and female employees, and it has no age or marital status boundaries. I feel like posting the following in the pharmacy.
Pharmacy Etiquette Notice
1. Please, do not make any sexual passes or references towards our employees.
2. Please, do not ask for our employees’ telephone numbers or other contact information.
3. Please, do not hand out your contact information to our employees while they are on duty.
4. Please, do not touch our employees in a non-professional manner.
5. Please, refrain from flirting with any employees.
I am still very disgusted by the behavior I’ve been witnessing in the recent past. Unfortunately, we cannot ask these people to leave the premises for this sort of thing, since it is not physically harmful. Thank you, corporate regulations, for such a stupid rule.
My take-away point is this: Readers, please do not act in a flirty or sexual manner to pharmacy employees. They may find it harassing, even if you are joking. And, please, spread this message. Spread it far and wide. I think half the problem is that people don’t realize how uncomfortable they may be making someone else. And, if they don’t know there’s a problem, they won’t be able to fix it.