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If Only There Was Foot-In-Mouth Control Pills

One day my husband and I went to a popular national pharmacy to pick up my order of birth control pills.  We knew that this month’s would cost us more because we did not have insurance at the time.  When the pharmacy clerk rang us up he said the total came to over $130.  Both of us were shocked that it would cost so much and spent about 5 minutes discussing concern about whether we would be able to afford it, all right in front of the clerk.

Then, as we are about to decide to go ahead and pay for it, he laughs and tells us he’s just kidding about the price, it’s only $45.  Both my husband and I were so shocked and angry that this man thought that what he just did was funny.  Even if he actually thought he was trying to make us feel better about the price by quoting us a higher price, watching us agonize over this decision for the drug was uncalled for and very rude.  We paid and my husband informed the clerk he was out of line and that we would never come back again to use their pharmacy. And we never did. 05-15-09

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  • hyacinth June 27, 2009, 11:55 pm

    Perhaps he lowered the price because he saw you couldn’t afford the real price – he may have been doing something nice? Just a thought.

  • Vicki July 14, 2009, 10:26 pm

    I doubt that a clerk would have had the authority to lower the price to just over a third of the actual price. If he was trying to do something nice, it would have been much better if he had said “Let me talk to my manager and see if we can adjust the price for you”, instead of joking about it.

  • Lyss August 7, 2009, 12:34 pm

    It could also be that he’s against birth control pills, and thought that if he quoted the higher price you’d change your mind about buying them. Then when you decided to buy it anyway, he had to reveal the real price.

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