How to Annoy Your Pharmacist

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I used to work in a retail pharmacy at the weekends. It killed two very studenty birds with one stone for me – great work experience and extra pocket money. It was also my first customer-facing role, and I found myself on a steep learning curve from day one; both academically and personally. It taught me a lot, the real juicy stuff you don’t get from a degree and textbooks. A lot of said juicy stuff revolved around how to deal with challenging characters – the kind that people mean when they talk about “work in real life”. I decided to put this post together in their honour. The next time you walk into a pharmacy, you’ll be armed with eight great ways to annoy your pharmacist. Use at your own peril.

  • Ask your pharmacist for advice, then sing the praises of herbal remedies and slag off modern medicine.
  • Interrupt your pharmacist with medical jargon you don’t understand when they’re trying to explain something to you.
  • Storm in demanding your repeat prescription – wait for it… when you haven’t ordered a repeat prescription in the first place.
  • Yabber on about everything BUT your medical query when there is a long line of customers waiting to see the pharmacist. The weather and Brexit are particularly good topic choices.
  • Ask your pharmacist why they take so long to put a sticker on a box. Because that’s what they spend five years training for.
  • Ask your pharmacist if they even need a degree to stand behind the counter.
  • Ask your pharmacist for advice, then ignore everything they’ve told you and say “I’m going to see a doctor”. Walk out immediately for maximum effect.
  • Insist that branded medication is always better when your pharmacist offers you a generic equivalent to help you save money.

I’d love to hear from you if you work in a pharmacy and you’ve had any customers do this on a regular basis, or if you have any amusing retail anecdotes – I want to hear them all! Put them in the comments below. Until next time.

– J

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Disclaimer: This is a spoof post based on the author’s personal experiences only. J accepts no responsibility if these tips yield unfavourable results. All images used in this post have been obtained from Pixabay under a Creative Commons License and edited on Canva by J, exclusively for thenellybean.com. All content in this post relates to the Masters of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree program in the United Kingdom. 

16 Comments on “How to Annoy Your Pharmacist”

  1. I use to work in retail and it made me realise how crazy or extreme some people can be. Like literal meltdowns over a product not being in stock. I’ve stood in line waiting for prescription before, and have heard customers have lengthly chats about how a friend they know, had similar symptoms and tried something herbal or different. And I always hate when someone asks for advice and then chooses to argue with it. x

    1. Haha I’m not the only one then! In all seriousness though, I do think retail is a great learning experience, and having at least some experience in a customer-facing role would benefit everyone. x

  2. I work retail, in a shoe shop and 1 big way to annoy me is asking for a shoe and not telling me what size you need like i expect to know! haha this was such a fun read!

  3. ROFL! That was hilarious! I’m also totally showing this to my dad! He’s always annoying people, so this will be some great incentive. Hahaha! 😛

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