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    Re: Was CVS Pharmacy right or wrong?

    Why wouldn't they let the boyfriend pay the extra dollar? I'm confused...

    If I were a customer there or someone who worked there, I would've paid for it for her.


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    Re: Was CVS Pharmacy right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    I don't see anything wrong with what happened.

    CVS is a business, not a public service. They operate on profit. And even though they offered surety, they cannot be compelled to accept it.

    So boyfriend called the paramedics, a public service that doesn't worry about profit because it's paid for in tax dollars. They arrive to the scene and gave her the medication that she needed.

    Everything worked out as it's supposed to.

    If we're going to have a capitalistic society don't be surprised when businesses act capitalistic.
    There is more to life than money
    There is customer good will, and trust.
    If CVS does not know this they should be denied a license to operate.
    This situation must have been embarassing all around.
    Two people, yet no "magic card"., no check, no loose change....
    Something stinks here...CVS must be run as a tight ship???
    What does CVS say about this ??

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    Re: Was CVS Pharmacy right or wrong?

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    I didn't know pharmacist took the Hippocratic Oath? With that in mind it would seem like there should be some legal action that could be taken against CVS. Or atleast the pharmacist should lose their license.
    Why should any legal action be taken? She wasn't hurt. The paramedics were called, she got the treatment she needed, and she fine now.

    And if we're going to let legal action to be taken for pharmacists who don't give medicine because people can't pay a dollar for it, what's to happen when someone goes in for medicine but can't pay any of the $21 for it?

    And if a pharmacist is going to be punished for violating an oath for not giving an asthma sufferer an inhaler while suffering an asthma attack, are we then going to punish cancer treatment doctors for not giving cancer patients the treatments they need because they can't afford it?

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    Re: Was CVS Pharmacy right or wrong?

    At my pharmacy we have a change tray that usually has around $3 in it for people who fall short of the price. CVS was wrong. Personally I would have just given them a dollar if they needed it.
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    Re: Was CVS Pharmacy right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Personally, you're allowed to do that. However, they aren't compelled to do that. So the clerks still did nothing wrong.
    There is also more to life than "right or wrong".
    And, where was the manager?
    If he does nothing, then I would fire him, or hand him a broom.

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    Re: Was CVS Pharmacy right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Why should any legal action be taken? She wasn't hurt. The paramedics were called, she got the treatment she needed, and she fine now.

    And if we're going to let legal action to be taken for pharmacists who don't give medicine because people can't pay a dollar for it, what's to happen when someone goes in for medicine but can't pay any of the $21 for it?

    And if a pharmacist is going to be punished for violating an oath for not giving an asthma sufferer an inhaler while suffering an asthma attack, are we then going to punish cancer treatment doctors for not giving cancer patients the treatments they need because they can't afford it?
    Legal action for violating their oath. Also, there is a major difference in not providing medicine because someone can't pay, and not providing emergency medical treatment because someone can't pay. There is a big difference between I have a sore throat, and I might die in the next 5 minutes, and how the situation should be handled.
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    Re: Was CVS Pharmacy right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    So why is everybody denouncing the clerks at CVS Pharmacy for not pitching in a dollar but not denouncing the other customers in the store for not pitching in a dollar?

    Let's not only boycott CVS Pharmacies but also random business consumers as well.
    I didn't realize they were other customers in the store at the time. The link doesn't really specify that. If there were others there and they didn't help, they should be ashamed of themselves. But I find it hard to believe that there was no one there that would have helped them out.
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    Re: Was CVS Pharmacy right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    I don't see anything wrong with what happened.

    CVS is a business, not a public service. They operate on profit. And even though they offered surety, they cannot be compelled to accept it.

    So boyfriend called the paramedics, a public service that doesn't worry about profit because it's paid for in tax dollars. They arrive to the scene and gave her the medication that she needed.

    Everything worked out as it's supposed to.

    If we're going to have a capitalistic society don't be surprised when businesses act capitalistic.
    This wasn't a triumph of capitalism. If CVS loses more than $1 because of the well-deserved bad press arising from this fiasco, then the decision to rescue that $1 profit from the arms of the gasping customer was both foolish and fiscally unsound.

    It was also immoral as ****, but of course that has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with how we want our businesses to conduct themselves, right?
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    Re: Was CVS Pharmacy right or wrong?

    I think it draws the distinction between a corporation and a Mom and Pop outfit. A Mom and Pop outfit would have waived the dollar.

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    Re: Was CVS Pharmacy right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    I don't see anything wrong with what happened.

    CVS is a business, not a public service. They operate on profit. And even though they offered surety, they cannot be compelled to accept it.

    So boyfriend called the paramedics, a public service that doesn't worry about profit because it's paid for in tax dollars. They arrive to the scene and gave her the medication that she needed.

    Everything worked out as it's supposed to.

    If we're going to have a capitalistic society don't be surprised when businesses act capitalistic.
    An individual can still be held criminally negligent, although holding a corporation to a similar standard. Secondly you're assuming that, while the employee is a representative of his employer, that his employers would agree with his action.

    Most importantly you have a funny view of capitalism, even if CVS Pharmacy and its employee could legally get away with this it makes no sense from a business mindset. Firstly, I doubt that CVS Pharmacy bought that medicine for over 20 bucks and needs 21 to make a profit. Secondly, not selling produces a huge amount of public outcry. Thirdly, and most importantly, its never good business to KILL your customer. The woman is going to need asthma medicine in the future, and if she's dead she won't be able to buy it. Not only that but I'm sure she'll like to return to the business that "understands her situation" and will bend the rules for it.

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