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    Was CVS Pharmacy right or wrong?

    Should CVS Have Sold $21 Inhaler To Asthma Sufferer Who Only Had $20? - The Consumerist

    A woman in New Jersey suffering from an asthma attack had to call a paramedic when her local CVS wouldn't sell her a $21 inhaler for $20. The woman and her boyfriend were walking home in Garwood, NJ, when her asthma kicked into high gear. Hoping to quickly remedy the situation, they popped into a nearby CVS to buy an inhaler.
    Is profitability so important that CVS did the right thing here?
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    This is wrong, on so many levels. For a measly dollar the people working there would deny a person emergency medical treatment, and possibly let her die. I really can't believe people sometimes.
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    Could the clerk not have just paid the last dollar with his own money to possibly save the woman's life? I'm sure she would have paid him back.
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    Of course they were in the wrong, the boyfriend even offered surety that he'd pay the extra dollar, the people who were working should be sacked.
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    Re: Was CVS Pharmacy right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    Could the clerk not have just paid the last dollar with his own money to possibly save the woman's life? I'm sure she would have paid him back.
    If I was in that situation, I wouldn't care if I got paid back.

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    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.

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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 is more about the individual clerks than the company itself. Personally I would have gave it to her, and wouldn't have given a damn about the extra dollar. Even if the manager told me not too. I would have given him the finger, and gave her the inhaler anyway. I understand that they have to make a profit, but in this situation, where she could have stopped breathing, and was having the episode in the store, money loses it's importance, it's all about saving another human being. Money isn't everything.
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    I would've just told the cashier to toss off and stolen the damn thing.

    Exigent circumstances, anyone?

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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.
    Capitalistic is one thing. Potentially letting someone die for a dollar, while capitalistic, is abhorrent.

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    Re: Was CVS Pharmacy right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    This is more about the individual clerks than the company itself. Personally I would have gave it to her, and wouldn't have given a damn about the extra dollar. Even if the manager told me not too. I would have given him the finger, and gave her the inhaler anyway. I understand that they have to make a profit, but in this situation, where she could have stopped breathing, and was having the episode in the store, money loses it's importance, it's all about saving another human being. Money isn't everything.
    Personally, you're allowed to do that. However, they aren't compelled to do that. So the clerks still did nothing wrong.

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