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Man in chemist

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Fluffymonster Fri 28-Jun-13 19:51:19

Gets right up my effing nose!!!

The chemists is next to our GP's practice, and I go there to get meds for dd's asthma or whatever.

I have two kids, 4 and 6yo and they're happy, cheery souls - they chatter to one another while waiting (but not in a shouty way) and the 4yo will look at the items on the shelves and might touch one or two items - but the older one is sensibly behaved and won't. Neither of them would ever take or steal anything though.

When 4yo was younger i.e. toddler - she may have moved the odd thing, like put a shampoo bottle a few inches to the left or something while waiting, or brought an item to me, and I've told her to put it back - she's never broken or opened anything, or stuff like that.

Well, there's this guy who works there, I'm not sure in what capacity - as I don't think he actually does the dispensing. He works the till though. Anyway - he is really OTT. As soon as 4yo literally lays her finger on something, like for a couple of seconds, he's there, asking me to get her to leave them alone. He's like fucking Gollum with His Precious. Then he makes a point of coming out with his stupid clipboard, and fiddles with the shelves, obviously stocktaking. All she's doing is having a look fgs - it's not doing anyone any harm, and what do you expect small kids to do in a chemist when there isn't always a place to sit?

So today we popped in to buy some plasters, and out he pops within a minute, with his I'm-an-officious-twat clipboard, and immediately goes to the shelf where dd was (she'd literally just pointed at, and touched with the tip of her finger, a Mr. Men gel pad). Grrr.

I was paying for the plasters two feet away, and hadn't even left the scene yet - it's so fucking rude!!! I feel like my kids, and therefore I, who are generally polite, and upstanding citizens are being treated like kleptomaniacs!!

Anyway, this has gone on long enough and though I've never really said anything to him about it before, as when they were toddlers I could understand the raging paranoia cautiousness a bit more. (Even so, I've NEVER been in a chemists anywhere else, where they've actively been prevented from looking at or touching anything - imagine if that happened in Boots!). I can't decide if he's like that with all kids or just mine, as mostly it's other adults in there waiting. It's not like we are there that often, maybe once every few months - but gradually I've noticed he does it every single time we're in. It's not even funny anymore.

WIBU to have words, if he so much as touches his blasted clipboard again, within two hundred yards of us next them we're in?

Or maybe I could just double back and move/touch everything myself, each time he's finished stocktaking?

Or get as many of my mum mates and offspring to descend on him in one fell swoop and see what he does?

Oh I realise I could go to a different chemist, but it's got to a stage now where I am drawing battle lines. Officious Git.

cjel Sat 29-Jun-13 11:25:14

fluffy, you seem to be backtracking now about what your dcs do in the shop? you started with what else are they supposed to do while waiting and now minimise what they are doing?

Fluffymonster Sat 29-Jun-13 21:57:44

Not backtracking or minimising cjel. Not sure where you got that idea.

This is what happened:

4yo had grazed her knee in playground and I thought we'd pop in for some plasters.

Dd had been looking at the plasters shelf (calmly, and with me next to her).

There was a Mr. Men gel pad for bruises on the same shelf as the plasters, which she poked at with the tip of her finger whilst we were browsing. She then picked up the Peppa Pig plasters and asked to buy them. I took them to the till, which was a couple of feet away.

Mr. Paranoid Stock-Taker, appeared like a shot with his clipboard and went up to the shelves we had just been in front of and immediately starts readjusting and counting everything on those shelves. We were in there less than a minute at this point. 6yo dd had been perfectly behaved, standing there, 4yo dd had browsed with me.

I felt really annoyed as there is a history of this person doing this - just gradually I've realised it's not coincidental he does this while we're in there - as it happens too often now for it to not be deliberate. I was especially annoyed as yesterday we weren't even in for prescriptions - just in and out, yet there he was again, clipboard in hand. It's incredibly rude and off-putting to say the least, and I came here to have a good old rant.

I stand by that comment. The full context was: All she's doing is having a look fgs - it's not doing anyone any harm, and what do you expect small kids to do in a chemist when there isn't always a place to sit?

The point being is that they are looking and not doing any harm. NOT 'running amok and treating the place like a playbarn' as inferred by some folks. Not 'making new displays'. They are having a look if there is a wait - esp 4yo who struggles with standing still after a few minutes - I don't have a massive problem with her browsing as long as she doesn't move things to different shelves, opens/breaks anything or steals. But she doesn't do that - I'm with her anyway. It's a poke here and a "can we buy this" there. I think it's fine, but accept that other people wouldn't let their children touch anything at all.

Still, you don't have to believe me! I suppose there will always be the odd bod who wouldn't - after all, we MUST have done something wrong to keep getting that treatment. So...never mind!

Anyway - not feeling so bothered today. He's an arse, it's not going to do their business any good and they'll only have themselves to blame.

However I think I should also employ the "Look with your eyes and not your hands" mantra with dd as that sounds fair enough. Also, maybe he does do this because of other kids in general and it may not be down to just mine. Though that remains to be seen.

Anyway it's yesterday's news. Right now I've calmed down and can't be arsed to go back and have words - but will report back if he does it again next time, as I probably will mention something about it being really off-putting for potential customers-with-kids.

Lazyjaney Sat 29-Jun-13 22:06:46

"if he has special needs-OCD or something"

Ill bet The only special need he has is for parents to control their grubby fingered kids. I'd also bet the OPs kids are not the paragons of virtue she describes, and I'd bet too that she is not the only one with fiddling kids they have to deal with every day.

I'm with you fluffy, YANBU

i would vote with my feet, shop elsewhere

cjel Sat 29-Jun-13 22:20:22

the point is they were looking not touching OH NO she poked one packet and picked up another one, you were right by her, OH NO you went to the till?Make up your mind!! I believe you, I have no reason not too and anyway why do you feel the need to have everyone believe you are honest>

You have just contradicted yourself in the above post twice, if you compare your OP with all your other posts that is why i said you were backtracking.
Glad you've calmed down hate to try and talk to you when you are wound up.smile

Bugsylugs Sat 29-Jun-13 22:21:48

Odd that it is ok for adults to pick up hold look and touch but everyone expects children to look but not touch. Just incase I teach the same put pick up touch etc myself

cjel Sat 29-Jun-13 22:29:52

adults have more control on how they handle things, usually have cleaner hands, usually picking up to get closer look at potential purchase, dcs are picking up to play,may well damage,dirty , make things unsaleable.
not odd at all, adults are allowed to do a lot that children can't.
BTY I also think its wrong for adults to pickk up for the sake of it and can't stand people wh think its ok to read magazines in shops without paying!!smile

Fluffymonster Sun 30-Jun-13 00:28:22

Cjel - you asked two questions, specifically addressed to me.

I didn't want to appear as though I was ignoring you at the end of the thread so I posted a reply. Wow.

Eyesunderarock Sun 30-Jun-13 00:32:25

You could just not go back. Ever ever ever again. That'd larn him.

Salmotrutta Sun 30-Jun-13 00:38:38

I didn't let my kids prod and poke stuff on shelves. I also used the "look with your eyes and not your fingers" phrase! It's pretty well known surely?

And as for the poster asking about adults prodding and poking - generally adults are the people with money who are actually selecting and comparing goods to make a purchase.

Not many 4 year-olds have purchasing power.

AaDB Sun 30-Jun-13 09:33:21

Yabu.

Go elsewhere.

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