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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.

Redorwhitejusthaveboth Fri 28-Jun-13 19:54:10

He's a knob... It's war girl!!!! Play group outing to the chemist? Really interactive session wink

maja00 Fri 28-Jun-13 19:54:26

I would ask him if there's a problem.

mistressploppy Fri 28-Jun-13 19:54:53

Oh please go in and shuffle everything around yourself! And report back....

maja00 Fri 28-Jun-13 19:55:14

I bet you'll get a load of responses saying of course YABU for letting a child touch anything in a shop grin

DameFanny Fri 28-Jun-13 19:56:02

Turn all the bottles round as if you're looking at ingredients and leave them that way.

And when he leaps out from the counter say "excellent, could you help me choose between these two pile cushions" or similar.

OHforDUCKScake Fri 28-Jun-13 19:56:41

"He's like fucking Gollum with his Precious."

Thats disgusting!!


scratchandsniff Fri 28-Jun-13 20:09:20

That would wind me up. I'd have to shift stuff about on purpose and would be actively encouraging my kids to look at stuff. I imagine him looking like Noris off of Coronation Street. Perhaps take your own clipboard in grin

Fluffymonster Fri 28-Jun-13 20:12:26

I actually was SO tempted to mess with his shelves - in fact I did start to, cos I went back to them, and bent down to 'look' at more boxes of plasters, but wimped out of touching them.

Then I got home and thought how absolutely ridiculous it is!

Fluffymonster Fri 28-Jun-13 20:13:22

Chortle at Duck grin

currentbuns Fri 28-Jun-13 20:23:36

Perhaps he's decided for whatever reason that your dc are particularly suspicious. I had this once with a loon security guard at a Sainsbury's I used to frequent when pregnant with dc1. I'm convinced he thought I'd concealed stolen goods beneath my bump because whenever I entered the store he'd be lurking about, hovering behind displays and ducking back quickly, keeping a close eye on me. It was ridiculous.

Oldraver Fri 28-Jun-13 20:28:11

Oh I would wind him up and move bottles around and stuff

Fluffymonster Fri 28-Jun-13 20:42:17

Is it possible for him to ban us if I did?

I mean, I would think it's my right as a customer to browse...if I felt so inclined...

Not that it would be a huge hassle as there are others I could go to...but oh, the indignity.

WhoBU Fri 28-Jun-13 20:46:54

Dare you to do some precious Gollum style hissing under your breath grin

weisswusrt Fri 28-Jun-13 20:55:18

Buy the plasters.....then next time put them back on the shelf so his clipboard says his precious items don't add up!
Nasty tricksy fluffy!

Eyesunderarock Fri 28-Jun-13 21:05:36

He does sound like my DS. I find it very disconcerting when he's had a spare moment and I look in the pantry to find that everything is lined up and organised, all the labels on the cans and packets at regimented angles.
Same with my random scatterings of stuff in the bathroom.
You could ask him why he's bothered.

Oldraver Fri 28-Jun-13 21:10:26

....Is it possible to ban us if we did...

But who the fuck is he ? He sounds far too officious and I would be having a word with the manager that his actions are intimidating to you and just hope he isnt the manager

cjel Fri 28-Jun-13 21:15:30

i am going to say i have 2 dcs and 5 dgcs and they just know not to touch in shops ! but this horrid little man is an idiot !!!

Eyesunderarock Fri 28-Jun-13 21:25:48

Yes, use your words to talk to him. Or his manager.
Unless you are enjoying the drama? The man may be oblivious to the level of anger he is generating in you.

HollyBerryBush Fri 28-Jun-13 21:35:18

My mantra to my children was "you look with your eyes not your fingers, put it back"

what do you expect small kids to do in a chemist when there isn't always a place to sit?

|Call me old fashioned but stand still, not touch and not be a pain in the arse to the world around them

Gruntfuttock Fri 28-Jun-13 21:37:10

I'd talk to him about his behavior, preferably in front of his manager. It shouldn't be accepted but challenged calmly and reasonably.

cjel Fri 28-Jun-13 21:51:15

Holly, you are braver than me saying what i thought outloud here on mn!!!!

MammaTJ Fri 28-Jun-13 21:56:02

Where do you live? I start every visit to every shop with 'look with your eyes not with your hands' to DD. I wouldn't bother in this shop, it would kill him!! grin

MalcolmTuckersMum Fri 28-Jun-13 21:57:45

You know OP - really - your kids shouldn't be touching the stock. It's not there to help them pass the time. I understand that the assistant is OTT and probably deserves smiting dead with his clipboard but really - if you worked there would you like everything rearranged every two minutes because some entitled mother thought her entitled kids had every right to treat the shop stock as a toybox?

HollaAtMeBaby Fri 28-Jun-13 21:58:44

YABU. Teach your children not to touch!

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