I would imagine if you think about it, you might agree with me. Look around the next time you are out and about. Everybody seems to have a beverage in their hands. Im not kidding. It seems everywhere I go, somebody has some kind of beverage container in their hands. I go to church on Sunday mornings and people have coffee cups, and beverage holders, and invariably our relatively new carpet has beverage stains on it already from spillage of said beverage.
What is it about some people that they can’t go 20 minutes without sucking on a drink? My best friend is among this group. She brings some beverage everywhere she goes…and much to her husbands dismay, often tips it over. Because she is a lover of a straw, she won’t buy a spillproof cup so she keeps tipping her cups everywhere. I dont care what she spills on HER carpet, but I kinda mind what she spills on MINE.
What brings me to this post is something that happened last week in the pharmacy. The tech was checking out this lady who was paying for her prescription. She came in with one of those giant plastic cups that (presumably) you bring into a restaurant and they will refill it for some reduced price. To me it looked like a pail…with a handle on the side. I was in the counting area when I heard a shriek and then ” OMG I am SO SORRY!” then the tech took off to grab as many towels as possible. This stupid woman had tipped it over ( the lid popped off) and sticky soda was running all over my pharmacy counter like a brown river. It took nearly a whole roll to clean up the sticky mess and pretty much stopped the checkout line for 10 min.
A few months prior, we had a relief pharmacist who tried ( unsuccessfully) to balance her own beverage on the cash pan, and tipped it over and flooded the entire contents of the cash pan with coke. The book keeper was not thrilled. I heard all about it the next day.
Another time, a year or so ago, a different relief pharmacist tipped over her Jamba Juice on my computer key pad..completely ruined it.
In the pharmacy I have a rule: NO beverages on the dispensing counter. Any beverage that is not in a screw top container may only be consumed by the sink…far away from any drug products. Some companies I have heard actually BAN any beverages in the pharmacy. THAT is a bit extreme when you consider we work without a lunch or break. Take away my coke and you may have violence on your hands. Somedays that coke is the only nutrition this pharmacist gets. Sad, but true. Nevertheless I dont need to be sucking on that coke 24-7…and I dont haul it with me on every errand, and usually the only thing thats in my cup holder in my car is some loose change , a chapstick, and a blue tooth headset with a dead battery.
One of my pharmacist friends works for a clinic style pharmacy that did a major remodel. They enlarged their waiting room, put in a couch, some fancy chairs, a TV, ( and get this) a CARPETED floor. They wanted to copy the environment of the dr’s offices up stairs I guess. The pharmacy is lovely, with muted blues and greys, and very calming. They hung a sign: No Food or Drink ( in english and spanish). The pharmacy manager said they barely had the carpet down a week when somebody spilled a coffee beverage on the carpet. Apparently the sign didn’t apply to her.
Leave your cups in the car…you aren’t going to die of dehydration. I promise.