My blood is boiling reading this!!! I have NEVER heard of any diabetic having to prove themselves as one. Wow...I'd go above their heads and make a big complaint cuz that is some BS!I went to Wal Mart today to grab some syringes. Here's basically how it went.
Me: Hi, I need to buy some syringes.
Cashier: Can I see your diabetic card?
Me: What in the world is that?
Cashier: Its a little card that proves you have diabetes.
Me: ...I dont have one.
Cashier: How about a medicalert?
Me: I have one, but the band is broken and its at home.
Cahier: I'm sorry, we cant give you syringes then.
At this point, I got pretty mad. I was completely out of syringes and needed to take my Lantus. Aside from that, I ran out of pens today and now need to take novolog from vials until the first of the year when my insurance kicks in. I NEEDED those syringes. It goes on.
Me: I have NEVER had to provide anyone with any of those things to get my needles.
Cashier. Im sorry sir. Without them I cant sell you needles.
Me: You mean that the only proof you require is something that I can get 2 aisles from here and anyone can buy without question?!
Cashier: I guess, if thats how you want to look at it.
At this point, I whipped out my case of diabetes stuff I keep with me. I opened it up to reveal my monitor, strips, Lantus, Novolog, Lancet device, control solution and spare lancets.
Me: Isnt this enough proof? I have all my prescription meds right here.
Cashier: I'm sorry. If you want, you can go buy a medicalert and come back.
Me: Let me talk to your pharmacist. NOW.
She goes and gets the pharmacist after speaking with him for a second, and the pharmacist calls me to the consultation window.
Pharmacist: Look, were going to do it, THIS time. Next time bring some kind of proof.
Me: Your only proof is something that costs 50 dollars a couple aisles down and is available to ANYONE! This is outrageous!
Pharmacist: Its our way of making sure that drug users dont -
Me: (interrupting) I can appreciate that as much as anyone else, but has it occurred to you that a druggie can buy a medicalert just as easily as I can?
Me: If you guys are going to enforce this rule, you need at LEAST some kind of sign stating your policy.
Pharmacist: We have a sign right here.
The sign reads something to the effect of: "We require proper ID for the sale of any controlled substance".
Me: A needle is not a CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE! Dear lord, its a device made to transfer medication subcutaneously from a vial to the body!! What is the DEAL here?
Pharmacist: Next time bring ID, we wont have this problem.
Me: Heres your proof. I need THIS (pointing at the lantus and novolog vials) to get in HERE (pointing at my stomach) or else I go to the EMERGENCY ROOM. As I said, I appreciate you trying to keep drug users from getting their fixes, but all youre doing is keeping me from getting what I need.
Pharmacist: Well, go ahead to the register. She'll get you what you need.
Heres where it TRULY gets interesting. A lady in front of me walks up to the register, asks for needles and gets them, NO QUESTIONS ASKED. When I aprroached the register, the cashier had my needles waiting for me. I purchased them and proceeded to ask the cashier -
Me: So... what was up with that lady? You didnt ask her for ID! She could be a druggie!
Cashier: Honestly sir, shes an older lady. Diabetics are older people.
(I exploded here )
Me: Are you SERIOUS??!! Im a type 1! Type 1 means JUVENILE ONSET! I've had it for almost a decade! If youre going to work in a pharmacy, learn what youre doing!
So basically I had to spend 20 minutes at the pharmacy for something that shouldve taken a minute or two because Im young. I was in a hurry today, which didnt make anything better. I feel like I was discriminated against just because of my age or appearance.
I think I'll be getting my meds elsewhere from now on.