The tooth was broken off so short that they had to cut it out. Afterwards I was given a prescription for hydroco/apap which is the generic for Lortab. The prescription was for 28 pills. I dropped the prescription off at the Walmart pharmacy and did some shopping while I waited. Eventually I picked up the medication and we went on home.
I am not a pill person and it takes a lot for me to even take an aspirin or something so a couple weeks went by before I opened the Lortabs. My tooth never did hurt enough for me to use one of the pain pills, but I get migraine headaches occasionally and that was why I finally opened them. The bag was still sealed closed with staples yet when I dumped them out and counted them there were 2 missing! I looked at the label again. Yes, it said "Qty 28" clear as day. I counted the pills again, only 26...
"What? Two separate people count them?" That means either one of only two possibilities; Either two different pharmacy techs cannot count to 28 or there is someone who is stealing pills. She got quite upset when I said that and told me that I was not going to get any more pills. What? I explained to her that I was not in any way trying to get anything even though I should because I didn't get what I paid for in the first place. She insisted that there was no way a mistake like that could have happened because they have "checks and balances" set in place.
"Are you calling me a liar?" I asked. "No, I am not" the reply.
"I tell you that I was missing two pills and all you can say is that it isn't possible?" I told her that if she thinks she wasn't calling me a liar then she had no idea what the word meant. She said something like, "Well, I am sorry sir, there is nothing I can do and in the future you should count them before you accept them."
|"Hmm... I hope they don't count these..."|
"Make sure you count your medication before you leave," I said loudly enough for all to hear, "Walmart has some pill heads working in the pharmacy and they might pocket your stuff!" and "The pharmacist told me I had better count them next time! It sure would be cool if you could trust your pharmacy..."
I was very dramatic and smart alecky about it and got quite a few strange looks. But I know for an absolute fact and with not even the smallest doubt that 2 pills were missing from the bottle. Did two consecutive human beings count 26 pills as 28? Or did someone put a couple Lortabs in their pocket?
D Slone, Copyright 2011
NOTE: The images on this page are just general Walmart images and not necessarily connected to the particular Walmart where this occurred. OK, I admit it, I stuck in a few Walmart pics to make it look better. But the actual story is 100% true.