061113.Bathwick, Chemists are Pharmacists here.November 13, 2006 at 12:06 AM | Posted in Bath, Bathwick, Columns, Ionic Order, people, somerset | 11 Comments
Chemists are Pharmacists here.
After over a month and a half of just saying no to aspirin, I finally broke down and purchased some. The store brand tablets were 34 pence for 16 300mg tables. I couldn’t find any bottles so at least I don’t have to bother with the stupid childproofing, and the individually wrapped tablets are indeed environmentally wasteful but good for taking along on trips.
This might very well be the most boring post I’ve typed thus far, and it’s competing against many of my attempts to understand structural engineering. However, my point was that in buying only 16 aspirin for the equivalent of a little over 50 (US) cents, I had to speak to the chemist (pharmacist) at the cashier’s counter after having already given them my coins.
Chemist: Are you buying these for yourself or someone else?
Me: What? Are you talking about the aspirin?
Chemist: Yes. Are these aspirin for your own use?
Me: Yes, I have a headache. Please give me the box.
Chemist: Just one more question, sir. Have you ever taken these before?
Me: What? Aspirin?!
Chemist: OK then, enjoy your day.
Now, I want to know if she was just pulling my leg or if this country is insane. Do English people get headaches? I’m sure as I was leaving the store, the chemist thought: “Gee, that foreigner was dumber than he looked.” But in my defense, I believe it’s very difficult to overdose and die from aspirin. And in my humble opinion, I imagine on the off chance that one does succumb to aspirin poisoning (and is subsequently nominated for a Darwin Award) that it is even more difficult to sue over it!
Now, I actually do feel like poisoning myself with aspirin and directing my relations to sue in order that that chemist learns her limited liability precaution can’t hold up in a court of law and was just a waste of my time. Who’s with me? And who wants to poison themselves first and save me the trouble?
Also, note the Greek Ionic columns on this Georgian shopfront. Tune in tomorrow for the next exciting Ionic update!