CONROE, TEXAS -- I have been going to Eckerd drugs, now CVS pharmacy for 30 years. I am 49 years old and normally deal with a pharmacist who I have known at least 35 years. I am on Medicaid and in a major lawsuit with my health. I have never had a problem with this pharmacist. This lady pharmacist I have had a problem with. She got in an argument with a Walgreens pharmacist over me when I wanted one of my prescriptions transferred because it was easier for me to get at the time and closer to home.
The Walgreens pharmacist told me she was unprofessional and didn't do her job right, since that time this women has made life miserable for me. She put in the computer that no one but the pharmacist I have known for 30 years could fill my prescriptions. Most recently when I went to fill a prescription at the Cleveland pharmacy. The pharmacist there said that the prozac for August couldn't be filled because it was already run. Not true.
The night pharmacist in Conroe had loaned me 9 and I had the prescription which called for 90. I called Conroe and the on call pharmacist denied anything had been run for August saying the last Prozac was filled in June. Sorry CVS is lying as I had just got my August prescription and it was not filled. I have proof of this.
It had been run in Conroe which they deny the female pharmacist who does not like me told my drs I dr shopped and sent them a printout of my meds without my permission. They know it is a lie that I am a silicon breast implant patient and also broke my arm and tore my shoulder, not to mention having a torn meniscus in my left knee as well as having a neurosurgeon which I need surgery on. In the course of my illness I have had various illnesses including pleurisy among other things this female pharmacist knows nothing about, but the pharmacist I have known for 30 years and is currently on vacation does know. I trust him but was told he was on vacation.
I was going to a pain clinic on 1960 but this female pharmacist told a girl to tell me my dr at the time was under investigation when he was not and would not fill my medication because it came from Houston, so I just found a dr who not only is local and can handle my pain but will be doing 3 of my surgeries. I was told that CVS pharmacy will no longer fill my prescriptions.
Fine, I will no longer use your pharmacy, but I am suing you for ignoring the Hippocratic oath among other things as well as some of your staff talking to family members I did not give permission for, and for flat out fraud as the pharmacist in Cleveland Texas in CVS in Cleveland said the Conroe store ran my August Prozac yet the last Prozac run for me was in June, according to Cleveland per their call to the CVS pharmacy in Conroe.
My sister picked up 9 loaners from Conroe on my Prozac I have the bottle. So not only are the CVS people unprofessional and liars but they ignore the Hippocratic oath. Walgreens is aware of said situation as the pharmacist there got in an argument with the female pharmacist at CVS pharmacy in Conroe and told me she was unprofessional.
This unprofessional behavior which has ended in a nightmare for me when I go to pick up medication and she puts in computer only pharmacist I have known for 30 years can fill. To add insult to injury, without my permission she talks to my sister about me and says I am a liar. I believe this is taped. So much for the Hippocratic oath huh?
GILBERT, ARIZONA -- On 10/4/12 I went to my nearest Minute Clinic in Gilbert, Az and I paid my $10 convenience care Co-pay. I just received a bill for $15 from Minute Clinic on 11/04/12 stating that my insurance stated I owe a $25 co-pay not a $10 copay. Well my insurance card shows that convenience care co-pays are $10, on 10/4/12 before I went to the Minute Clinic I called my insurance company and was told that my co-pay would be $10 and when I got to the Minute Clinic the NP confirmed that my co-pay is $10 for convenience care and that is what I paid.
When I called my insurance this morning (11/05/12) I was told that CVS had incorrectly coded their claim as an office visit not as a convenience care visit and that is what triggered the $25 co-pay instead of the $10 convenience co-pay. I was told I needed to contact Minute Clinic and ask them to re-bill using the correct code. I called Minute Clinic customer service and got to **.
I explained to her the situation and ** was very rude and very unprofessional telling me that they bill as office visits not as convenience visits and she didn't care how that affected my co-pay and that I could have my insurance call them if they wanted to and hung up. I cannot believe at the rudeness of their employee and at the deceptive business practice of CVS/Minute Clinic.
I then re-called my insurance company and they called Minute Clinic and to try to sort this put and Minute Clinic told her they would "look into it". If you know that different codes trigger different co-pays then obviously Minute Clinic/CVS are out to deceive its patients and fraud insurance companies into paying more if you they knowingly upcode a visit as an office visit to get paid more.
So I'm in line at my local CVS about to pay for my Mountain Dew. As luck would have it, I get behind a member of my second least desirable class of consumer....The Coupon Queen (my least desirable is the thief).
Anyway, onto the story. Woman (call her Queen C) walks up to the counter with 52 sticks (yes...52) of some deodorant that was on sale for $1.99. Well it turns out Queen C also had 26 replicates of a manufacturer's coupon to buy one, get one free. The coupons carried a max value of $3.99. So the cashier finishes ringing and charges the customer 50 some dollars, which sounded about right since she was actually paying for only 26 of the sticks of deodorant at $1.99 apiece. Well this didn't sit right with Queen C who felt that since the coupon carried a max value of $3.99, that should have been the amount credited to her, which would have made the entire purchase free.
The cashier (who was super polite), explains that since the items were being sold at $1.99 each, that each coupon could only be worth the retail price of the item and thus she still had to buy the first 26 sticks in order to get the second 26 sticks free. So after several minutes of useless arguing and holding up the line, Queen asks to speak to the manager. Much to my chagrin, the manager decides to give Queen the max value of all her coupons, and 52 sticks of deodorant at no charge to her.
Now I realize coupons are a part of the retail game and keeping customers happy is obviously the goal. But retailers really, really need to take a stand and come up with ways to put limits on what these people can do. This lady didn't spend a penny in that store, and now all the good customers who want to take advantage of that sale won't be able to because one customer wanted to be greedy and abuse the manufacturer. Anyone else out there wish all coupons that exist on Earth would be invalidated?
So a fellow M3C user emails me several days ago, asking me to share with her the worst complaint I've ever heard or read from a customer. So I've decided to share with all of you. For those who aren't aware, back in the day I worked in a call center for a chain of department stores, so I've heard/read just about everything imaginable. Here's how I would cateogrize what I would hear.
CLASS A; Legitimate Complaints. These were the people who had a good reason for calling because the store they dealt with either couldn't or wouldn't resolve their problem, or gave them just an unreasonably hard time. Estimated percentage of call volume falling into this category was about 30%.
CLASS B; Wishy Washy Complaints. These were the nitpicky people who probably didn't need to call. Not that they were necessarily unreasonable or wrong, but usually what they were complaining about was not really a big deal like having to wait in line for a few minutes longer than they wanted to or something to that effect. Estimated call percentage was 60%
CLASS C; The Tattletales. These people would make me crazy. Customer would call me to tell me about some silly thing an employee did that in no way negatively impacted the customer's experience or the flow of business in the store. An example that comes to memory was a customer called me to inform the company that she spotted an employee sitting in his car smoking a cigarette and she didn't think that was professional. If you call "corporate" to tell them something like this, you have way too much time on your hands. (Call volume 10%)
Okay now to the classic. The dumbest complaint I ever got from a customer was from a man telling me that the store he visited was managed by an Asian female, and he didn't think this was appropriate. I asked him if he experienced a problem in the store or if this manager or an employee gave him a hard time, and he said "no," that his experience was actually very good.
I asked him if the store was neat and clean and if the service was efficient, and he told me "it was." So I asked him what his issue was with this manager, and he replies that "he doesn't like it that an American business is managed by a minority." (his words, certainly NOT mine). So in essence, this buffoon calls corporate to "complain" that he didn't like how this Asian female store manager did nothing but run a nice, clean, efficient store. It just shows you that no matter how good you are or try to be, it won't be good enough for somebody.
RIVERDALE, MARYLAND -- My Husband and Myself visited the one located on Riverdale road Riverdale MD to buy some training pants for my baby girl. Once we reached the register I gave my cell phone # with a 202 area code. She rung us up and the total was $11.12. My Husband gave her a 20 dollar bill and 25 cents, she gave him back 13 cents and then closed the register. He's like "I gave you 20 dollars where is my change?" and she called the duty manager and said that "I need you to count my draw because he said that he gave me 20 dollars and he could be telling the truth because I didn't count it."
What type of mess is this? How could you have ppl on the reg. that don't pay attention to what or how much money ppl give them? So anyway the manager then takes the draw without talking to us, goes in the back room for about 20 minutes then calls the cashier to the back and stay for another 20 minutes. Then the manager comes out and say her draw didn't come up short. OK what does that matter? She then says that he gave her a 10 dollar bill. OK how is that possible? The total was 11 dollars and 12 cents.
After her refusal to give us our change we called the police. The Officer claimed he watched the tape and that you could not see what the bill was that she received. The manager would not let me view the tape even with the Officer present. Something is very wrong with that. I also want to state that we only had a 20 dollar bill 4 ones and three quarters in our pockets at the time. The Officer gave some information on steps I can take to resolve this matter. We just got robbed by the CVS for 9 bucks!
CALIFORNIA -- I have been a pharmacy Tech for 3 years now, 2 years with Long's and 1 year with CVS. CVS bought us out a year ago and things haven't been the same since. Just to let all of you complainers know we do not try and be rude and give you terrible service. I would like to see some of you try to do our jobs, CVS has cut our hours so much that it is hard to get anything done when you are so short staffed.
There is 1 person taking prescriptions, answering phones, and inputting prescriptions all at once at my store. So sorry if you have been waiting 5 minutes and I haven't helped you, I am trying to do 3 peoples job at once. I only have 2 arms and 1 brain. I am sick of all the complaints with how much work we do for you people. I try and keep my spirits up, but it' hard to deal with customers cussing at you, throwing prescriptions at you, and complaints all day, it is not fun and you wonder why we are rude at times?
One time I was held at gunpoint for drugs, so we decided to shut down the pharmacy (God forbid we close) and a woman wanted to drop off her prescription and I said, "Sorry ma'am we're closed, we were just robbed," and all she could say to me was, "This is ridiculous, there is always a problem here." So I am sorry if we have been rude to any of you nice customers out there, but don't think it is because we get some type of sick pleasure out of it, it is because we are tired of being mistreated by all of you ungrateful people. Please just give us respect and we will do the same, we are people just trying to do our jobs, like everyone else.
CHERRY HILL, NEW JERSEY -- My son had been an employee at CVS in Cherry Hill, NJ since Sept '09. He was fired almost three weeks ago because he was accused of stealing. The Loss Prevention Manager in the Philadelphia region came into the store to "convince" my 16 year old son that he's been stealing approx. $20 worth of stuff and that they have been investigating him for a while now. She made him sign a confession sheet. He couldn't deny these accusations because she said they have evidence that proves he did it.
They made me come in and sign this too... I suppose because he's a minor. I did, fully believing my son was guilty at the time considering the "evidence" they said they have. When I asked to see it however, she said she wasn't allowed to show me.
After talking to my son and giving him every opportunity to "come clean" on this, he still asserts his innocence. After talking to numerous people at all different levels of the company from Loss Prevention to Human Resources, I finally got the LP Director to admit there is in fact no "evidence". They also couldn't come up with an accounting of what made up the $20 they said he stole. Another strange thing... the day this firing took place, the regular store manager left early and there was only a mgr trainee there which I believe is against their policy.
My son got along well with the store mgr which might explain why he wasn't in the building when this took place. I've been trying to get real answers for weeks now as to why this happened, and why to my son, a 16 yr old part-time employee. When he's tried to talk to other people who work there about this, they've said they can't talk about or they'll be fired.
I'm pretty sure I'm not ever going to get any answers from them and I'm also not sure if I can take any legal action against them. I know they don't have to have a reason to fire but are they allowed to blatantly lie to my son and me to get us to sign a document of theirs? My wife and I feel we have no real recourse. Any suggestions?
So many of you wishy washy people make me laugh when I read all these complaints. Let me help you understand how things work in retail. I used to work for the call center at one of America's biggest retailers (who will remain nameless) when I was in college, so I've heard every single complaint in the book a hundred times over. Trust me, there is NOTHING I haven't heard already.
First off, if you think your opinion counts for anything, THINK AGAIN. I was an 18 year old kid when I had the call center job and if memory serves me I made $12.50/hour. So when all the company's "valued" customers called "Corporate", you weren't talking to anyone with any influence in the company. You were talking to a young 18 year old boy who couldn't care less about you and your family and whether or not you ever came back to shop with us ever again.
Me and all my call center friends listened to the same complaints day after day, then we would apologize profusely, maybe send you a gift card if you were nice, and after we hung up we rolled our eyes and took the next call. We listened how long the lines were, how the cashier was rude to you, how the restrooms were filthy, how the prices were outrageous, why our return policy sucked, how nobody said hi to you when you walked in the door, how nobody told you to have a nice day, how there wasn't enough handicap parking, how your car got dented in the parking lot by a shopping cart and how you were going to take your business to my competitor.
It really was so repetitive that we became desensitised to it after some time. I can remember days when I wasn't in a people mood and I would just let you stay on hold for ten minutes even though I wasn't talking to anyone else, just because it would irritate you more. Of course, this job had an insane turnover ratio because most people can only tolerate being screamed at for so long, but I was able to stick with it because the money was pretty good for a college kid who needed to pass the time in between the weekends.
So in the end guys and girls, complaining may make you feel better, but it really doesn't accomplish much else. Any retail corporation (and any corporation in general) gets thousands of complaints each week from its clientele and very little changes ever take place. At the end of the day, if you don't like the way the establishment does business, don't give them yours. And please be advised that I was NEVER a disgruntled employee and I have no grudges against anyone then or now. I was just pointing out reality.
MAMARONECK, NEW YORK -- I've been a CVS customer for years!... I am well educated and finishing up a medical program. I was approached by a friend asking me if I would be able to work for CVS, because this specific store was short handed. I agreed, and I worked for CVS for over a year. Before I applied for the job, I actually took a course in pharmacy and even got certified as a technician. All of this while I went to school also.
First of all let me say that I feel for the customers of CVS. I know that the technicians and other employees could be rude. I've seen it with my own eyes. I have never once given a customer an attitude. I always went out of my way to always help everyone that I could. I worked for this company for over a year and I never received any sort of complaint on my behalf.
But working for this company was a nightmare. Management was horrible, they didn't even know how to do their jobs right. The store manager spent more time socializing with his employees then actually doing his job. Half the people that work in that store are illegal and working under false or stolen identities and social security numbers.
When I brought up some of these issues with the district manager and corporate, they gave me an attitude and was very rude to me. A few months later the same district manager came to my store and asked to talk to me. He told me that he no longer has a position for me to work in a pharmacy in our district, but has a position for me to work in another store as a cashier. I walked out right then and there and quit.
What I don't understand is that he told me that I wasn't qualified to work in the pharmacy when I'm nationally certified and more educated then anyone else in that store, yet people who don't even know how to read a script or use a computer are still employed there!
I rather be homeless and starving then work again for such a corrupt company like this. My family, friends and myself will never ever shop at CVS again! CVS doesn't care about their customers, all they care about is the money. Next time any of you decide to fill a prescription or even buy toothpaste from a CVS remember this, they don't see you as a human being they see you as a $$$$.
WOONSOCKET, RHODE ISLAND -- My friend has been a very recent victim of CVS Caremark's wrongful termination of employees. He was accused of stealing "many things" and the "Loss Prevention Department" of CVS Caremark had sufficient "evidence" to prove that. They even made him sign some agreement to confess of his guilt. My friend had tried to ask whether or not he can be given a day or two to consult with an attorney first before he signs/confesses to anything, and they simply said NO. My friend is young and was so scared and under great pressure when he signed this document.
He has honestly not stolen anything but a piece of candy that he was NOT aware of a price tag ON it. Sometimes CVS offers free candies to customers during holidays, and he had just thought it's one of those. Then a guy from the "Loss Prevention Department" of CVS Caremark spoke to him many, many weeks after and suspended him the same day they talked (AFTER his shift was over). Sources say he's basically fired.
One of my good friends who is a supervisor at a CVS photo lab told me that this isn't the first time she's heard someone get fired over such a minimal matter. CVS apparently is trying to cut budget and is singling out innocent employees to terminate. If it was someone else on my friend's shift that day, then he/she would've been the victim. I am very positive that employees of the corporation or any retail stores, for that matter, had one way or another "stolen" something. And to single out my friend to terminate is just completely immoral.
CVS does this because they're big and they know they can get away with it. Oh, so the numbers of this specific store isn't doing too well? Okay, we'll just pick and choose a few people to fire so we can balance out the financials. It's just disgusting and sickening. As I've mentioned earlier, this is NOT the first time it's happened. CVS has had a record of bad reputation especially in my friend's district.