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Old 09-04-2010, 08:29 AM
 
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I was in Walgreens the other day and after getting to the pharmacy counter, upon picking up a prescription, I was asked, first, "Do you want a flu shot"? I really thought this was a bit much.
There's a big cardboard sign in front of the store, posters on the front door,a posters on the wall, and then at the pharmacy, another sign and then being asked.
Is Walgreens stooping to an all time low? I don't want to be annoyed or harassed when I go in to pick up a prescription. If I want a flu shot there, I'll ask for it, but to have a sales pitch every time you enter the store...
What do others think about a drug store trying to recruit "patients"?
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Old 09-04-2010, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default Why is that a problem?

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I was in Walgreens the other day and after getting to the pharmacy counter, upon picking up a prescription, I was asked, first, "Do you want a flu shot"? I really thought this was a bit much.
There's a big cardboard sign in front of the store, posters on the front door,a posters on the wall, and then at the pharmacy, another sign and then being asked.
Is Walgreens stooping to an all time low? I don't want to be annoyed or harassed when I go in to pick up a prescription. If I want a flu shot there, I'll ask for it, but to have a sales pitch every time you enter the store...
What do others think about a drug store trying to recruit "patients"?
We are surrounded by advertising in every aspect of our lives, so this is no big deal. All businesses are trying to increase their sales. How much trouble is it to say, "No thanks"? I can't believe you bother to complain about this with all that is objectionable and problematic about our society.
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Old 09-04-2010, 09:28 AM
 
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Unless there are very extenuating circumstances, I don't think anyone should get a flu shot. I won't, and no one in my family will either.
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Old 09-04-2010, 10:51 AM
 
Location: In the real world!
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I welcome any chance to voice my opinion on those things! By the second time I did that, they would not ask me anymore!
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Old 09-04-2010, 11:14 AM
 
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We are surrounded by advertising in every aspect of our lives, so this is no big deal. All businesses are trying to increase their sales. How much trouble is it to say, "No thanks"? I can't believe you bother to complain about this with all that is objectionable and problematic about our society.
The larger issue here is not about saying, "No thanks." Of course, one can say no thanks, but why is a drug store harassing its' customers?
If I walk into Staples tomorrow, I doubt they'll ask me when I walk in, "Do you wanna buy some printing paper, pens, magic markers?"
Or, at Fry's, "Do you wanna buy some kumquats, frozen pies, lactose-free milk?"
But, why are you responding to something that represents such a small, non- issue to yourself?
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Old 09-04-2010, 11:51 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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If more people don't start speaking up it's only going to get worse. Telling the store personnel won't work either, voice your opinion where it counts by dialing the 1-800 company number or by filling out one of their online surveys.
A simple no thank you doesn't work, the folks in corporate la la land simply assume the store isn't pushing the product hard enough. The only message they understand is an actual complaint about the stupid up selling tactics the stores are forced to use.
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Old 09-04-2010, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Unless there are very extenuating circumstances, I don't think anyone should get a flu shot. I won't, and no one in my family will either.
And why do you think that? It is very irrational.
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Old 09-04-2010, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Ayrsley
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I was in Walgreens the other day and after getting to the pharmacy counter, upon picking up a prescription, I was asked, first, "Do you want a flu shot"? I really thought this was a bit much.
There's a big cardboard sign in front of the store, posters on the front door,a posters on the wall, and then at the pharmacy, another sign and then being asked.
Is Walgreens stooping to an all time low? I don't want to be annoyed or harassed when I go in to pick up a prescription. If I want a flu shot there, I'll ask for it, but to have a sales pitch every time you enter the store...
What do others think about a drug store trying to recruit "patients"?
I fail to see the "harassment" factor. They ask you a question, you say "no thanks" and then go about your business. If you go out for a meal, finish eating and the waitress asks if you are interested in dessert, do you find that to be harrassing as well? That, if you wanted dessert you would have asked for it?

Never mind the fact that it is a bit early to be thinking about Flu shots anyways.
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Old 09-05-2010, 04:54 AM
 
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I am ask all the time if I am interested in a certain promotional item. No problem. JUST SAY NO!
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Old 09-05-2010, 05:41 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I was in Walgreens the other day and after getting to the pharmacy counter, upon picking up a prescription, I was asked, first, "Do you want a flu shot"? I really thought this was a bit much.
There's a big cardboard sign in front of the store, posters on the front door,a posters on the wall, and then at the pharmacy, another sign and then being asked.
Is Walgreens stooping to an all time low? I don't want to be annoyed or harassed when I go in to pick up a prescription. If I want a flu shot there, I'll ask for it, but to have a sales pitch every time you enter the store...
What do others think about a drug store trying to recruit "patients"?
Sorry you felt harassed. I will be going there Wednesday & will see if my local store is promoting them.

Walgreens has walk in clinics; I think they are using the flu shots to let people know there is a walk in clinic.
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