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It's for your own protection.

They ask you your name and date of your birth.

The CVS pharmacy is a good example of "It's for your own protection."

I took my wife's CVS card into the store to pick up her Thyroid medications. This was a simple matter to deal with. I stand in line a few minutes to half an hour, wait to be called to the register, then provide the CVS card then tell them who I am picking up medicine for, right? Sounds pretty simple.

"Can I have the Full Name and Date of Birth?"

Now, of course I know this is the thing they ask everyone who is there to pick up their own or some other family member's medicine, so I give them the name of my wife and her birth date.

But, after the lady returns to the counter with the medicine, she asked me to repeat my wife's name and repeat her birth date. This is beginning to annoy me. So I repeat and add, "The last name begins with a CAPITAL LETTER.

I was being sarcastic but it makes me a bit irritated. I wonder if everyone understands that the reason they are doing this is actually because, They don't trust anyone to actually pick up their own medicine and that all people are crooks and dishonest and that if they give the medicine to the wrong person for any reason they might get sued. WRONG! It's for your own protection.

According to the following article, it is:

So, what other types of issues do I feel are a bit irritating but done so not intentionally to make me mad or upset but are doing it for my own protection?

Packaged consumables, which includes food, beverages, over the counter drugs, non-food items, and other things. There are certain strictly enforced rules or laws that make packaged items not only nearly impossible for you to open but packaged with your health and safety in mind!

Below is an article link to further explain the reasons behind packaging:

As far as just making food and drink safe for the consumer:

So when you think about it, we are all, as consumers of both prescription medicines, food and drink and all other commodities on the market, being protected from harm to ourselves, to the things we spend our money on in our daily lives and the simple thing of being asked for our birth date and name is only because there are laws and rules that have to be enforced. Taking things from this point of view is the best way. I no longer get angry about packages that are nearly impossible to open without a blow torch and when they ask me my date of birth, I tell them quietly so that all the rest who are standing behind me in line can't hear me that well. lol

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Kasman wrote on June 4, 2016, 1:28 PM

Annoying but necessary provided this sort of scrutiny of our private information isn't taken too far - you'd be surprised how much Google, Twitter and Facebook know about their users!

lookatdesktop wrote on June 4, 2016, 6:56 PM

And I know so little about any of them. lol

MegL wrote on June 5, 2016, 12:36 PM

The packaging that causes me the greatest problem is the cap that comes on disinfectant and bleach. It's supposedly child proof but it's "me" proof too. I know it's for child safety but I keep things like that up high, away from any possibility of children getting hold of them.

msiduri wrote on June 9, 2016, 10:15 AM

In all honesty, you do not have to give the year of the date of birth. It's enough to say, for example, "June 9th." Full name, yes, but date of birth, no. They do have to have it on record for insurance and whatnot, but for matching you with the script when you pick up, no.

Last Edited: June 9, 2016, 10:17 AM

lookatdesktop wrote on June 9, 2016, 6:33 PM

I just hate having to say it to them every single time. I feel like just asking them to tell me when their birthday is so I can send them a card? lol GMAB.