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CVS pharmacy counter closed for midday lunch break
« on: May 12, 2022, 10:08:14 PM »
Get this, effective 2/11, many (or is it every?) CVSís pharmacy counter is closed for 30 minutes in middle of the day, to offer the employees a lunch break.

I stopped by CVS the other day and got on line for the pharmacy at 1:25pm, waited 5 minutes, and then they just told everyone waiting to come back after 2pm because theyíre closing for lunch. They pointed to this sign:



Then they closed the counter:



Iím all for people having lunch breaks, but something about this felt so in-American. I felt like I was back in Italy where midday siesta is a thing.
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Re: CVS pharmacy counter closed for midday lunch break
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2022, 10:10:39 PM »
Costco Pharmacy does this.

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Re: CVS pharmacy counter closed for midday lunch break
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2022, 10:15:14 PM »
Costco Pharmacy does this.

When I googled for this story I found that a lot of places (e.g. Walmart?) do, because the rest of the pharmacy canít keep working while the single on-site licensed pharmacist is on lunch break.

But itís new to me, and it feels weird. Also the way it went down was odd, canít they service customers who were waiting on line, or at tell people waiting that theyíll be closing and it isnít worth waiting?
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Re: CVS pharmacy counter closed for midday lunch break
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2022, 10:23:37 PM »
canít they service customers who were waiting on line
that could take the whole 30 minutes!
tell people waiting that theyíll be closing and it isnít worth waiting?
they definitely should. Maybe they assume that everyone saw the sign? I saw it on the entrance door at a CVS a few weeks ago.
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Re: CVS pharmacy counter closed for midday lunch break
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2022, 10:34:12 PM »
that could take the whole 30 minutes!

At least serve the people whose scripts are ready?

What were they doing before? My guess is the pharmacist ate lunch while working, and this is just an opportunity for them to save money by not paying workers for their lunch breaks.
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Re: CVS pharmacy counter closed for midday lunch break
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2022, 10:35:31 PM »
CVS is SLOW

IIRC what I read was that it was due to staffing shortage. Maybe they used to have more pharmacists so there was always someone around when the other(s) were out to lunch?
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Re: CVS pharmacy counter closed for midday lunch break
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2022, 07:24:45 AM »
CVS is SLOW

IIRC what I read was that it was due to staffing shortage. Maybe they used to have more pharmacists so there was always someone around when the other(s) were out to lunch?

Thatís what I was thinking. But itís likely a money thing, and itís cheaper to inconvenience customers than have to hire more pharmacists.
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Re: CVS pharmacy counter closed for midday lunch break
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2022, 08:16:18 AM »
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