Boy Do You Deserve A Good Slap

I just came back from the drugstore.  Not just any drugstore mind you, but the Cartier of druggists…Zitomer’s of Madison Avenue.

I’ve had a charge there for over twenty-five years establishing credit rivaling an Astor, who I hear didn’t always pay their bills on time.

Why there and not a more economical pharmacy like CVS or Walgreens?

Convenience.  There was a time money was no object to this thin girl, so what if everything was ten times the price….big deal.

It’s also across from the Carlyle, so need I say more?

When I ventured in to actually return something Bed Bath and Beyond had for a third of the price, I was wearing my new Joe Fresh 16 dollar canvass slip-ons not realizing I was bleeding through my beige heel as I tooled down Mad.

I immediately went to the pharmacy to ask for a Band-Aid since now I was also in pain the skin ripping right off like a seared chicken leg.  The young man behind the counter I’ve dealt with a thousand times asked, “Is is it a blister…a cut?”

“I’m wearing new shoes and they’re cutting across the heel.”

He comes back with a variety of Band-Aids starting at 10 bucks.

“Excuse me, but I was hoping you’d have one to give me, like if you got cut.”

Well, if looks could kill from this snarky little shit, I would have to have my foot amputated.

“So if you have an accident of any kind, what do you do?  Is there no first aid kit?”

“No, I’d have to buy what I need, same as you.”

Breathe Susannah, breathe.  He was clearly raised by wolves then rented out to coyotes. Do not take his rudeness and lack of courtesy personally.

Yeah well, that looks great on paper.

“You know, you’re a little shit who should be ashamed of himself,” I said, before turning on my bleeding heel.  “Haven’t you ever heard of helping someone in need?”

He sneered then walked away.

As I was leaving the woman manning the candy counter I frequent quite often said, “Oh, Miss, did you know you are bleeding?”

“Yes, as a matter of fact I do.”

“Wait, I have Band-aid in purse.”

See, she was raised by angels.



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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26 Responses to Boy Do You Deserve A Good Slap

  1. micklively says:

    New shoes: you lucky girl. Nobody makes anything that fits me (except horrible Velcro fastening things, that I wouldn’t be seen dead in).
    Best to wear anything new around the house for a week or so until you break them in.
    “raised by wolves then rented out to coyotes” had me giggling but I think coyotes have better manners.


  2. That mentality gets to me more than anything these days. A band-aide for god sakes that cost him about -.1 cent! Sadly this behavior is becoming the norm anymore. I recently ran into 2 elderly people who were in the wrong office building for an appointment so I gave them directions and called the other office to let them know they would be a few minutes late. Literally all of 5 minutes. The reaction from the couple really got me. They were in disbelief that anyone would help. They were just frozen. That ate at me the rest of the day. I’m glad you found an angel with a band-aide!!!


  3. skinnyuz2b says:

    Ouch! I, too, have suffered from the bleeding heel of new shoes!
    I always carry a few Band-aids and extra wet-wipes (from restaurants) for emergencies. Can’t begin to tell you how often I hand them out. Once, at our county fair, I saw a little kid throw up after exiting a ride. I handed the Mom all but one of my tissues and my two wet-wipe packets. She almost kissed my feet!


  4. I thought all places carried a first aid kit. It’s required to have an eye wash station if there are chemicals. (It’s a drugstore, of course there are chemicals!) Me things a letter to the head honcho is in order. Not worth paying extra if you’re not getting extra.


  5. Ah, it was probably only an artery, Susannah. That coyote behind the counter likely thought it was nothing for you to howl about. 😀


  6. Lynn says:

    Payback is a bitch. Some day this asshole will find himself in need of something as simple as a bandaid. Trust me, he will think of this moment!


  7. Patricia says:

    I would have asked to see the manager. I would write a letter to their main office. There is no excuse this kind of behavior. In the letter I would also mention the kindness of the angel.

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  8. Most clerk, especially those who sell high end merchandise are not likely to help someone in need. I know that last night i was feeling horrible. the man in front of me was going to skip buying something he loved to eat because he was short on change. I took care of than and made his day. Helped mine, too, really.

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