I am filled with a beautiful, white hot flame of unspeakable rage right now at the nanny state. As my friends on Facebook know, I currently have a headcold. It’s rather annoying, because normally I just pop down a few Advil Cold and Sinus and I’m good to go. This bad boy required abnormal amounts of pseudophedrine to provide relief, so I burned through my supply a little faster than usual.
Today, I went to a local pharma to get more. My purchase was declined, because apparently when they ran my license they saw I just bought some cold pills on Tuesday…because that’s when I got sick. The girl behind the counter said, “You can’t buy this, you just bought some on Tuesday and you’re over your limit for the week.”
I kid you not, for like 30 seconds I couldn’t even see I was so angry. I was opposed to the stupid “anti-methlab law” to begin with back when they first passed it, and I had no idea that they now tracked your purchases with your driver’s license. I seriously almost lost my mind. However, here’s the best part – the actual conversation with the counter girl:
Counter Girl: “I’m sorry sir, you can’t buy this. You just bought some this week and you’re over your limit.”
Me: “Yes, well I’m still sick.”
CG: “Well, we can’t sell it to you in case you’re cooking meth.”
CG: “If you have someone else in your house, they can buy it for you!”
Me: “So I can have someone buy me something that you won’t sell me, effectively skirting the law?”
CG: “Uh…well…that’s not what I meant…”
Me: shakes head
So now I have to ask my wife to do what amounts to a straw purchase of Sudafed 12 hour for me.
And yet despite all these laws, people are still cooking meth! So clearly, making me suffer with congestion is OBVIOUSLY worth it, right? Stupid nanny state.