LAST NIGHT AT THE WALGREENS OVER ON SHERIDAN STREET IN CODY..............by Bob Smith 
Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 08:15 AM
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Editor's Note: Bob Smith is a retired South Florida lawyer who writes for the blog from his cabin in Northern Wyoming.

Last night, I found myself in Cody, needing to get a prescription filled. So, I headed over to the Walgreens. Though they don't have a Walgreens on every street corner here like they do in South Florida, they do have one or two. I stood in the pharmacy line.

There was a young man in front of me. He was thin. He was wearing sneakers (I think they call them "running shoes" now) and blue jeans and a black shirt along with a black baseball cap. His hips were pushed up against the counter and he leaned over at the pharmacist as she worked on the computer trying to get his insurance card to work.

He fidgeted uncontrollably...scratching the back of his right calf with his left foot, then scratching the opposite way, then poking one foot at the floor, then the other foot, and moving his shoulder right and left and back again. He spoke in a loud voice "I got my last prescription here and the card worked then." He paused, "Well, no...actually, I got my last prescription at Wynn Dixie and the insurance card worked there." "I can't understand why it isn't working." Then, "Oh, can I keep the savings card you gave me?" "Great, it is like I help you and then you help me."

His phone rang. "Hey bro.", he said in his loud voice. "No, I'm over here at Walgreens picking up my Zanax prescription. I gotta go, I've got another call coming in. I'll call you when I get close to your house."

Finally, he was convinced that his insurance card wasn't going to work like it had at Winn Dixie and he paid cash for the Zanax. Before he left, he said to the pharmacist "Do you have oxycotin here?" She said "No." (By which she meant...she told me later... "Not for you.")

I don't have any objection to Walgreens selling prescription drugs to someone who obviously had a drug problem and who was likely on his way to sell drugs to his "Bro". ("I'll call you when I get close to your house."??) But, on the other hand, the guy probably doctor shopped to get the prescription and he was about to traffic in narcotics (which has got something like a 25 year mandatory minimum prison sentence attached to it). So, you would think he would...at least...keep a low profile during his visit to Walgreens and not act stupid in front of the pharmacist and me.

And, I am thinking that this may somehow relate to an article I read in the New Yorker magazine over the weekend. Here is my synopsis:

South African psychiatrist lies about his qualifications and get appointed the head of the Psychological Medicine Department at a New Zealand medical school. Previous to moving to New Zealand...and, later, while he is there...he lies about all kinds of things ("My paper is late because my wife is dying of cancer."); conducts web searches on how to poison someone and not get caught; tells a room full of people that his wife is in a coma months before........he shoots her full of insulin and actually does put her in a coma.

Eventually...after making comments that amounted to the police in New Zealand being particularly stupid....he gets arrested and then convicted of his wife's murder.

When the New Yorker's writer contacts the sociopathic psychiatrist in prison and asks for an interview, the response is, more or less "You normal people don't understand the pain we sociopaths are in."

Anyway, I digress........the point of the article was that sociopaths tend to think the rest of us...including the cops..are stupid. They believe, for example, that nobody will notice the lies, that they will be able to explain away their internet searches about ways to kill people after they actually kill someone, that no matter what they do-the rest of us are too stupid to figure it out.

And I think this explains the guy at Walgreens. I am not saying that he is a killer-sociopath. But, on the other hand, if he doesn't realize that being out in public buying drugs while acting like a druggie will sooner or later get him arrested......then he is like a lot of people I know who are sitting in jail who didn't think so either.

And, I am not saying that they should be sitting in jail (or washing Sheriff's cars out behind the Drug Farm...remember, Sigmund Freud was a cocaine addict and he still managed to find a good job). But, for some reason I don't fully undersand, they don't let me write the laws.

Yet.

Editor's Note: Bob Smith's views on drugs were formed by an interview he heard years ago on National Public Radio. The interviewee, a law-and-order conservative type said, more or less: "Let's legalize drugs...but when someone dies of a drug overdose, we'll take the body and leave it in the street for a few weeks. Then we'll see who is still interested in doing drugs." Bob believes that if we took all of the police who were doing anti-drug work and set them to making sure that bombs were not on airplanes and guns weren't going to Mexico and kid street gangs were not terrorizing our neighborhoods, the world might be a better place.

........oh, by the way, let's lower taxes and make government smaller....................Bob Smith

.......a lot smaller..

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