Re: Feel Like a Criminal
I am so sorry that someone made you feel like that and everything that followed. I had an experience like that recently, and felt it was very important to let someone know. I've worked in retail and the service industry since I could work and that is no way to treat someone, no matter their "opinion".
First off, I was completely humiliated, so I'm sure you were at least uncomfortable. When I get upset like that, I find it hard to complete my thoughts like I ought to and can come across as rather blunt because I'm embarrassed...and my ADD doesn't help with stringing complete thoughts together and verbalizing them anyway. So what I did (and this is probably the second time I've ever complained to someone's boss) is I left. I was embarrassed and angry. When I got home, I compiled my thoughts into a concise memo format and printed out a few copies. I composed myself and went back to the pharmacy. I asked for the pharmacist and the manager on duty. I explained what happened in the short and sweet version and told them that all the details of the "encounter" were in the memo. They apologized, blah, blah, blah. The point is...I was able to capture all the details and them have a copy in case it came up again, I'd be able to refer back.
Bottom line, the tech or cashier, whomever it was, should have discussed your situation with you in a quieter, more respectful manner. As far as the guy following you out to your car...I would have either given him an opinion of my own or called the police.
Hope this makes some sort of sense and you can get it resolved. We have to fight enough just dealing with the disorder on it's own...and then constantly fight the stigma that others could never understand.
Best of luck!