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IamA Walgreens "photo specialist", and I've seen some s***... AMA

Sep 3rd 2014 by MisterWalgreens • 40 Questions • 2693 Points

proof: http://imgur.com/4rtT6eI

I've been working for the company since February of 2010, 3 stores total. I've witnessed things from totally nude photos coming it to people aged 6 to 70 popping on the floors..

I've since worked up to "photo specialist" from my original position as store clerk and am willing to answer your questions. I've rung up lots of odd people and had conversations with some of the higher ups of Walgreens. I've got lots to tell, so ask me anything!

Edit: WOW. This AMA blew up bigger than I could have ever imagined. Front Page, 2600 karma, and I was gifted with gold in 3 different comments. Can someone take some screen shots of the front page for the memories?

Thanks strangers. Reddit is awesome. If any other questions are posted, I'll get back to them as soon as I can.

Also, in the interest of saving face, I'd like to add that I do not represent Walgreens and the statements and opinions posted belong to me. Not the company.

Q:

Have you ever seen photos of people you know nude?

A:

This one pic of my Aunt Cassie spread eagle, but that's none of my business tho.


Q:

What are you supposed to do if you develop pictures that have illegal or questionable content?

A:

If we see anything fucked up (kiddie porn, uncompromising situations), we're supposed to make copies and put them in an envelope to be sent to either claims or the corporate office. Calling the police would make more sense IMO but Walgreens isn't exactly known for critical thinking.


Q:

I was in the same position at Walgreens. At our store we made 4 copies. One for the safe, one for local law enforcement, one for FBI/State BI, and let the customer take the original set home to prove intent. Had to do it twice when I worked there, in less than a year.

A:

Holy shit. So how'd that turn out?


Q:

That's a weird policy. Would you follow that or would you call the cops, especially if it were a minor or something just awful?

A:

We do have to tell our managers before shipping the copies out, but if I see something like that, I'd definitely call the cops. There's a station less than a mile away with cops not really having much to do, so I doubt I'd be inconveniencing them much. If at all.


Q:

If the "On the Corner of Happy and Healthy" is the address of Walgreens, wouldn't it also be the address for CVS since they are right across the fucking street from each other?

A:

Yes.


Q:

We took a prank photo of one of my friends, passed out drunk, with a hot dog poking out of his shorts. Why did Walgreens photoshop the hot dog out of the picture?

A:

Photos sent in via smartphone or tablet tend to auto-crop for whatever reason, iPhone and Samsung particularly. I think it's a glitch in the system. That could be the reason. We don't have the tools to Photoshop anything in my store, so either the picture came in disoriented or auto-cropped, or you just got unlucky and had someone without a sense of humor work on your photos.


Q:

You don't? We had this shitty old crt monitor'd computer from the 90s that had a rudimentary photo editing software on it that we used to whiten up the passport photos. This was like 4 or 5 years ago.

A:

We can whiten passport backgrounds and such, but not much more than that. I guess I was thinking of the more advanced Photoshop features.


Q:

whiten your passport background

So you can change names from Ahmed Muhammad to Bob Smith?

Edit: Whoa my first gold! Thank you!

A:

I'm gonna try that next time I get a passport order :D


Q:

Whats the weirdest thing you ever saw while developing photos?

A:

This middle aged blonde woman taking a piss near a highway while smiling as cars passed by. One of the few times I literally said "what the fuck" out loud.


Q:

What are the other times where you've said "what the fuck" out loud?

A:

S&M bandage with a fat woman and some skinny dude.

Girl who had a 200+ order with the same selfie (I have a feeling that was sent in by mistake)

4 girls standing topless outside of a forest making these weird "earthly" poses. I think they were hippie chicks but that particularly was strange. They gave me the death stare when picking them up too. Crazy bitches.


A:

Strangely they haven't come back since


Q:

Is there no policy about nude pictures?

A:

If there is I have completely ignored them.


A:

About 1/9 as attractive with 1/3 bust


Q:

Bandaged fat woman and skinny dude? At the same time?

A:

shivers


Q:

Have you thought of quitting your job because of the horrible things you've seen?

A:

Every day since I started.


Q:

Most like your life: 8mm or One Hour Photo?

A:

Never saw 8mm. I heard it was amazing.


Q:

Meet any famous people at your job?

A:

When working a night shift a few years back, Dennis Rodman came into my store at maybe 3:30 going to purchase beer, but unfortunately my manager told him that we couldn't sell after midnight. He was really cool about it saying "oh ok, thanks." He then proceeded to purchase a couple of Hallmark cards and some "Blender's Gold" cigars. I told him I loved him in Double Team and he seemed pretty excited to hear me say that. He came in with his agent or manager and was just an awesome f*cking guy. Chatted with me for about ten minutes and paid in all one dollar bills. I got to take a picture with him and he went on his way. Friendly guy.

A couple coworkers of mine in the past have rung up people like The Big Show, Rocky Wirtz, and Johnny Galecki back in his "Roseanne" days. Would've loved to have met them.


Q:

Did the person that printed the picture take a picture of it or keep a copy of it for himself?

A:

I kept a copy in the break room for all to see.


Q:

One of my exes works as a photo specialist. Are you my ex?

A:

Depends. Is your name Rose?


Q:

people aged 6 to 70 popping on the floors

How is it that you remain so calm despite having seen people of all ages exploding in your store?

A:

Gold with 2 points? On my ama?

See what I did there? Nothing surprises me!


Q:

Have you ever seen anything that was worrying, or that you had to report?

A:

The most messed up things I've seen were crime scene photos. Not as bad as what you see here on /r/wtf but they can get pretty grisly.


Q:

Have you ever had to report pictures to the police?

Do you have many regular customers that still use film?

Funniest picture you've ever developed?

A:

Thankfully no pics worth getting the police involved about.

Oh god yes. Older customers love the film machine, as we're one of the few around our city that still does it. You get a lot of rolls from the 80s and 90s that are simply completely worn out, so some people get annoyed, not much I can do sadly. Also those waterproof cameras come in like clockwork from the younger crowd, mostly tweens. Film is a pain in the ass to process though. Worse when a customer brings in 2 dozen rolls and expects them to be completed within the hour. Some people can be real assholes.

Funniest pic? Hmm. Probably a pic where someone snapped a little boy right as he faceplants on the floor. Very random but I did laugh.


Q:

Back in my day we could do 80 rolls an hour. What equipment you flying, Fuji Frontier?

A:

Fuji something.


Q:

How often do you change out the chemicals in the developer?

A:

For film: A couple times a month. Paper, every 2-3 days


Q:

What machine was it? We changed the fuji350 about every 3 months.. if that

A:

I think it's a 400. It's a piece of shit and the paper holder has been broken for a month.


Q:

Noritsu is horrible about coming out and repairing systems. The horror stories I've gotten from stores that we've taken over for... damn.

A:

The Fujifilm and Noritsu alliance was the beginning of this shitty quality standard currently set in my lab, and clearly, thousands of others.


Q:

Eric is that you? Get back to work.

A:

Sorry boss


Q:

I tried to make a copy of my kid's school pictures but they clerk wouldn't let me keep them because they are copyrighted. What would have happened if I threw the money down, grabbed them, and took off?

A:

Depends on the person working that day. One person could just cancel the order and let it be while another one becomes Batman and runs after the guy getting his license plate or whatever and watching the videos. Most likely it would just be canceled.


Q:

Why are walgreens photos so poorly printed?

A:

Their hardware is outdated with limited controls. Blame the shareholders.


Q:

Do you ever see people on the street and realize you recognize them from their Walgreens photos?

A:

Not from photos, just customers alike. And they're never the ones I actually enjoy talking to either.


Q:

Have you seen people take a shit in the hallmark aisle? I saw that happen at CVS. I was a photo tech at the time.

A:

Cosmetics aisle, bathroom floor (all the time), and near the cooler.


Q:

any photos you wish you'd taken?

A:

I mean now and then you do get some extremely interesting ones, like photos of the Taj Mahal or Eiffel Tower, and once in a blue moon I get photos of some unbelievable looking girls, but very few would I actually bother checking out again. The majority of them are babies birthday parties or old folks having breakfast.


Q:

I have about 5 rolls of undeveloped film from when I was stationed in Egypt (and used to hang out at the pyramids every weekend) like 15 years ago. I should really think about getting those developed at some point.

Does film ever "go bad?"

A:

If it was taken in Egypt 15 years ago and have yet to be developed, they likely went bad.

Bring it to a location that does film. They can process it anyway and if you're lucky maybe some prints can be saved!


Q:

Awww, that makes me sad. :(

A:

Just don't wait another 15 years bro


Q:

I read that as both your title and proof as potato specialist somehow and got really confused.

Anyhow my question is do you prefer jacket potatoes or mashed?

A:

Lol

Jacket potato. Yeah that's the ticket.


Q:

Is that like a... baked potato?

A:

I literally had to Google "jacket potato" to find out wtf that guy was talking about.


Q:

Are you related to the original Walgreens, or is it just a coincidence that's your last name too? Thanks for the time Mr. Walgreens.

A:

If I was related to him I would be on my private jet banging hot chicks 3x a night, not doing an ama on the crazy shit I deal with every day!


Q:

Any chance you can talk to the right people to get the sign on the condom aisle changed from "Family Planning" to "Anti-Family Planning"?

A:

I'll do what I can, but remember you're talking to someone who works for a company whose slogan is "Be Well, Be Healthy", while at the same time having a layout where cigarettes are the first thing you see and make a substantial amount of the business.


Q:

And that's why CVS is no longer selling cigarettes. Or something.

A:

I heard about that. At least they're not being hypocritical with their stance!


Q:

Boobs?

A:

Oh yes please!