Sep 3rd 2014 by MisterWalgreens • 40 Questions • 2693 Points
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.
This one pic of my Aunt Cassie spread eagle, but that's none of my business tho.
What are you supposed to do if you develop pictures that have illegal or questionable content?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
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.
Whats the weirdest thing you ever saw while developing photos?
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.
They know you know now
Strangely they haven't come back since
About 1/9 as attractive with 1/3 bust
Have you thought of quitting your job because of the horrible things you've seen?
Every day since I started.
Never saw 8mm. I heard it was amazing.
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.
Did the person that printed the picture take a picture of it or keep a copy of it for himself?
I kept a copy in the break room for all to see.
Depends. Is your name Rose?
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?
Gold with 2 points? On my ama?
See what I did there? Nothing surprises me!
Have you ever seen anything that was worrying, or that you had to report?
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.
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?
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.
For film: A couple times a month. Paper, every 2-3 days
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?
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.
Their hardware is outdated with limited controls. Blame the shareholders.
Do you ever see people on the street and realize you recognize them from their Walgreens photos?
Not from photos, just customers alike. And they're never the ones I actually enjoy talking to either.
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.
Cosmetics aisle, bathroom floor (all the time), and near the cooler.
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.
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?
Jacket potato. Yeah that's the ticket.
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.
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!
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"?
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.