December 30, 2023 at 5:51 pm

Drug Store Boss Demands A Doctor’s Note If Employee Wants To Drink Water On The Job, So The Doctor Crafts The Most Epic Note Ever

by Matthew Gilligan

Source: Reddit/AITA/Unsplash/@tbelabuseridze

Are malicious compliance stories the best, or what?

You bet they are!

And the one you’re about to read will satisfy your soul and put a big smile on your face.

The person who wrote it was working at a drug store at the time…

How a local doctor got the best malicious compliance against my boss.

“Somewhere around 2007 I was working as a drug store manager.

Running the entire front store and the pharmacy, pay was excellent for someone who was in their early to mid 20s but the job was also soul crushing in some stupid ways.

A new rule was implemented.

A rule came down that cashiers can no longer have drinks at the register. They can drink on their lunch breaks and otherwise shouldn’t need water.

At the same time they dialed back the A/C so the store was constantly uncomfortably warm but not technically dangerous.

I had some of the best staff, one lady was roughly 65 and came to me to let me know she was on medicine that gave her dry mouth so she needed me to know if I took her water away she would really have a hard time being able to talk to customers.

She almost developed a lisp when she couldn’t have her water.

I told her no worries have your water I’ll deal with my boss when he sees you someday.

It was time to have a talk with the boss.

Because he was running 40 stores and mine was generally not a problem store, he only came by every 60 days or so.

Eventually he does swing in and asks her about her water. She says I have a medical condition and I told her it was fine. I also told him I had approved the water.

He pulls me into the office to let me know that for her to have that water she needs a doctors note. If he sees her with it again without a note we both get written warnings. He explains this is because not following the company rule can’t be a decision made by me.

I’m flabbergasted.

I’m just the manager in charge of the store. This company literally made me do drills on how to deal with bombs or shootings but I can’t approve a bottle of water? It must be an exception deemed necessary for medical needs.

I explain this is stupid, he actually agrees but says he’s also following orders from above.


I pull my cashier aside and tell her what’s up. I said I’m really sorry but can she please just get her doctor to fax a stupid note over so we can cover our *****?

She was about to pull a fast one!

She got a little gleam in her eye and I was excited to see what it meant.

Her next shift she rolls in and says you are going to love this!

She hands me about 100 copies of a letter that says something along the lines of:

“I do solemnly state that “cashier” is medically a human being and requires water on regular intervals while working and not solely during breaks.

This was a massive waste of my time and your company should be ashamed of yourself.

I will be recommending your competitor as much as humanly possible to my patients who fill prescriptions in this town for the rest of my natural life.

Doctor _____________”

And on and on it went.

The next 40 were identical letters each with a different staff member listed as my genius cashier has snagged an old schedule with first names and last initials.

The rest had a blank space for me to fill in new hire names so our staff could all have drinks on the sales floor.

My boss wasn’t even mad. None of the higher ups above him ever mentioned it on a store walk so I assume it was covered in a meeting of people higher up than me.”

Check out what people had to say about this story.

One person thinks their direct boss caused this whole problem.

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Another individual thinks this is just as bad as forcing employees to stand.

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Another Reddit user talked about how it works in Europe.

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This person was surprised when they went across the pond.

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And one Reddit user shared their own story.

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That was a good one!

You gotta love malicious compliance stories!

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