I did not know about the arbitrary and execution-style, bullet-in-the-back-of-the-head firing of The Drug Monkey (David Stanley) by Rite-Aid until yesterday when I read an e-mail from Julianne Stein.
She said, “The suits got David”. Julianne is the editor at Drug Topics who rides herd on the stable of writers that includes myself, David Stanley, Ned Milenkovich and others who write columns in Drug Topics magazine. Without Julianne, we could be undisciplined hacks.
I have received a bunch of e-mails from pharmacists who have asked, “Why don’t you write something about The Drug Monkey getting fired at Rite-Aid?” I wanted to see what David had to say first. I asked him. He sent me an e-mail, telling me the story. David can tell you what he wants to tell you. David has never been a chicken-shit so I will include SOME of what he said right here.
Here is Jay Pee’s take. The Monkey was indelicate in his view of Rite-Aid and the coming strike in Southern California. (Go to his blog. There is a link to your right) He threw in some man-talk that Rite-Aid jumped on. They said that David was inciting violence. What the fuck? We are all adults. This is the 21st Century. It is the Age of Aquarius.
The Internet. There is nothing that Rite-Aid can do to prevent pharmacists from figuring out that Rite-Aid certainly appears to be a company in a death spiral. My opinion is that Rite-Aid doesn’t even have fingernails to hold on with. Would you keep shipping $$Millions a week if you were Cardinal and death-spiral company missed a payment? Marginal companies are in business only because the suppliers like the sales. If they do not get the money, they will not ship. Period. Nada.
With a Rite-Aid closing stock price of $1.17 per share on Friday 8/10/2012, David can cash out all his stock for a weekend at the Travel Lodge in Encino, the one by the highway, with the hookers hanging out by the algae-filled pool at midnight.
Violence! Rite-Aid declared that this was such an egregious inflammatory move by The Monkey that Rite-Aid sent the Loss Prevention Rooster to fire him, all the way from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, I believe. Imagine this: A little pudgy peacock, guinea cock strutting little man. I would bet that he could get so excited at the execution of a prominent pharmacist that white spittle formed on the corners of his mouth. And why would a man in an executive position use “Da” instead of “The” in a conversation with an intelligent, well educated medical professional?
Oh, by the way, wake the fuck up, Rite-Aid. Your pharmacists are intelligent, well-educated medical professionals. All they have to do is start acting like it and you Masters of the Universe are doomed.
More on this, I am sure.
From David’s e-mail. I asked him if he was in a union.
The first step to getting the union to do something would be for them to return my calls, which hasn’t happened yet. I’m in the UFCW, a grocery workers union that happens to include some pharmacists. As an organization, they sadly leave a lot to be desired. They are complacent and comfortable and on the edge of getting their clock cleaned. In the last contract for Northern California, they agreed, for whatever reason, that any pharmacist hired after ratification would not be unionized. Now Rite-Aid is going in for the kill in Southern California. The company has forced the union to take a stand, betting that they can finish the union off.
The official reason I was let go was a comment I wrote on the blog about Rite Aid’s plan to bring in scabs should a strike happen. Specifically, that they “run the risk of me driving down there and kicking their ass so hard their rectum ends up past their incisors.” According to the suits, that violated RAD’s policy against workplace violence. They flew the head of Loss Prevention out here, which I suppose should be some sort of compliment.