OK, this is a random topic but is something Im worried about.
a couple of weeks ago, I was working in a pharmacy on random days and more or less every day that week, there was some sort of condom-related issues (1 was about a broken condom - which I always find a funny topic as everyone says its de to big dicks (WRONG); the other 2 were regarding people getting malaria tablets (including a man in his 50s who had no idea how to use a condom - seriously?). anyways, I was telling my colleagues about these things (as people do if it is a funny topic) and about how condoms are designed to fit anything (including heads and water melons) and that if a condom is small, the guy will be in a lot of pain (described it like how 1 of the people told me ie like getting your thing slammed ina door) and that people are better getting condoms online if theyre concerned about size as XL arent that much bigger.
It seems however that these conversations were taken a bit too harshly and got a phonecall half an hour ago saying that 2-3 of these colleagues filed complaints about "something to do with condoms". I explained to the manager exactly what was said and what happened and he told me I just need to apologize to the colleagues (1 middle aged, the other was a freshie in late teens) as they definately took it out of context / thought I was being pervy.
thing is however, I am bloody paranoid that I have done something wrong and am worried about getting done for sexual harassment (last thing I need as a recent-ish qualified pharmacist in my mid 20s).
so people, should I be worried or not really and just not mention about condoms /avoid people wanting malaria tablets?
It IS a touchy issue im afraid. To me, it doesnt seem like you intended to offend people and were just talking about things in general but do not mention this to ladies as they will think your a perv (also people from abroad will find it offensive). as someone who is also a pharmacist, i know how it feels being stuck inside a place with noone to chat to but it is sadly 1 of the "perks" of the job.
Hi mods, could yo please change the title to "NEED URGENT ADVICE:" also please weigh in on the topic as I am worried and losing a lot of sleep over it
You've mentioned that you've already explained to the manager.
Have you sincerely apologised to the collegues? If so, then let it be and although it sucks in the future just avoid these sorts of topics.
No need to loose sleep over what's already done as you can't change that.
sorry for info overload, am in a venting mood.
Okay. This does suck really. I don't know what you can do besides apologise.
You could look for other jobs etc on the side?
Wherever you are working currently sounds like a soul sucker... even if you find another pharmacy (if not what you actually want) might be better.
BTW, here the response from a solicitor who my union got in touch with:
Thank you for your emails responding to my earlier email and giving more background to your enquiry.
I have discussed your enquiry with one of our pharmacist advisors. He confirms that you may leave yourself vulnerable by having discussions of the nature stated in your enquiry and emails, as not all staff may appreciate your reasons for discussing these issues, which you state is that you always try sharing information about counter consultations/medication wherever possible as people need to learn about these and other topics whilst working in a pharmacy.
At present, the manager appears not to have regarded the issues as being so serious as to be a potential FTP issue, GPhC or sexual harassment issue. I asked that you provide full details of the complaint. The information you have provided does not appear to have raised any issues of sexual harassment. The manager seems only to have asked you to apologise. It is assumed from that, that he has not prevented you from doing further locum work at the pharmacy.
As far as the issue of apologising is concerned, our pharmacy advisor suggests that you simply inform the assistants that you did not mean any offence by raising the discussion and apologise if any offence was caused. It is suggested this be done with the manager present. It would also be sensible not to talk about condoms again, as suggested by the manager.
I trust the above information is helpful. Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me."