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61. Not Sold Over the Counter
One of Barb's favorite activities since moving to
United States was watching television. She especially loved
the commercials. "You really can buy anything here
America!" she told her friends. One afternoon she
watching television and saw a commercial that really
her attention. It showed a cartoon woman tossing
turning. The woman in the commercial was unable
sleep because she was busy thinking about the
that had passed and worrying about the day
. Barb wasn't quite sure what the commercial was
. Was it a bed? Was it a pillow?
it just a public service announcement urging people
sleep more? Suddenly a voice on the television
speaking very quickly, listing side effects of the
pill the commercial was advertising. One of the
effects was insomnia. Barb thought that seemed like
odd side effect for a sleeping pill.
day Barb happened to be in the local
pharmacy picking up a few things. She remembered
commercial she had seen the night before for
sleeping pills. She walked up and down the
looking for them. Since she saw it advertised
television, she thought she might try them. Sometimes
had a hard time sleeping. When she couldn't
the pills on her own, she walked over
the pharmacy counter and asked the pharmacist where
could find the pills.
"Do you have a
?" the pharmacist asked. Barn explained that she didn't,
she saw the pills advertised on television and
she would try them. "Those are not available
the counter," the pharmacist explained. Barb thought it
dumb for there to be a commercial for
she couldn't just go get at the store.
walked out of the pharmacy without buying anything.