As I mentioned awhile back, the months of October and November were not very kind to me health wise. Between a bronchial infection, a head cold, and my regular, seasonal allergies I was kind of a congested, snotty mess. I started taking Loratadine (generic Claritin D) once a day, doubling to twice a day as per doctor's orders on particularly bad days. Claritin D is an over-the-counter sinus/allergy medicine that requires ID and purchases are logged into the "system" and tracked. The ingredients in the medication are also used to make meth. Our Federal Government decided in 2005 to regulate this medication to help curtail illicit meth manufacturing/use. Being a rule follower, I don't usually have issues with the government regulations. Since I'm not a meth manufacturer or user, what do I care anyways.
Costco has the BEST price on generic Claritin D, but Costco is a big pain in the neck to visit. Ours is so busy all the time, so I try to keep a running list of things I need from there and only go when the list gets long enough to warrant a trip. However, with the Claritin D only distributed in packs of 15 and only one pack at a time, I was visiting Costco every-other-Saturday (when I had time to go) in October and November.
During the first week in December, I stopped into Costco during the week, as I was running low on the D and knew I'd run out before the next weekend's trip. Even though I was feeling much better, I was still congested so wanted to continue taking the meds to keep the sinus issues at bay. However, when I gave the cashier my ID, she informed me that I was over the limit in the amount of Loratadine I was allotted and therefore she couldn't sell it to me. Of course, I was irritated and a bit worried about being overrun by my sinuses. I tried VERY hard not to take it out on the cashier as she didn't make the rules, but I did leave frustrated, mumbling about how if the box was full of bullets it wouldn't even be a blip on anyone's radar. Then I left quickly, worried she'd think I was threatening to shoot her.
This happened just days before the San Bernardino shootings. With my mind already on the regulation of the medicine and the restrictions that I was facing, the information that came out about the tragic attack blew my mind. Between the rounds that were shot in the initial attack, the ones shot at the police, and the ones found by investigators in the car and home, this couple had purchased over 6,200 bullets, all legally. ALL LEGALLY! I wonder if this attack would have been thwarted had this couple had to show ID and have their purchases logged into "the system" like my 4 boxes of Claritin D had been. Who knows, but thankfully regulation stopped me from the medicine I needed to keep my nose from running, because that could have been dangerous!
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