By Anonymous - 24/10/2012 09:21 - United States
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Same thing happened to me! Except she said "maybe you'll feel different when your diagnose with a terrible disease" and I'm starting treatment for my cancer in a week. My mom tore the cashier apart when she said that. She got fired by the manager. Hope you gave that cashier some hell op!
I don't want to be "that guy" but I think cancer research is bullshit. How many millions of dollars have people donated that go to waste. They have been using chemotherapy since the 50's, nothing has changed. Instead of putting all that money towards "research" maybe help families that can't pay for the cancer treatments.
#54: Research is progressive. Chemists and biologist can't wake up one day and miraculously know how to cure cancer. Many of the professors I see are working on cancer research and have made great strides in their fields of study, and that's exactly what it is: progress.
58 there are a lot of possible cures for cancer that have worked once or twice or would work theoretically out there that have been discovered and are being studied and tested around the world, science isn't cheap or fast but without it we would be living in caves dieing of old age at 30 and eating raw meat
54- the money goes towards building new technologies with new materials for new and old chemists to break down cancer cells and test new biological micro weaponry against the deadly cells. Each test can take weeks or even months. If you think scientific revolution happens even in 50 years, consider this: even something as tedious as penicillin didn't exist until the fungi was found and tested, it took humanity hundreds of years to try something naturally existent. To MAKE a new chemical to combat a natural death dealer, you must be a demigod to expect results any quicker than the money can provide the chance. Money is temporary, a cute is forever. Worth it in my mind
54, you are making yourself sound ignorant. Even though certain parts of oncology keeps trampling, others make great strides e.g. hematology, which has been revolutionised by more specific diagnosis combined with imatinib and rituximab. Either way, chemotherapy is a broad subject involving way too many different treatment regimes to categorically state it's been the same for 50 years
164- I'm all for cutting military spending also. Don't make me out as a villain for just saying I think too much is spent on research. I agree, we need research to progress, but again maybe take a part of the donated money and give it to families that can't pay for the treatments themselves. Then no one has to go all Breaking Bad and start cooking meth.
There have actually been a lot of improvements. Chemotherapy is still a prime treatment, yes, but for a great many forms of cancer the chemo options have been refined and improved to provide better outcomes and fewer side-effect problems -- my grandfather didn't even lose his hair with his chemo. Cancer survival rates have doubled since the 1970s, and breast cancer survival rates have tripled. There's no magic-bullet cure (a universal cure is actually unlikely, as there are so many different types and causes of cancer), but a whole lot of very good progress has been made. I am happy to keep donating to continue the progress and research, and am thankful that so many other people do, too.
You do realize at some grocery stores that cashiers have fundraising quotas they're supposed to achieve. If they don't reach them they can get in a lot of trouble, even if unionized. I know, I work as a grocery store cashier and run our store's charity program on the side. She did her job and probably had a lot of pressure to do so. To all of you who complain about her judging others, don't judge her either.
Ng 132 I also work at a grocery store and run several donation programs over the years. While my company doesn't give a quota and are therefore under a little less pressure there is a tactful way to handle such a situation. I know as a cashier it can be frustrating when you are asking for donations and people say no but like OP said they already made whatever donations she was planning to make that month. The cashier should have never said what they said. No customer is under any obligation to donate and the cashier should treat them no differently if they choose not to donate. What if they are broke? Or shopping for someone else? Or what if they simply don't want to donate their money? It's their right to do with their money what they please. The cashier needs to shut up, smile and do their job.
I have a lot of pressure to do my job that doesn't mean because I get stopped by a customer that needs help I should tell them to fuck off. you're not making any sense. what that cashier did was stupid. none of us know what someone is going through so to assume is idiotic on her part. point blank period. .
Ah, the guilt trip. Not only an effective method of argument with friends and family, but a (not so impressive) marketing probe. I hope you told him that you're a survivor. He'll have a big enough guilt trip to buy you a new car.