While waiting for a prescription at the local Boots pharmacy this past week I noticed something interesting. It's the thing in the photo above. Almost all of the pharmacy's available pharmaceuticals were located alphabetically in a giant rotating display mere feet from the counter where you pick up and pay for stuff.
A drugstore cowboy's dream. No big hold-ups, no major distractions needed, no climbing over high counters, no ransacking a dozen shelves looking for the Vicodin or codeine or good ol' amphetamines -- it's all right there in front of the customers in alpha-order a few feet from where they're standing.
In America the drugs are hidden away on shelving behind tall white counters beyond the platform on which most pharmacists work -- far from the actual customers at the counter.
i don't really know why it's different here. it just is. that's why it's my "Pic Of The Week."