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(Essex Chronicle)   Ladies and gentlemen: your First World problem of the day   (essexchronicle.co.uk) divider line 81
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2014-03-24 12:32:04 PM
I've been to Cyprus.  You need at least that many muscle relaxers.
 
2014-03-24 12:35:28 PM
Sponger Squarepants.
 
2014-03-24 12:49:47 PM
I read the headline as "first  word problem" and assumed Subby meant the weird article headline, which involves sponging tablets or something.
 
2014-03-24 01:28:34 PM
In Cyprus, Mr Stone can pick up 100 tablets for ? 2.50, but in the UK he pays £5.95 for 56 tablets.


That doesn't sound like a lot, but I'm not sure what the exchange rate is between British Pounds and Cyprussian Question Marks.  How much are both of those number in Dollars?
 
2014-03-24 01:34:14 PM

serial_crusher: In Cyprus, Mr Stone can pick up 100 tablets for ? 2.50, but in the UK he pays £5.95 for 56 tablets.


That doesn't sound like a lot, but I'm not sure what the exchange rate is between British Pounds and Cyprussian Question Marks.  How much are both of those number in Dollars?


2.50 Euro, which my keyboard does not have a symbol for, is $1.81
£ 5.95 is $9.81
 
2014-03-24 01:46:24 PM
Who, in their right mind, considers Cyprus that much of a travel destination to be worthy of a seven week stay annually?  Other than Mr. Tight Muscles, that is.
 
2014-03-24 01:56:11 PM
"In Cyprus, Mr Stone can pick up 100 tablets for ? 2.50, but in the UK he pays £5.95 for 56 tablets."

FFS, THIS is what he chooses to complain about? ROFL
 
2014-03-24 02:09:48 PM

Prey4reign: Who, in their right mind, considers Cyprus that much of a travel destination to be worthy of a seven week stay annually?  Other than Mr. Tight Muscles, that is.


The guy who sells Vicodin to Cypriots?
 
2014-03-24 02:23:52 PM
He's definitely not sponge-worthy.
 
2014-03-24 02:23:57 PM
FTFA:

Man 'made to feel like a sponger' after NHS holiday tablet refusal


He can't use that word!  Only we can use that word!
 
2014-03-24 02:25:23 PM

Prey4reign: Who, in their right mind, considers Cyprus that much of a travel destination to be worthy of a seven week stay annually?  Other than Mr. Tight Muscles, that is.


No kidding. They can't even spell their own country's name right.
 
2014-03-24 02:26:19 PM

The_Sponge: FTFA:

Man 'made to feel like a sponger' after NHS holiday tablet refusal


He can't use that word!  Only we can use that word!


Well played!
 
2014-03-24 02:27:14 PM

what_now: serial_crusher: In Cyprus, Mr Stone can pick up 100 tablets for ? 2.50, but in the UK he pays £5.95 for 56 tablets.


That doesn't sound like a lot, but I'm not sure what the exchange rate is between British Pounds and Cyprussian Question Marks.  How much are both of those number in Dollars?

2.50 Euro, which my keyboard does not have a symbol for, is $1.81
£ 5.95 is $9.81


i have some dollars i would like to exchange for euros with you.
 
2014-03-24 02:28:21 PM
Been on valium for 30 years for "muscle tension"? Someone may have an addiction problem.
 
2014-03-24 02:29:06 PM
7 weeks in Cyprus?  Buy your own medications
 
2014-03-24 02:30:13 PM

johnny_vegas: what_now: serial_crusher: In Cyprus, Mr Stone can pick up 100 tablets for ? 2.50, but in the UK he pays £5.95 for 56 tablets.


That doesn't sound like a lot, but I'm not sure what the exchange rate is between British Pounds and Cyprussian Question Marks.  How much are both of those number in Dollars?

2.50 Euro, which my keyboard does not have a symbol for, is $1.81
£ 5.95 is $9.81

i have some dollars i would like to exchange for euros with you.


I have a stack of question marks I'd like to change into dollars.
 
2014-03-24 02:31:56 PM

johnny_vegas: what_now: serial_crusher: In Cyprus, Mr Stone can pick up 100 tablets for ? 2.50, but in the UK he pays £5.95 for 56 tablets.


That doesn't sound like a lot, but I'm not sure what the exchange rate is between British Pounds and Cyprussian Question Marks.  How much are both of those number in Dollars?

2.50 Euro, which my keyboard does not have a symbol for, is $1.81
£ 5.95 is $9.81

i have some dollars i would like to exchange for euros with you.


Count me in, too.
 
2014-03-24 02:31:59 PM
Well the UK has first world health care.

The USA? Ehhhhhhhhh
 
2014-03-24 02:32:46 PM
The NHS website states: "If you need regular medication for a stable long-term health condition, your GP can prescribe a maximum supply of three months."

for his annual seven-week trip to Cyprus.


Seven weeks is less than three months.
 
2014-03-24 02:32:56 PM
Soma I presume.

/Anyone?
 
2014-03-24 02:33:39 PM
Let me point out that under Obamare's expansion the government only pays for emergency care out of state and will not cover any cost in another country. Which I think is penny-wise and pound foolish. There are lots of people along the border who go to Mexico for medical care. The government would save money if they covered such services.
 
2014-03-24 02:34:31 PM
So if I'm reading this correctly:  He can get more tablets for less money in Cyprus, but he's biatching that they wouldn't let him pay more money for fewer tablets at home?

Am I missing something?

Also, is it possible that someone was paid more for writing that poorly written article than was the cost this man's dispute for the upcoming decade?
 
2014-03-24 02:35:00 PM
Seven weeks? SEVEN F'ING WEEKS?!?! The absolute best I ever got was 3 weeks PTO combining sick and vacation time. Now I'm working as a contractor so I don't even get that! I can't afford to take unpaid time off so my family is now off on spring break without me. Meantime my union friends (teachers, state employees and construction) regularly get at least 4 weeks PLUS sick time.
 
2014-03-24 02:35:03 PM
I assumed that "sponger" was British slang for "sponge bath". This made the whole article much more entertaining.
 
2014-03-24 02:35:32 PM

SlothB77: The NHS website states: "If you need regular medication for a stable long-term health condition, your GP can prescribe a maximum supply of three months."

for his annual seven-week trip to Cyprus.

Seven weeks is less than three months.


This is the UK....maybe they're metric weeks.
 
2014-03-24 02:36:04 PM

serial_crusher: In Cyprus, Mr Stone can pick up 100 tablets for ? 2.50, but in the UK he pays £5.95 for 56 tablets.


That doesn't sound like a lot, but I'm not sure what the exchange rate is between British Pounds and Cyprussian Question Marks.  How much are both of those number in Dollars?


Cyprus uses the Euro.

2.50 Euros = 2.10 Pounds
2.10 Pounds = $3.47

He's getting a bargain in Cyprus, but that's moot if he can't get a prescription there.
 
2014-03-24 02:37:03 PM
 diazepam junkie?
wearing shades?

Shocked. really I am.
 
2014-03-24 02:37:17 PM

The_Sponge: FTFA:

Man 'made to feel like a sponger' after NHS holiday tablet refusal


He can't use that word!  Only we can use that word!


To be fair, he is an expert in rubber so he would know "sponginess"
 
2014-03-24 02:37:58 PM

Slypork: Seven weeks? SEVEN F'ING WEEKS?!?! The absolute best I ever got was 3 weeks PTO combining sick and vacation time. Now I'm working as a contractor so I don't even get that! I can't afford to take unpaid time off so my family is now off on spring break without me. Meantime my union friends (teachers, state employees and construction) regularly get at least 4 weeks PLUS sick time.


When you're contracting, the trick is to factor two or three weeks of unpaid time off into the hourly rate that you negotiate, and then put that money aside. Otherwise (as I've learned the hard way), it's damned hard to take any time off.
 
2014-03-24 02:38:12 PM

worlddan: Let me point out that under Obamare's expansion the government only pays for emergency care out of state and will not cover any cost in another country. Which I think is penny-wise and pound foolish. There are lots of people along the border who go to Mexico for medical care. The government would save money if they covered such services.


You're six pounds foolish for posting this here.
 
2014-03-24 02:38:29 PM

GBmanNC: Been on valium for 30 years for "muscle tension"? Someone may have an addiction problem.


durr.
He's a farking junkie.
 
2014-03-24 02:38:43 PM

worlddan: Let me point out that under Obamare's expansion the government only pays for emergency care out of state and will not cover any cost in another country. Which I think is penny-wise and pound foolish. There are lots of people along the border who go to Mexico for medical care. The government would save money if they covered such services.


Sounds like a good idea for a movie.
images.moviefanatic.com
 
2014-03-24 02:39:00 PM
There was something there about a seven week vacation but the limit for an advanced prescription is three months. I don't really see where the problem is.
 
2014-03-24 02:39:06 PM
i.chzbgr.com
 
2014-03-24 02:39:20 PM

Slypork: Seven weeks? SEVEN F'ING WEEKS?!?! The absolute best I ever got was 3 weeks PTO combining sick and vacation time. Now I'm working as a contractor so I don't even get that! I can't afford to take unpaid time off so my family is now off on spring break without me. Meantime my union friends (teachers, state employees and construction) regularly get at least 4 weeks PLUS sick time.


I don't know if this is normal protocol, but our parent company is in the U.K. The salaried people either work or are on call all the time, meaning they can be annoying as fark 24/7. But, when they're on holiday, it's like they've dropped off the grid. So, at least our people seem to make up the difference.
 
2014-03-24 02:39:26 PM

johnny_vegas: what_now: serial_crusher: In Cyprus, Mr Stone can pick up 100 tablets for ? 2.50, but in the UK he pays £5.95 for 56 tablets.


That doesn't sound like a lot, but I'm not sure what the exchange rate is between British Pounds and Cyprussian Question Marks.  How much are both of those number in Dollars?

2.50 Euro, which my keyboard does not have a symbol for, is $1.81
£ 5.95 is $9.81

i have some dollars i would like to exchange for euros with you.




Ok, so that's obviously not right.

Good thing I work in international finance!!!
 
2014-03-24 02:39:49 PM
Marzipan seems to help me.
 
2014-03-24 02:43:40 PM

what_now: johnny_vegas: what_now: serial_crusher: In Cyprus, Mr Stone can pick up 100 tablets for ? 2.50, but in the UK he pays £5.95 for 56 tablets.


That doesn't sound like a lot, but I'm not sure what the exchange rate is between British Pounds and Cyprussian Question Marks.  How much are both of those number in Dollars?

2.50 Euro, which my keyboard does not have a symbol for, is $1.81
£ 5.95 is $9.81

i have some dollars i would like to exchange for euros with you.


Ok, so that's obviously not right.

Good thing I work in international finance!!!


It looks like it's exactly backwards.  €1.81 = $2.50
 
2014-03-24 02:44:35 PM
Just go to the vet and tell them your dog has separation anxiety and it needs diazapam.  Tell the vet you'll be leaving for 7 weeks.

First world problems, third world solutions.
 
2014-03-24 02:47:30 PM

jigger: [i.chzbgr.com image 500x599]


Why is JLD even. . never mind.
I'll be in my bunk.
 
2014-03-24 02:47:31 PM
His prescriptions are free from the NHS as he is over 65. The doctor is being a twat.
 
2014-03-24 02:48:06 PM

namatad: "In Cyprus, Mr Stone can pick up 100 tablets for ? 2.50, but in the UK he pays £5.95 for 56 tablets."

FFS, THIS is what he chooses to complain about? ROFL


Really!  He can always cancel his trip to Cypress if it's going to be such a hardship/imposition.
 
2014-03-24 02:49:09 PM
The NHS hurted his feelings because they're going to force him to pay less for his meds when he's on his 7-week holiday to a Mediterranean island? I like to complain about trivialities, too, but this guy makes me feel like such an amateur I may just give it up.
 
2014-03-24 02:50:26 PM
Use the 7 weeks in Cyprus to detox you damn junkie
 
2014-03-24 02:51:30 PM

GDubDub: So if I'm reading this correctly:  He can get more tablets for less money in Cyprus, but he's biatching that they wouldn't let him pay more money for fewer tablets at home?

Am I missing something?

Also, is it possible that someone was paid more for writing that poorly written article than was the cost this man's dispute for the upcoming decade?


It's some sort of Stockholm syndrome engendered by the NHS, I guess.
 
2014-03-24 02:51:34 PM

genner: SlothB77: The NHS website states: "If you need regular medication for a stable long-term health condition, your GP can prescribe a maximum supply of three months."

for his annual seven-week trip to Cyprus.

Seven weeks is less than three months.

This is the UK....maybe they're metric weeks.


Story is badly written. WAY down in the text, it says that his local prescription filler has a 28-day limit, not the national 7-week one, giving him another opportunity to biatch about things.
 
2014-03-24 02:52:08 PM
Shut up and take my money.jpg
 
2014-03-24 02:52:11 PM

Cold_Sassy: Really!  He can always cancel his trip to Cypress if it's going to be such a hardship/imposition.


Catch a ho and another ho, Merry Christmas.
 
2014-03-24 02:56:06 PM

uncleacid: Marzipan seems to help me.


Whatever works...

img.fark.net
This is Marzipan; leave a messge. *BEEP*
 
2014-03-24 02:57:03 PM

GDubDub: So if I'm reading this correctly:  He can get more tablets for less money in Cyprus, but he's biatching that they wouldn't let him pay more money for fewer tablets at home?

Am I missing something?


TFA is certainly missing something.

The guy is 73 and therefore shouldn't be paying National Insurance (the tax he mentions paying) and his prescriptions should be free of charge.

Even if the prescriptions were not free the Co-Pay is 7.85 quids regardless of the medication, I'm not sure how he's managing a 5.95 co-pay (on medication that should be free to him anyway).
 
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