I work in a pharmacy and we charge. Document signing is not a priority - prescriptions and medicines are. We put them in line with the scripts too. We charge $1 per page and sometimes people complain. But it does take up a lot of their time all up. Considering other professions charge for things like making a phone call (lawyers, accountants) I think it is totally acceptable.
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23-02-2016 18:39 #41
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23-02-2016 19:04 #42
I can certify documents. I reckon it's s bit rotten charging people, I always think of it as providing a community service and charging seems to kinda just be a way to give people the push off.
23-02-2016 19:34 #43
I never take documents to pharmacists to sign. I've always used the police and never been charged. But I always make sure I have clear copies of everything and never take too many at once.
23-02-2016 19:35 #44
My friend is a pharamcist and said they aren't allowed to ask anyone for money when signing forms for people
23-02-2016 19:43 #45Senior Member
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I can certify copies as well as witness statements and sign stat docs. I used to do it for free for the clinic clients when I was in private practice and now only do it for people I work with (state gov). It can take a lot of time and really I have better things to do.
24-02-2016 05:46 #46Senior Member
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As I said earlier in this thread, my parents are Pharmacists, and quite honestly, they get screwed around enough (by various governments and legislation over the past few decades), working long hours and very hard, and they are trying to run a small business. So certifying documents is low on their priorities.
Yes it is a "Community Service", but it's not one you "elect" to do, rather it's thrust upon you. And most Pharmacists do PLENTY for the community. The dispensing fee is bugger all, and they are not paid for the time they spend explaining medication to patients, or giving advice. Money is usually made by selling perfume, shampoo, jellybeans, etc!
So charging $2 for the hassle of and time spent certifying documents seems completely fair enough to me. My parents don't charge, but I think they should.
So...ask nicely, ring and make an appointment, and expect to wait. Otherwise go to the Police Station.
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