The short story “Pill Pusher” by Carolyn A. Drake is about a nameless main character who works at a pharmacy. The pharmacist thinks about her disappointment as an employee in retail after obtaining a pharmacy degree.
Her exhaustion worsens as a customer at the pharmacy becomes irritated and impatient by the waiting time. Their conversation turns into an argument, and the pharmacist ends up yelling at the costumer.
Based on the consumer's behavior and how she is dressed, the pharmacist forms a negative first impression and categorizes her as a typical “soccer mom”.
The pharmacist decides to check comments about the costumer, and she discovers that the customer’s daughter suffer from leukemia. She feels bad about her own behavior, so she gives the woman her medicine and a tip for her daughter´s nausea.
The main character is the nameless pharmacist who most likely is a female, as it is mentioned that several of the male customers tried flirting with her (l. 21 and l. 26).
She is most likely in her late 20s, according to the comparison she makes between herself and the impatient costumer (l. 94-95).
She studied pharmacy for six years and has a degree, and now she works at a pharmacy called Walgreens (l. 15 and l. 2), where she seems to be under a lot of pressure.
Her current day is described as being “a nonstop three-hour onslaught” (l. 9-10).