I've exchanged barbs with one of the founders of GoodRx on Twitter before. At that time he claimed that GoodRx doesn't sell patients' private and personal information. In fact he was quite adamant about it:
Let me make sure you understand this. The CEO and co-founder of GoodRx (who, by the way, started at Facebook, a free service where YOU are the product) explicitly states that they do NOT make money by selling patient data. "One thing I can say for sure - its not by selling patient data." So one has to wonder... why, oh WHY is GoodRx looking to hire data engineers? A recent Google search for "jobs at GoodRx" brought up this position they're looking to fill:
For a company that says they make their money from "ads and referral fees," they're sure interested in having a data analyst on board. If they're truly not selling the personal and private medical information they're obtaining with each adjudicated prescription, why the need for someone to drill into the data and mine it's contents? I'm telling you again, people, that this company is nothing but bad news. They're liars from the start. When you use GoodRx, YOU are the product. Your information is being obtained, stored, and the data they collect is being SOLD.
My older son and I went to see the movie It. I read the book many years ago, saw the TV series as well, but wanted to see this remake. We were both excited to see It.
Before I get to my rant, though, I want to tell you a funny story about going to the movies one time. Back in 1996 or 1997 they re-released Star Wars with some updated scenes and enhancements. My friend and I wanted to have a guys' night out and see the new version. We went on a weeknight at a really quiet, hidden theatre in Snootyville. When we entered the theatre, I saw that there were only two people in the entire theatre waiting to see the movie. I told my friend "let's have fun with this" so he followed me as we sat in the two seats directly in front of these people. We waited about 30 seconds while they looked around to see that we had the entire place to choose from and sat directly in front of them. The guy spit out "Really? You have the entire theatre and you sat directly in front of us?" Then we burst into laughter and told them it was just a joke and we moved. It's just another example of the crazy humor of the Crazy RxMan. Back to the rant. There's several things I've never understood in my life. I could probably write a book about all the things that really don't make sense to me... not things that I don't have the knowledge or wisdom to understand (there's plenty of that), but things that simply don't make sense. Close to the top of the list must be people that talk in the movie theatre. You're in a room full of people and you're adding your dialogue to the movie, or commenting on what's happening, or you just simply won't shut up. And that's what happened with my son an I. The theatre wasn't crowded. There were plenty of seats. Yet these two millennials decided that the best place to sit was close to my son and I. They talked all during the opening credits. I've had people do that before, but then they shut up when the movie starts. Not these two. A steady stream of loud talking started, along with the loud crinkling sound of the packaging of whatever movie treat they chose to purchase. Within minutes my son and I decided to move to another part of the theatre. We were mostly out of ear shot but I could still hear that damn treat crinkling. But I still don't get it. Are people completely unaware that they're in a situation where they should be quiet? Libraries and movie theatres are places where people should be quiet, right? But these two weren't getting it. I truly fear for the future when people don't have the common decency or politeness to keep their damn mouths shut during a movie. Rudeness like that makes me feel like this:
I moved to another part of Snootyville so I could be closer to work because I love work so much. And Sarcasm. I love Sarcasm. I hired a moving company to help out because I have way too much stuff. So I asked the movers what's the weirdest thing they've ever moved.
I said "Oh wow."
"Ever see 50 Shades of Gray?" One of the guys asked me.
I said yes. I actually haven't seen it but I know what it's about.
"You'd be surprised how many people in Snootyville have rooms like that," he said.
Busy Monday morning. Busy. Dogs and cats, living together mass hysteria. Wrath of God type stuff. I have scripts to type, labels printed, scripts to fill, and e-Scripts blinking on the computer.
And yet, there it is... a phone call from the new RPM. Good Lord why won't these people leave us alone on Monday? "Hi, I'm Stone. I'm your new RPM. I just wanted to call and introduce myself and say hello. What's your name again?" "Crazy. Crazy RxMan," I reply. "It's nice to meet you. I'll be by the say hello in person one of these days. Say... I see your flu shot count was down on Friday. So what's up? What's your action plan? Are you asking everyone if they want a flu shot? What are you going to do to increase the numbers? We need the numbers up by Thanksgiving to meet our goals for the year. Whatcha say, Crazy?" Good Lord what is wrong with these corporate people? Seriously. This guy had two cups of the Kool Aid? "We didn't have a tech on Friday. It's hard to promote flu shots when one person is doing the job of three people. We've had a lot of trouble with getting adequate tech coverage..." <Stone cuts me off>
"Labor continues to be a challenge at Goofmart. We're aware of that. I just wanted to touch base with you and thank you for all your hard word. Thanks, Crazy." <click>