Passing a cardiologist's office on my way to the elevator, a female rep I'd never seen before, wearing a Big Pharma, Inc. name tag, came out of his office. We made eye contact, and I nodded, smiled, and continued on my way.
Only to be stopped after another few steps by her saying loudly, "Oh MY GOD! What are you doing?"
I turned around to find Ms. Rep looking at me, horrified. "Excuse me?" I said.
Ms. Rep: "Are you taking food from a doctor's office?"
Dr. Grumpy: "Um, yeah, is that okay?"
Ms. Rep: "NO! It's rude! It's unacceptable and inappropriate! And look at the way you're dressed!" (I tend to be on the casual side) "You don't even have a name tag! What are the corporate people teaching you new reps, anyway?"
Before I could answer she went on: "I'm sorry. I suppose this isn't your fault. The training people must be slacking off." She offered me her hand. "You must be new. I'm Stacey, from our cardiology marketing division."
I shook her hand. "I'm Dr. Grumpy, from the neurology division down the hall."
Stacey, from the cardiology marketing division, somehow looked even more horrified now. After a few stuttering attempts at saying something she answered her cell phone (which hadn't rung), mumbled "nice to meet you" and ran into the stairwell.