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Asked on: 6/17/13, 1:18 pm

I was at a shopping store in the photo department and unknowingly at the time due to a prior obgyn procedure I had done which I then obviously discovered I was having post complications. I felt very odd and looked down at the floor watching blood flow down my legs. I was soaked in blood from the waist down. Leaving pools of blood where my feet rest. I stood there for a few moments until I came to my scences to go for help. I calmly walked up to an adult female employee on duty and whispered I have an emergency. She looked at me and seen I was hemoraging covered with blood. She screamed "Oh god!" What do I do? I asked her to please find me something like a towl that I could use to help me cope with the amount of blood I had already lost. I handed her my ID telling her someone would return to pay for the towl I had soaked. She insisted I pay for the merchandice ignoring that I was stressing that I needed to seek medical help and escorted me to the check out. I wanted to leave the towl and go but knowing I had ruined it would be just like shoplifting. I had to use a debit card for my payment, otherwise I would have left cash. Customers were outraged offering to pay for my towl asking if an ambulence had been called. I waited for the employees and customers to argue and paid for the towl. Is this normal safety protocol for retail workers in the event of a bleeding injury where first aid is needed? It was awful.

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