I wish I was making this up.
A pharmacist refused to serve a mother-of-two with a prescription for the contraceptive pill because it went against her religious beliefs.
Shocked Janine Deeley, 38, initially thought the female pharmacist must be joking, but became angry when she was told to try another chemist or come back the next day when someone else was on duty.
Miss Deeley said she is prescribed the pill by her GP because she suffers from a condition which causes painful periods.
She said she was furious at being 'treated like a child' and having to explain herself like an irresponsible teenager.
She said: 'I couldn't believe the arrogance of the woman. Who is she to refuse to give me properly prescribed legal drugs? I am a responsible
'She had no right to refuse to dispense my prescription except if the drugs weren't in stock or if she thought the dosage was incorrect.'
The branch of Lloyd's pharmacy adjoins the doctor's surgery and Miss Deeley said she had used it for years without a problem. But this time the pharmacist took her to one said
and said she could have the painkillers she wanted but not the
'I asked "oh why not?" and she said "I don't give them out because of my religion." I honestly thought she was joking and I said "Pardon?"
'She repeated it and I said "You're not giving me the pills because of your religion?" and she replied "Yes." I was absolutely stunned. I was fuming and just stormed
Miss Deeley, of Wybourn, Sheffield, added: 'I had no idea what religion the woman was and I don't remember if she has served me before. The other staff looked very embarrassed but obviously it was
the pharmacist's decision.
'There's a lot of things in society you might not like or agree with, but you can't do anything about them.This type of thing shouldn't be happening, it's not right.'
The jobless single mother has daughters Carlie, 18, and Lauren, 14, and she is concerned about the implications of such a refusal policy.
She said: 'My daughter is 18 - she might want to go on the Pill and she has got that right. I'd rather have that than an unwanted pregnancy.'
A spokeswoman for Lloyds pharmacy said an investigation had been launched: 'We are very sorry Ms Deeley was refused supply of her
prescribed contraceptive pill at our Duke Street pharmacy.
Refusal: The Lloyds Pharmacy on Duke Street, Sheffield, where a pharmacist refused to give Miss Deeley her contraceptive pills
'We have launched an investigation into the incident and been in contact with her to apologise for any distress and inconvenience caused.'