Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Free eyeglass repair

The other day my glasses got squashed and both lenses fell out.  The closest optometry place I could find was at a Costco.  The technician in the eyeglass shop there repaired my glasses for free.

A couple years ago, I had the same experience at a Wal-Mart optometry shop.  They repaired my glasses for free there too.  In both cases, in lieu of payment they asked for a donation to the Children's Miracle Network.

Is there a law that prohibits these shops from charging for repairs?  I found it odd that at both stores they did a service for free that I would have been happy to pay for.

Also, I found it interesting that at the Costco where I got my glasses fixed, right in the same building, but with a separate entrance, there was an optometrist office, very clearly labelled as independent from the store.  Is it illegal for a store to employ an optometrist?  Perhaps similar rules that prohibit a physician from working in a place that also retails pharmaceuticals under the same roof?

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The independent optometrist office:

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