Saturday, November 28, 2009

Petty Theft

Cranky's encounter with supermarket larceny reminded me of the many people I've seen walk into the ER waiting room, only to grab a box of swine flu masks before turning around and walking out again.

Masks certainly aren't the only things I've witnessed patients try to lift from the ER. Other favorite include tissue boxes, wheelchairs, blankets and cordless phones.

But the winner in the category for best attempt at stealing ER goodies goes to trauma patient who opened the procedure tray cabinet, ripped open the sterile drapes and tried to walk out with a very large bolt cutter.

Not content with free medical care, it seems that certain patients feel entitled to parting gifts as well.

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