We’ve all done it. We’ve all had it done to us. I can remember the stand-out insults that have been said to my face about me and behind my back. And yeah – they stung. I can remember being talked about while in a girls’ bathroom stall…and I can remember being the one trash talking on the outside of the stall. It sucks. But…sticks and stones, people.
This week, in the news, there is a colonoscopy patient suing doctors for making fun of him while he was under. His phone recorder was on so he could supposedly remember his post-op instructions…
So, what’s the big offense, you ask? As reported on Fox News, the doctors doing the colonoscopy spoke of ” shooting a gun up his rectum”, called him “a big wimp,” and discussed “an irritation on his penis.” The alleged stand-out quote was made by Dr. Tiffany Ingham – “…after five minutes of talking to you in pre-op, I wanted to punch you in the face and man you up a little bit.”
Colonoscopy Dude is seeking, wait for it, A MILLION DOLLARS in “damages.”
I can remember the first time I majorly put my foot in my mouth. I was in 6th grade and there was a boy who sat at my lunch table that everybody made fun of all the time. I was one to always befriend the underdog, but I really liked this boy named Josh, and since he was in on the mockery and I wanted to impress him, I totally joined in and went way overboard in my digs at his expense.
Of course, word got back to him. I found out at after-care so I had to wait a full sleepless night to know how he would react.
In fact, I don’t even remember how he reacted. I must have repressed it. I was terrified – not so much about getting in trouble, but about hurting a friend.
My point is, people making fun of other people has happened since the dawn of time.
I’ve been Netflix binging Ally McBeal lately, and this colonoscopy guy reminds me of Lucy Liu’s character, always LOOKING for reasons to sue.
So, does this guy have a case? Yeah, he does. He has proof and in today’s culture of eggshell walking, this will likely be taken seriously.
It’s just sad and strange to me that careless words uttered by adults, much like ones you’d hear on a playground, can bring on legal punishment, when they should be handled with a “Man, I’m sorry – I shouldn’t have said that.”
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