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Eavesdropped

Overheard at the ER

Five Hours In The Presbyterian Emergency Room

Fourtysomething barefoot man, in handcuffs, led out by police:
What am I being charged with?
Police officer:
That's something we need to talk about.


Man, early 20s, wearing a hospital bracelet, consoling a visibly upset woman, early 20s:
You don't have to worry, he's never going to fuck you up again.


Old woman, wearing sweat pants and hospital gown, talking to triage nurse:
I'm tired of being treated like a child!
Same woman, 5 minutes later:
Stop lying to me!
Triage nurse, to receptionist after old woman storms out:
I'm so happy right now.


Man, after taking a bite of his Subway sandwich:
They put mustard on it.


Receptionist, to older biker guy:
Sir! Sir! You cannot smoke in here.


Later, same older biker guy to older biker girl:
I told you it's over between me and her. Over!


Younger woman on phone holding sleeping toddler:
These doctors don't know anything.


Old man with bandage on head to wife (CNN on in the background):
So someone dropped a nuke in Japan?


Old drunkish looking dude, being escorted out by security:
Come on man, I just want to lay down here for 10 minutes.


Teenager with ice pack on his hand, talking on waiting room phone:
Just put my mom on the phone, fucker!

V.18 No.49 | 12/3/2009

Feature

Waiting With the Devil: Health Care or Hell?

By Michael P. D'Arco

I used to laugh at the guy on “COPS” who insists on getting a badge number. There are threats to avenge, at some future date, the injustice being done to him. It’s so stereotypical. The police must hear this stuff even more regularly than we do on TV. Does anyone ever have a valid issue? Do they ever follow up?

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