Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Doctors behaving badly

I'm with a patient, when Mary knocks on my office door.

Dr. Grumpy: "What's up?"

Mary: "Sorry, it's Dr. Promissory. He says he needs to speak to you urgently."

Dr. Grumpy: "Okay." (picks up phone) "This is Dr. Grumpy."

Dr. Promissory: "Hi, sorry to interrupt you."

Dr. Grumpy: "What's going on?"

Dr. Promissory: "My wife recently started her own business as a mortgage agent, and I was wondering if you'd considered refinancing your home?"

15 comments:

Katia Neill said...

I really hope you hung up on his @$$.

Mrs J said...

Wow, it's discusting when people are so self centered and self involved. It would make me want to go to his competitor and refinance with them (making very sure the good dr finds out). It is so discouraging to see how many people no longer care and respect others. The self entitled nation!

Momcat said...

The urgency being...his marriage was on the line or at least his life at risk for misery if he didnt find his wife some clients from amongst his colleagues?

Packer said...

Let's not be so hasty---No doc, no points, no fees, cash out some equity, 3% , 30 year fixed. Could have been the best phone call you got all week.

Little known fact Mortgage Brokers get a ton of money on every mortgage they close, like almost as much as a heart surgeon gets for a bypass.

Anonymous said...

or you could have said
call my wife, she too manages the $$ at ranch grumpy...

or brief fantasy about staying on the line and listing a long rambling list of fun facts to burn up his time, but downside is leaving your patients waiting...,

Grumpy, M.D. said...

I will not tolerate bullshit interruptions while I'm with a patient.

Claiming you need to discuss something with me urgently, just to make a sales call, is an abuse of privilege.

D. said...

Grumpy, MD: Thank you. That's appreciated.

Extremely obscure Jimmy Hatlo reference: That would have raised The Urge to Kill.

Ivan Ilyich said...

Perhaps a rule that a caller must state the nature of the business before being put through, no matter who is calling.

Ms. Donna said...

Thank you Dr. As for Ivan, some things pts WILL NOT discuss w/ Mary. Only the Dr.

Yes, the MD degree gives the holders delusions of grandeur, but . . .

And in Mary's defense, it was another Dr. calling. Too bad Grumpy can't refer his colleague to a refresher course on ethics.

bobbie said...

Instead of tearing your hair out, tear HIS out!!!

RehabRN said...

Totally with you, Grumpy. Don't refer anyone to him, either.

Guess he cried wolf for the very last time.

Anonymous said...

Share the good fortune and wonderful mortgage deals. That one goes on intercom so everyone gets equal opportunity.

Murr Brewster said...

That's completely insane. Just rude. On the other hand, I am pleased to tell you that there is nothing wrong with your current credit card, but I have some very important news for you.

Anonymous said...

The one and only time my brother called me since I was married thirty years before, after a little chitchat, he asked if I would like to buy Amway from him.

But at least he didn't interrupt anything but supper.

Sharon

Don said...

On one contract, a former employee collected the names and phone numbers of the staff before leaving, and gave them to his friends in the boiler room stock companies.
I always enjoyed getting calls from heavy breathing stock hustlers touting the Next Big Thing, especially when the guys and gals on the factory are waiting for me to finish updating the manufacturing drawings and my manager is pacing back and forth in front of my cube.
Thank you for doing the right thing.

 
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