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#16 McKay

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 18:05

So her colleagues put a mustache on her. She should have handled it through her HR manager. She works there after all. 




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Posted 16 September 2013 - 18:12

So her colleagues put a mustache on her. She should have handled it through her HR manager. She works there after all. 

Maybe she did and they didn't do anything about it.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 23:06

There's a couple of things in this story: putting a mustache stickers on a anesthetized patient, while taking photos and moving the patients head simulating a sexual scene and distributing those photos among the colleagues? Not only it's wrong, unacceptable (because that person is vulnerable while unconscious) and violates the patients privacy but dangerous as well, since we don't know if those props were sterilized; it's a surgery after all.

 

Also i find incredible disgusting that, because that person worked there, it's OK to do this kind of things; saying it's poor judgement is a joke. She should be treated as a patient, not a co-worker. And i guess that she feels humiliated by working there again seeing the same coworkers.... :/

 

Also the article says that her co-workers didn't report this incident, the hospital attitude is very defensive and they find it's not a big deal because the physician had a good working relationship with the plaintiff...disgusting, to say the least.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 23:20

The biggest issue I see here is the lack of professionalism.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 16:06

Oh, we should just be ok with this level of unprofessionalism on the part of medical staff?  No, this should be reported, and these people punished.  The surgeon's table is not a playhouse. 

 

I never said it was acceptable, I was saying that because she made a huge deal about it, that pic is going to circulate the internet and media outlets forever, she couldve just the same kept it between her, her lawyer, and the hospital's legal department.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 16:11

at first i was thinking harmless, but after much thought, i too feel it would be extremly distasteful and looks incrediblely stupid on the professionals involved... these are not frat parties and these are not teens passed out from alcohol having fun....



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 16:15

This was an unprofessional and childish thing to do, and shouldn't be tolerated.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 16:18

Although, I will say, my colleagues and I play pranks on each other all the time. Maybe they thought she had more of a sense of humour. I'd probably laugh and start plotting my revenge. If this were a random patient, fine, but it's her friends having a bit of a laugh. No harm was done... I don't see the big deal. Worst that should happen is they realise she took it wrong, apologise, take her out for lunch or something. Suing? Putting careers in jeopardy? Please. I hate that we aren't allowed to have harmless fun anymore.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 16:31

So if you work at a hospital, you are subject to pranks while unconscious and its suddenly ok and acceptable because you are an employee?  Were those prank items sterilized and suitable for an operation?

Come on, dude. You ask us to be reasonable when we are discussing medical professionals using an unconscious human being as a play thing? This is unacceptable and I can't imagine if you were the victim of it you'd have such a happy-go-lucky attitude about it.

I never said such behaviour was acceptable—clearly it isn't—but we're talking about a harmless prank here. People do all sorts of things to people who pass out drunk but that doesn't warrant a lawsuit for emotional damage. I stand by my previous statement. The charges made in the lawsuit are ridiculous and clearly not merited by what actually happened.

 

I have a feeling those that see no issue with this have never had surgery.

Nonsense. I've been in surgery and don't consider this to be a major issue. Would I have liked it to happen to me? No. Would I file a lawsuit and try to get the people involved fired? Absolutely not.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 16:40

The act is on a par to bullying in the workplace and should not be tolerated in the slightest.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 16:45

I never said such behaviour was acceptable—clearly it isn't—but we're talking about a harmless prank here. People do all sorts of things to people who pass out drunk but that doesn't warrant a lawsuit for emotional damage. I stand by my previous statement. The charges made in the lawsuit are ridiculous and clearly not merited by what actually happened.

 

Nonsense. I've been in surgery and don't consider this to be a major issue. Would I have liked it to happen to me? No. Would I file a lawsuit and try to get the people involved fired? Absolutely not.

I bet if someone drew balls on your chin and passed it out to coworkers, you would.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 16:50

reminds me of the case where the doctor shaved a lady's pubs into a heart shape. The lady sued the hospital. She had to get the pubs shaved for the operation but it didnt have to be heart shaped.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 16:52

I bet if someone drew balls on your chin and passed it out to coworkers, you would.

Ha! That'd be awesome. Honestly, I'd go to a different hospital if I didn't want this to happen--I'd expect it from my coworkers. Just like if my computer breaks here, I'm not asking them to fix it, they'd give it back with seventy gigs of porn, the mouse set up for left hand use, and the system font in traditional Chinese. Without my account set up as an admin :laugh:



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 17:00

I bet if someone drew balls on your chin and passed it out to coworkers, you would.

No, I wouldn't. I'm not driven by the capitalist desire to acquire more wealth at all costs. Depending on the circumstances I might demand a formal apology. It's bizarre that people think the appropriate way to deal with a situation like this is with a lawsuit.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 17:48

I never said it was acceptable, I was saying that because she made a huge deal about it, that pic is going to circulate the internet and media outlets forever, she couldve just the same kept it between her, her lawyer, and the hospital's legal department.

 

Why should she, since the pranksters apparently didn't?