This did not happen in a hospital, but since it involves mental ill health, I decided to let it pass. My dad told me this true story, of a relative of his, who I will call Ben. Ben was extensively treated for a psychiatric disorder and declared fit. This was in the 50s or 60s. He went back to his trade of barbing. It had been his source of income before the unfortunate incident. A relative decided to patronize him(charity begins at home). Back then, there were no clippers. The instrument used was a shrarp knife called “aguwa”.
With his customer’s neck extended over the back of the chair, Ben proceeded to give him a shave, after the hair cut. Suddenly, he stopped and began to laugh hysterically, shaking and slapping his knee.
“What’s so funny?”, his customer asked, quite puzzled.
“You won’t understand”, he replied and laughed some more.
“No, really, tell me”
“The sight of your skinny neck extended over the chair back like that……It just reminded me of the neck of a chicken about to be slaughtered for Xmas lunch!”
“Whaaaaat!”, screamed his customer, springing out of the chair, and flinging away the apron around his neck. “It seems that your illness has started again!”
With that he stormed out and spread the word that Ben had suffered a relapse. No matter how Ben tried to convince people he had only been joking, they wouldn’t take his word for it. What say you? Don’t you think he was kidding?