I may have posted this anecdote before, but every year I am reminded of it and have to share the laugh.
Many years ago I worked at a hospital.
It was summer in the south, so there was always some insect crawling into the front entrance.
I worked IT and was on my way through the lobby to fix a computer elsewhere in the hospital.
There was a record sized roach that I swear had hair crawling across the floor.
Normally, I think nothing of it and step on it and move on…but this one was big and intimidating.
I gave it plenty of room.
There was a lady in the lobby, older and shorter than I giving me the stink eye for not doing anything.
She stared at me as though I was a bug myself, walked over to it, and in a dramatic fashion jumped and slammed her foot down to squash the offending visitor out of existing.
The bug took flight right up her skirt.
I turned and entered the first door to present itself. A friend of mine was there checking in a patient. Seeing me, “Mark, what are you doing here?”
Well, I think that is what he said.
I heard “Mark, what…” Interrupted by blood curdling shrieking coming from the lobby I just exited.
I calmly explained to him that I don’t exist and was never here.
He pointed me to the back door of registration and I left to head back to IT.
I took the long way around the hospital for the rest of the day, making sure no patient or visitor saw me.
I never did learn exactly what happened in the lobby after I left. I was told it involved stripping, but can’t confirm it.
The beautiful thing was that the security camera system was what I was going to fix.
There was no footage of the lobby that day.
So no, I cannot confirm or deny anything odd going on in the lobby that day.