Monday, April 02, 2007
some guy came into work and asked at the reception to speak to me, so my colleague came to me passing on the message. i walked towards the reception and there was this man standing there shuffling on his feet and fidgeting around with his fingers.
she pointed him out to me and i approached him.
me: 'yes sir how can i help?
man: 'intee white african?' - are you white african?
man: 'yes consultant so and so from blah blah hospital told me about you, he said you would be able to help me out'
me: 'Dr so and so said that?, ok lets see what you need'
man: 'well i just need you to write up these dates for me to say that my daughter was seen at this surgery'.
me: 'ummm ok, give me your daughters date of birth'
man: 'its _ _ _ _ _
so i approached the computer, typed in the date of birth and a name came up, so i got the man to confirm the name which he did, simply enough right? wrong, nothing that we Libyans do can be simple enough.
me: 'ok can i have those dates you requested please'.
so he hands me the piece of paper with the dates.
i made a quick check to see when she actually registered with us, low and behold she registered in late February of this year, she was seen for the first time by the doctor in the middle of March of this year, the dates that this gentleman wanted me to write up for him where all in the first week of February before she even registered with us???????
he basically wanted me to lie and say that she was seen by the Doctor.
when i realised this i told him i couldn't do that, to which he replied:
man: 'but white african your Libyan'
and let the celebrations begin.....
me: 'I'm sorry.
man: 'mish intee leebeeyah? galoolee inik leebeeyah' - aren't you Libyan? they told me your Libyan.
they??? who in the world is they?
me: 'yes i am indeed Libyan, but that will not give me the ticket to do something illegal'
man: 'but i need your help, come on you must'
me: 'walahi i cant, the computer does not lie and the dates on the computer are not the same as those you want me to write up'.
man: (starting to raise his voice) white african no one is going to check the computer, I'm asking for a simple matter that's all'
me: (getting slightly annoyed) 'no i am not willing to do something that will get me into trouble'
man: 'if it helps this letter is being sent to Libya'
oh yeh that changes every thing then....
me: 'sorry, i really need to get back to work, i wont be able to help you I'm afraid'
man: 'some Libyan you turned out to be'
and walked away looking really sad.
i felt guilty for like a second but then i got angry because i was put in that position when i shouldn't have been, why do people do that? do they really think that a person will risk everything for something trivial like dates???
what if it was some sort of alibi that he wanted, or something similar and then i get questioned about it and the surgery gets taken to court, i know that sound ridiculous but such things could happen over something like forging dates.
please tell me i did good in sticking to the right principles and telling him no.