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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The pregnant man

BBC reports that "[a] South African man has been fined $140 for taking a week off work, telling his employers he was pregnant." Apparently:

Charles Sibindana, 27, stole a certificate from a clinic during his pregnant girlfriend's checkup, a court near Johannesburg heard.

He then added his own details to the note and submitted it and took seven days off work, seemingly unaware that only women consult gynaecologists.

His employers became suspicious and investigated the matter.
I love the bit about the employers becoming suspicious. I can imagine this scene:

Boss 1: Sleeping Partner, have you noticed that Mr Sibinbandana has been absent for six days now. I am beginning to smell a fish.

Boss 2: Yes, Working Partner, pomfret. That's my lunch. In fact, I have carried out my own investigations, and on perusing Mr Sibinbanditanda's application letter for leave, have concluded that this is a fraud.

Boss 1: Remarkable pestilance, Sleeping Partner. How did you figure out that Mr Siblingsantana has pulled a fast one on us?

Boss 2: Elementary, my dear Working Partner. Mr Sublimetanpura stated in his letter of application that he is pregnant. And that is not possible. [Meaningful pause.] You see, the medical certificate attached to the application stated that he was six months pregnant. And yet, his stomach wasn't bulging at all. That was a dead giveaway.

Boss 1: Indeed, Sleeping Partner, I must commend your powers of observation and deduction. Truly you are smart. I must start eating pomfret.

Yeah, yeah, whatever. Link via email from Arjun Narayan.
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