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Rings From Woman's Amputated Arm Go Missing

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the special-place-in-hell dept.

United Kingdom 11

After suffering horrific injuries in a car accident, 65-year-old Doris Smith had to have her left arm amputated. As if that weren't bad enough, three rings she was wearing on her left hand have now gone missing. Police, ambulance, and hospital staff are investigating the incident, but so far nobody has found a trace of the missing jewelry. Mrs. Smith's son said, "You'd like to think nobody would have stolen them with the state my mum was in. It's not so much the financial value of them — it's the sentimental value."

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11 comments

WTH? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31913340)

how is that news for nerds, stuff that matters?

Re:WTH? (2, Insightful)

Kitkoan (1719118) | more than 4 years ago | (#31916024)

how is that news for nerds, stuff that matters?

Welcome to Slashdot Idle, Idly passing the time away

Hospital Procedure, Property Rights (1)

cheesethegreat (132893) | more than 4 years ago | (#31921414)

The story itself might not seem particularly geek/news/thought-worthy until you start thinking about it.

Hospital Procedure:
What procedures are there to protect property in hospitals? Having worked in an ER, it was often "get a hospital volunteer to put clothes in a brown paper bag and write illegibly what is in there". Surely we could find better and more secure ways of doing this. We're talking about property, wallets, rings etc of a person who may be unconscious and is definitely vulnerable. Can't we do better than a brown bag?

Property Rights:
This goes to questions over tissue rights over removed organs (always a confusing area of law), who is responsible for the property of an unconscious person, and who is responsible for property attached to removed tissue (or a removed arm for that matter).

I'd say it's sufficiently geeky, if you think about it.

Re:Hospital Procedure, Property Rights (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31931882)

I'd say it's sufficiently creepy, if you think about it.

FTFY

Re:Hospital Procedure, Property Rights (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31937862)

No

He's dead Jim (4, Funny)

sjames (1099) | more than 4 years ago | (#31913848)

get his wallet!

Been there, done that (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#31917048)

Wait, this is an old joke, isn't it? "There was this Yuppie who had a terrible accident. The police found him lying on the side of the road, crying "My Mercedes! My Mercedes!" The police pointed out, "Man, why are you moaning about your car, it looks like your left arm has been torn off!" Immediately, the man started yelling "My Rolex! My Rolex!"

Finding them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31945834)

They should let any pawn shops in the area know to keep an eye out for them and watch Craigslist and EBay. A lot to monitor but no way around it.

Clearly unacceptable... (1)

jnaujok (804613) | more than 4 years ago | (#31947428)

This is clearly unacceptable. No hospital should stand for any of their employees stealing the property of an injured person. Because, let's face it, it's in the Hospital's best interest to make sure they've got the rings so they can pawn them to pay off the hospital bills.

In other words, no amateur thieves taking what the Hospital is planning to steal later!

Re:Clearly unacceptable... (1)

DemApples (1770824) | more than 3 years ago | (#31952690)

They probably cut the rings off in anticipation of any potential to re-attach. Doctors aren't real good about looking out for your valuables when they're focused on trying to save your life and/or arm.

Doctors caught stealing jewelry and NOT FIRED (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31947458)

Doctors, typically non-caucasian, have frequently been caught stealing valuable jewelry in emergency rooms.

Sometimes they KILL people if the watch is a high end Rolex : murder charges on Dr Cleveland James Enmon ...

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2009/09/lawsuit_alleges_er_doctor_let.php [sfweekly.com]

That doctor passively killed Jerry Keith Kubena and nurses saw him steal the watch from him. http://www.tributes.com/show/Jerry-Kubena-86051486/ [tributes.com]

Certain people with diverse ethnic backgrounds seem to not only fill prisons far more than other ethnic groups, they also have been caught stealing in the ER rooms.

Even doctors.

As to why they don't get fired, such as Cleveland James Enmon, and others, is because sometimes its hard to fire "certain kinds" of people.

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