One day a doctor was enjoying his favorite meal at his local Italian diner. As he was about to tuck in his seafood pasta, he heard the dreaded words.
"Help! Is there a doctor in the building?"
The doctor eventually found himself at a hotel asking for help! | Photo: Shutterstock
Being a very helpful doctor, he immediately got up from his seat and headed to the back of the restaurant, where the manager was standing with a very pale and sickly-looking customer.
"What seems to be the problem?" said the doctor to the manager and customer.
"We've just had two people complain about feeling ill," said the manager, "this woman here, and another man who's in the bathroom."
The doctor turned around to the woman and asked, "How do you feel?"
"Nauseous," said the customer, "I just threw up my whole meal. And I still feel very sick and extremely light-headed."
The doctor thought for a few minutes and reasoned that her symptoms must be connected to food poisoning, so he asked, "What did you eat?"
"Number 9 on the menu, uh, it was the chicken parm. I also had the calamari starter and a side salad," the customer responded.
At this point, the gentleman came out of the bathroom, and the doctor asked him what he had to eat as well. The man responded, "I had the asparagus starter and the chicken parm."
Oh no! It must have been the chicken parm! | Photo: Unsplash/Dillon Kydd
As a third person rushed to the bathroom, the doctor told the two sick patients to have a seat then asked the manager how many people had ordered the chicken parm that day.
The manager looked nervous and said, "7 people. "
The sick customers were starting to look worryingly unwell, so fearing that they may have contracted a deadly and contagious illness, the doctor instructed the manager to call an ambulance.
He also asked the manager to kick the rest of the patrons out so he could spread the sick customers around the dining room and attend to them. However, the manager protested.
This man totally went into doctor mode! | Photo: Pixabay/valelopardo
"We can't kick everybody out. We need the money. We were closed most of last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our restaurant is heavily in debt. There's no way we can close right now."
Understanding that his approach would not work, the doctor racked his brain to figure out where he could put the seven sick people until the paramedics arrived. He quickly remembered that the restaurant was in the same building as a hotel.
He rushed to the hotel's front desk to ask if they had a spare room. The front desk clerk was not cooperative and said, "We have a conference room on the first floor, but it's booked at 4 p.m. There's absolutely no way I can let you use it."
The doctor tried to get help from the hotel. | Photo: Pixabay/Rodrigo Salomón Cañas
At the same time, the Italian restaurant manager came behind the doctor and told him that the ambulance was on its way and that 5 people who ate the chicken parm were showing symptoms, but the other two seemed perfectly fine.
The doctor begged the hotel clerk, "Please, I need a room or an area to place a bunch of sick people from the restaurant next door until the ambulance arrives. Their sickness may be very contagious."
The front desk clerk let out a big sigh and said, "When do you need it?"
The doctor responded, "It's very urgent. I need it now."
Hopefully the ambulance will arrive soon! | Photo: Pixabay/Alina Kuptsova
"Okay, well, for how long?" asked the hotel clerk.
The doctor said, "About 2 hours at the most. The ambulance is on its way."
The front desk clerk looked very confused and said, "Wait. Why do you need the room again?"
Exhausted, the doctor started over again, "Now you need to listen very carefully because I will not repeat myself. I need the room from 1 to 3 for 5 sick, 7 ate 9."
Who doesn't love a classic 7 ate 9 punchline? For another joke, check out this one about an elderly man who could not remember the name of a new restaurant!
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