Going Bananas

At Tel Aviv’s municipal hospital patients must first be interviewed by a nurse before being admitted, where the nurse asks among other things if the new patient suffers from any allergies.

If they do, the nurse obtains a special allergy bracelet which is placed on the patient's wrist as a reference for all of the hospital employees.

On one particular occasion the nurse asked an elderly woman if she had any allergies. The old woman responded by saying that she was unable to eat bananas.

The nurse received a considerable surprise later in the day when the old lady’s irate son, Itzik, came out of the ward demanding, “Who's responsible for labeling my mother 'bananas?'”

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