“However, further inquiries have now revealed the cause of these deaths… It seems that every Friday morning a cleaning lady would enter the ward, remove the plug that powered the patient’s life support system, plug her floor polisher into the vacant socket, then go about her business.” When she had finished her chores, she would plug the life support machine back in and leave, unaware that the patient was now dead. She could not, after all, hear the screams and eventual death rattle over the whirring of her polisher…”
“We are sorry, and have sent a strong letter to the cleaner in question. Further, the Free State Health and Welfare Department is arranging for an electrician to fit an extra socket so there should be no repetition of this incident. The inquiry is now closed.”
I’ve just seen this used as part of a plot line in an old episode of A Touch of Frost. Did real life inspire both? Or is the above a myth, perhaps spawned by the TV show? Guess I’ll never know … still funny though!