|Parking ticket means summon in America; |
for us it means parking fee.
I reported to 'work' the following Monday at Mobile City Hospital. Dr. Youniss was at her office, in full white doctor
|Donated blood goes through |
I turned up for 'work' for the next 4 days, entered some 100 records on second and third day before racking up something like 120 on day four. I learnt quite a lot on the demography of the donors - where they come from - Daphne, Saraland, Chickasaw,Theodore, Tillmans Corner, Fairhope etc.; mixed of Whites, Blacks, Asians and Hispanics; their southern double rhymed names like Abby Gail, Mary Jane, Billie Jean, Rita Mae, Billy Joe, John Boy, etc. and also their education levels - most did not even finished high school. Again, like clock work, works stopped at 10 am. I guessed it was the same anywhere in the world in governmental office when it comes to coffee break.
On the final day, as I was happily keying away, a disturbed Stella stormed into the office and slammed a heavy stack of files on the desk and gave a huge sigh. "Max, I am sorry. I was given the wrong file to enter. Those data you had keyed in had been those diagnosed with disease and they should not be entered into the database. We have to erase all of them", she told me in halting tone to her voice. Well, all my 20 hours 'work' just vanished in a second when the reality sunk in. My mind was racing how could such thing happened. Luckily I was not handed HIV positive contaminated blood cards to key in, else it will be disaster. Stella continued "I was hoping that you will continue to key in this stack". No way as I had done enough hours for my community service duty. I started to erase those data one by one as told. I completed them and clocked out on time. Stella stamped and initialled the form and bade goodbye. I tried to seek out Dr Youniss but she was not in her office. I managed to thank her during class. Later I mailed the completed form back to my local community police department.
|$60 cannot buy my community service |
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