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Tusk, Tusk, What Big Teeth You Have!

By M Dee Dubroff     Aug 19, 2007 in Lifestyle
Some people go too far for a joke, especially when it comes at someone else’s expense. Here’s a story about one oral surgeon who lived to rue his practical joke from an impractical standpoint. Read on and try not to smile.
Dr. Robert Woo of Auburn, Washington, temporarily implanted fake boar tusks in his assistant, Tina Albert’s mouth while she had been under anesthesia for an implant procedure. He took them out before she awoke, but his telling pictures made a few trips around the water cooler. Miss Alberts was so humiliated when she saw the pictures that she quit her job and decided to make a living by suing her boss.
Woo's insurance company, Fireman's Fun, (what?), refused to cover Miss Albert’s claim. Their position was that implanting boar tusks was intentional and not a normal business activity covered by his policy They couldn’t find any boars who had done the procedure.) Woo settled out of court, agreeing to pay his now rather well off assistant, $250,000. Then, he turned around and sued his insurance company, as boar tusks, in his opinion, should be covered and considered normal business activity.
Believe it or not, the courts agreed with the dentist and ordered the insurance company to pay him $750,000 plus the out-of-court settlement. The insurance company appealed and won the next round with the state Court of Appeals, affirming that the prank was unrelated to modern dentistry.
Here’s the thing. What about that poor boar? Will he sue to get his share of the pie, not to mention his tusks back and …will he win? Perhaps he or she will find the matter all too “boring” to even deal with!
Stay tuned next week at the same time and same station. Perhaps an answer other than the fact that we are all obviously in the wrong line of work will shine through!
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