Monday, October 15, 2012

Help 'em and bill 'em

A doctor and a lawyer were talking at a party.

Their conversation was constantly interrupted  by people describing their ailments and asking  the doctor for free medical advice.

After an hour of this, the exasperated doctor asked the lawyer, "What do you do to stop people from asking you for legal advice when you're out of the office?"

"I give it to them," replied the lawyer, "and then I send them a bill."

The doctor was shocked, but agreed to give it a try.

The next day, still feeling slightly guilty, the doctor prepared the bills.

When he went to place them in his mailbox, he found a bill from the lawyer.


Jan said...


Ken said...

There is an architect in Australia who does that. When people at parties etc ask for his opinions he offers to send them some ideas, and then charges several thousand dollars. If they don't pay, he takes them to court, and wins.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Really? Hardly sounds ethical.
One would think that per the law a customer has to be aware that he is buying, and given some fair idea of the price.

Tommy said...

Ya EO, you'd think so but not really.

When I was creating my computer business, I went to "interview" a lawyer, which I clearly stated, to see if I wanted to work with this person.

I got a bill, which I was forced to pay. Of course, he is NOT my lawyer...