No, it's not the Wizard of Oz. But it's close.
The Daily Mail (UK) reported March 22, 2009, on a man whose father had died.
A son got so fed up with hospital staff sending letters to his dead father that he took the ashes to an appointment.
Andrew Wild, 44, received more than 20 reminders asking his father Peter to attend kidney clinics at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire – despite repeatedly telling them he had died in 2007 – so he took the urn to one of his own appointments.
He said: ‘The consultant asked how I was feeling. I said I was OK, then produced dad’s ashes and asked, “But what can you do for him?”
You gotta love it!
The hospital has since apologized.
And just in case you think it only happens with socialized medicine, I heard a story a couple months ago of something similar happening here.
The woman's father-in-law passed away, and the family divided up the various tasks. Her job was to notify all the utilities and insurance and other companies that sent him bills. It all went fine until she called the phone company. They requested a copy of the death certificate, which she faxed to them, and they assured her that it would be taken care of.
A month later, she and her grandkids stopped at Dad's house for something. The granddaughter picked up the phone and announced that it worked. So the lady called the phone company later from home to get Dad's service stopped.
"I'm sorry, but we can't cancel phone service unless the customer himself calls to cancel."
"Well, he's dead. He won't be calling."
"Let me put you through to a supervisor."
So she explained the situation to the supervisor, who said, "I'm sorry, but we can't cancel phone service unless the customer himself calls to cancel."
"HE'S DEAD! I'm just trying to help you, so you're not trying to collect money from someone who won't be paying."
"You know, it's a black mark against his credit if he doesn't pay his bills."
She gave up. They'll figure it out eventually.