Wombat : "I'd like to register my appointment please?"
Nurse looks at Wombie's patient card : "You cannot register now. Your appointment is at 10.00am. 10.00am appointments gets registered around 9.30am. The time now is only 8.00am. You are too early."
Wombat : "But can't I register early since I am the first one here? If I register around 9.30am I will end up with an appointment at 12.00 noon."
Nurse : "No, you cannot do that. Registration is now for those with 9.00am appointment."
Wombat : "Look, I am not asking to jump the queue. I just want to be sure I am the first one to get the 10.00am appointment."
Nurse : "You are the first one. Just leave your card in the box and I will register you at 9.30am."
Wait wait wait....
Nurse : "Here you go. That will be RM5.00. You are now registered. Please go to counter 2 to take your number."
Wombat : "Thank you."
At Counter 2...
Nurse : "Here's your number."
Wombat : "But it says No. 5!"
Nurse : "So?"
Wombat : "I was here at 8.00am. I was not allowed to register because my appointment is at 10.00am, due to some logic of your registration system which I will never understand. But since I am the first one here, logic tells me my number should be No. 1, not No. 5!"
Nurse : "Obviously 4 person registered ahead of you."
Wombat : "Look Nurse, before I make a scene, and demand to see your matron or hospital director, please explain to me how these 4 people get to register ahead of me when your registration system obviously forbids it? Or are you trying to tell me something is obviously not so right with your oh-so-sacred registration system here? Do I smell cronyism in the air? Or did something change hands?
Wombat : "Thank you very much. A very good day to you too."