there are 5 of us in the same department. when pay day arrives, one of my colleagues will collect the cheques & distribute them to the others. but recently, i deposited the wrong cheque & didn't even realised it till much later.
this is how it happened.....
my colleague who collected the cheques passed to me someone else's envelope & then passed mine to the other person. the 3 of us didn't even notice the error because the names on the envelopes are similar.
the 2 of us who received the cheques wrote the our names & account numbers at the back of the wrong cheques without checking.
and, we both deposited the cheques at the banks' machines, again without checking.
having to retrieve the cheques from the bank after several days' lapse meant we'll both get our pay late.
let's hope we don't treat our patients the way we handle cheques!!
incidentally, this reminds me of several Air Crash Investigation episodes on tv. it's almost a ritual - the plane company cuts cost, the maintenance guy changes a wrong-fitting part, the supervisor overlooks, the plane is in the air when the pilot realises something is wrong & soon the plane disappears from the radar screen.
except that this comedy of errors is not so funny.