At the end of the tax year, the Inland Revenue office sent an inspector to audit the books of a local hospital.
While the agent was checking the books he turned to the Accountant of theHospital and said, "I notice you buy a lot of bandages. What do you dowith the end of the roll when there's too little left to be of any use?"
"Good question," noted the Accountant. "We save them up and send them back tothe bandage company and every now and then they send us a free box ofbandages."
"Oh," replied the auditor, somewhat disappointed that his unusual question had a practical answer.
But on he went, in his obnoxious way. "What about all these plaster purchases? What do you do with what's left over after setting a cast ona patient?"
"Ah, yes," replied the Hospital Accountant, realizing that the inspector was trying totrap him with an unanswerable question. "We save it and send it back to themanufacturer, and every now and then they send us a free package ofplaster."
"I see," replied the auditor, thinking hard about how he could flusterthe know-it-all Accountant.
"Well," he went on, "What do you do with all the leftover foreskins fromthe circumcisions you perform?"
"Here, too, we do not waste," answered the Accountant. "What we do is save allthe little foreskins and send them to the Inland Revenue Office, and about once a yearthey send us a complete dick."