Don't you know, this is how I spend all my breaks on my jobs? Bathrooms and food are not required!

THE WITNESS: Then procedure is skin treatment done, skin checked, clean and examined for any redness or open areas. Dermagran ointment applied to inguinal area and buttocks every shift. Baza Cream 2 percent AF applied to right heel as a skin barrier.
THE REPORTER: If you read just a little slower, I wouldn't have to interrupt so much.
MS. ATTORNEY: And during the breaks, since these are typed, I bet you can clean it up by actually looking at the typed record.

Witness: nurse from the Phillipines (says repositioned like REP-PO-SISHONED, scarring sounds like scary. I can't tell you how many times I wrote "no scary present" and thought what????)
room: in nursing home conference room with loud fan blowing, it's hot, about 200 degrees.
me: bad hungry headache because no breakfast and no lunch break and it's now 1:14 p.m.

I survived and am now reliving the whole day by transcribing it, but am now in my pajamas laughing.

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Comment by Andrea "Andi" Simonis on May 28, 2009 at 23:41
I always say that it's my job and preference to get it down the first time. Then they read faster......
Comment by Quyen on May 27, 2009 at 18:22
I've experienced delights such as this lawyer, and I tell them, "I'd rather not have to take the time to scour through the documents and type this up again, so please read slowly and clearly." :)
Comment by Mary Vazquez on May 27, 2009 at 13:15
I'm glad you can laugh about it now. If it was me I would have concentrated really hard on rupturing that attorneys' spleen with my eyes. Okay maybe not the spleen but at least some serious stomach spasms.
Comment by Glen Warner on May 27, 2009 at 12:46
Perhaps saying something like, "I guess you were absent the day the class about court reporters was given, huh?" might have more impact.

If not, there's always the "up close and personal" tripod examination technique ... but if improperly applied, you may have to repeat the deposition another day! :o)

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