At the end of the tax year, theIRS office sent an inspector to audit the books of a local hospital.
While the IRS agent was checking the books, he turned to the CFOof the hospital and said, "I notice you buy a lot of bandages. What do youdo with the end of the roll when there's too little left to be of anyuse?"
"Good question," noted the CFO. "We save them upand send them back to the bandage company and every once in a while, they sendus a free roll."
"Oh," replied the auditor, somewhat disappointed thathis unusual question had a practical answer. But on he went, in his ownobnoxious way.
"What about all these plaster purchases? What do you do withwhat's left over after setting a cast on a patient?"
"Ah, yes," replied the CFO, realizing that the inspectorwas trying to trap him with an unanswerable question. "We save it and sendit back to the manufacturer and every so often they will send us a free bag ofplaster."
"I see," replied the auditor, thinking hard about how hecould fluster the know-it-all CFO. "Well," he went on, "What doyou do with all the remains from the circumcision surgeries?"
"Here, too, we do not waste," answered the CFO."What we do is save all the little foreskins and send them to the IRSoffice, and about once a year they send us a complete prick."