A patient was being reviewed for possible release from the mental hospital.
At his interview, when they asked him what he would do if he was released, he replied, “I am going to make a slingshot and then come back here and break every damn window in the place.”
Obviously, his release was denied as you can well imagine.
Six months later, the board was again considering his release and again they asked him the same question.
His reply was the same. “I am going to make a slingshot and come back here and break every damn window in the place”.
Again, the patient was turned down for release.
Several months later, he was complaining to a fellow patient that he could never seem to get released.
The patient asked him what he said when they interviewed him and he told him.
The patient said, “You will never get released with answers like that. You have to tell them what they want to hear. Let me give you some advice on how to answer them when they ask you questions.”
So, after considerable coaching, the man felt that he was ready.
So when the board met again, they again asked him what he would do if they let him out. But this time he was ready.
He said, “If you release me, I am going to get a job, find an apartment and settle down”.
“That’s good”, the interviewers said, and then what?”
He said, “I want to meet a nice girl and start dating.”
The interviewers agreed the patient was making real progress and asked him, “And then what”?
The patient replied, “One night when we are alone in my apartment, I am going to make passionate love to my girlfriend. I am going to take her dress off and then take her bra off and lie her down on the bed”.
“Yes?”, the interviewers said excitedly.
“Then I am going to gently remove her panties”, the patient continued.
The board members were really getting excited now and asked him, “Then what are you going to do?”
He said, “I am going to take the elastic out of those panties, make myself a slingshot, then come back here and break every damn window in this place!!!
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