Well, this is one hell of a comeback to “Whoever smelt it, dealt it.”
A nurse at London’s Ealing Hospital was attempting to sue her employer for wrongful dismissal, according to Newsweek , including the claim that the workplace secretly hypnotized her into passing gas.
Xandra Samson who — no surprise!– lost her case, said she believed her “private parts” were being “inappropriately attacked,” and that she was being “gaslighted through the use of low-frequency soundwaves.”
“I would like to report an observed pattern of likely inappropriate use of hypnosis/ideomotor phenomenon in my NHS [National Health Service] workplace,” wrote Samson, a nurse in the hospital’s Acute Medical Unit (AMU), in her tribunal report statement, reported Newsweek.
“I am a healthy individual and do not have any past medical history, but recently I have had various symptoms including headaches, breathing difficulty (a feeling of getting choked), and gastrointestinal disturbance (borborygmus, spasms, flatulence).
Samson said her “altered states of consciousness” might have originated in the building’s heating and ventilation system.
She also wrote about seeing a van in the parking lot near where she works “that carries what appears to be audio equipment.”
Needless to say, Edgar Swart, divisional head of nursing at St Mark’s Hospital, dismissed Samson’s claims, describing them as “disturbing.”
“From the letter, it was clear to me that something was not quite right,” he summed up in what might be the understatement of the year.