It's not news to you dentists that there's often a good bit of patient anxiety related to visiting the dentist. Not everyone appreciates the skill you've worked hard to develop and the gentle care you provide. People fashion all kind of excuses to miss or delay their appointment. But this creative excuse is worth passing along! Thanks to Dr Lynne Barbour for sharing the link.
Don't be daunted by this story. You keep doing what you do! This would never happen to an MDA member dentist.
12-year-old fakes own kidnapping to avoid dentist
5 hr ago By Jack Linshi of TIME
When police found a 12-year-old boy in a French alpine village in May, he insisted he’d been kidnapped—only, he hadn’t.
For someone who wasn’t actually kidnapped, the boy described his abductor with imaginative detail: a 1.70 m. muscular European man in his mid 30s, clad in a black shirt and light jeans with a vertical scar on his right cheek had whisked him away, reports The Local.By chance, he managed to escape after his abductor had taken him to a town nearly 100 miles from his home.
For a month, police searched for the alleged kidnapper, but came up short. Their skepticism grew when they reviewed security footage from the boy’s hometown. Finally, they re-questioned him.
This time, he admitted something different: just kidding. In reality, he was too petrified to go to the dentist, so he staged his own kidnapping to get out of the appointment.
No word yet on what his parents have to say.