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Doctors use medical equipment to steal from hospital vending machine



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Surgeons in Darwin have been given a slap on the wrist for using endoscopy equipment to steal chocolate from the hospital’s vending machine.

‘Theft is a crime and next time the police will be notified,’ the note taped to the vending machine by the hospital’s theatre committee threatened.

A endoscopy is a procedure that allows surgeons to look inside the body using a long, flexible tube with a bright light and a video camera on the end.



graphical user interface: Surgeons in a Darwin hospital have been warned not to use their endoscopy equipment to steal chocolate from a vending machine


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Surgeons in a Darwin hospital have been warned not to use their endoscopy equipment to steal chocolate from a vending machine

Patients will undergo an endoscopy to diagnose diseases and to screen for and prevent cancers in body parts such as the esophagus, stomach, and colon. 

The instrument the poster suggests was used to steal the chocolate is called an endocatch, a polyurethane net used to isolate and contain specimens during surgery. 



a close up of a device: Pictured: An 'endocatch' used during an endoscopy procedure


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Pictured: An ‘endocatch’ used during an endoscopy procedure

The photo attracted hundreds of comments from Reddit users who were divided on whether the poster was a practical joke, or cause for concern.

The person who shared the image captioned it: ‘I hope those surgeons in Darwin are sterilising their instruments first’.

Some commenters said they were impressed by the doctors’ ability to manoeuvre the chocolate bars using the surgical tools. 

‘I’d be quietly impressed and reassured if I knew my surgeon was able to extricate a chocolate bar from 3ft with 2x 90⁰ bends.. one posted. 

Other Reddit users were concerned the endoscopy instruments were not being sterilised correctly. 

‘I just hope they sterilise the endoscope afterwards. I’m not really concerned about the vending machine getting sepsis’, one user wrote. 

‘I’m not sure what worries me most, that people actually tried doing this or that so many have been doing it that a sign was needed’, another added. 



A endoscopy is a procedure that allows surgeons to look inside the body using a long, flexible tube with a bright light and a video camera on the end


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A endoscopy is a procedure that allows surgeons to look inside the body using a long, flexible tube with a bright light and a video camera on the end

‘I should hope so, Gastroenterologists make $200k, they can buy the damn chips’, a commenter replied. 

‘I’d love to work there, that’s my kind of humour’, another user shared. 

But many commenters were more concerned about the outrageous prices of items in the vending machine. 

‘When a 64oz coke is 4 dollary-doos, I’ll risk the write up’, one comment read. 

‘Theft is a crime… $2.50 for a bag of air? Pretty damn criminal’, another user shared. 

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