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Your Friend, the Barber.

Riddles are little poems or phrases that pose a question that needs answering. Riddles frequently rhyme, but this is not a requirement.

 

Puzzle ID:#43580
Fun:*** (2.55)
Difficulty:** (1.77)
Category:Riddle
Submitted By:xmumgb*****

 

 

 



It is best to try to avoid me, as you make your way through life.
But, if you chance to meet me, don't give me any strife.
Just co-operate and do as I say and your suffering will be less.
And you will be able to get on with your life with less damage to your flesh.
When I am not actually plying my trade, I blend in with the mob.
You would not be able to pick me out. My clothes give no hint to my job.
But then, when I am dressed for work, I stand out like a thumb.
There is no doubt of my purpose, or why it is I've come.
I wear a mask, I carry a knife, and I sometimes use a gun.
And then I take your money. Sorry, but that's how it's done.
I often am a wanted man, but not by you, I trust.
When finished, I often hug your spouse, but it's nothing to do with lust.
It's just another part of my job. Something I'm expected to do.
Maintaining good public relations is a part of my job, too.
So guess what I am, don't be afraid. You've nothing to fear from me.
The more of my subjects to survive, the better my record will be.


Answer

I am a surgeon.

The title refers to the early days, when doctors were physicians. The risky and messy business of surgery was carried out by barbers, hence the red and white barber's pole, in memory of the blood-soaked bandages. In many countries the surgeon is still given the honorable title of Mister, in memory of the earlier practitioners.

The gun in the clues, refers to the staple gun, which modern surgeons use in place of many of the old fashioned sutures.

I take your money, is obvious, and don't yell that you have free medical care or insurance. The money paid to doctors comes from insurance companies or the government. Either way, whether from premiums, or taxes, it is your money.

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