This week, a man who posed as a doctor and offered free door-to-door breast exams at a Florida apartment complex in 2006 agreed to a plea deal that will let him serve 1 year in jail, and two years of community control. 81 year old Phillip Winikoff, of Coconut Creek, FL must also register as a sex offender.
According to authorities, at least two women took him up on his generous offer, but “realized something was wrong after the exams started”.
After the exam started? Just at that point they thought something might be amiss? What, pray tell, was their first clue? According to one victim, it was after his hands left her breasts (Excuse me, sir, but THAT is not my breast. Let's stay focused here). She called police. He ran away. Probably didn't even have a chance to issue a diagnosis.
However, he had regained his composure enough to return later that day, and manage to assault another woman.
Now, I cannot fathom what kind of mind it would take to concoct such a ridiculously demented scheme, but I am equally aghast that not one, but at least two people would actually fall for it as well. Far be it for me to dump on the victims, but I am sorry; there are times when common sense and personal responsibility should come into play. So for those of you who may be confused or unsure of how to handle this situation when it inevitably arises in your neighborhood, I offer these three simple “points of guidance”:
Doctors generally do not make house calls
Doctors generally do not conduct free breast exams
Doctors generally do not conduct free breast exams when making house calls
There. I hope that is helpful. I know this advice would have helped me last year. I had no clue when that door to door prostate examiner came knocking.
Now I just feel silly.
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