extenuating circumstances

While conducting some business at the Courthouse, I overheard a lady, who had been arrested for assaulting a Mammogram Technician, say, "Your Honor, I'm guilty but...there were extenuating circumstances."
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> The female Judge said sarcastically, "I'd certainly like to hear those extenuating circumstances." I did too soooo... I listened as the lady told her story.
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> "Your Honor, I had a mammogram appointment, which I actually kept I was met by this perky little clipboard carrier smiling from ear to ear and she tilted her head to one side and crooned, "Hi! I'm Belinda! All I need you to do is step into this room right here, strip to the waist, then slip on this gown. Everything clear?"
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> I'm thinking, "Belinda, try decaf. This ain't rocket science." Belinda then skipped away to prepare the chamber of horrors.
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> With the right side finished, Belinda flipped me (literally) to the left and said, "Hmmmm. Can you stand on your tippy toes and lean in a tad so we can get everything?" Fine, I answered.
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> I was freezing, bruised, and out of air, so why not use the remaining circulation in my legs and neck to finish me off? My body was in a holding pattern that defied gravity (with my other breast wedged between those two 4 inch pieces of square glass) when I heard and felt a zap!
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> Complete darkness, the power was off!
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> Belinda said, "Uh-oh, maintenance is working, bet they hit a snag." Then she headed for the door.
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> "Excuse me! You're not leaving me in this vise alone are you?" I shouted.
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> Belinda kept going and said, "Oh, you fussy puppy...the door's wide open so you'll have the emergency hall lights. I'll be right back."
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> Before I could shout NOOOO! She disappeared. And that's exactly how Bubba and Earl, "maintenance men Extraordinaire" found me...half-naked with part of me dangling from the Jaws of Life and the other part smashed between glass!
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> After exchanging a polite Hi, how's it going type greeting, Bubba (or possibly Earl) asked, to my utter disbelief, if I knew the power was off.
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> Trying to disguise my hysteria, I replied with as much calmness as possible, "Uh, yes, I did but thanks anyway."
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> "OK, you take care now" Bubba replied and waved good-bye as though I'd been standing in the line at the grocery store.
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> Two hours later, Belinda breezes in wearing a sheepish grin. Making no attempt to suppress her amusement, she said, "Oh I am sooo sorry!
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> The power came back on and I totally forgot about you! And silly me, I went to lunch. Are we upset?"
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> And that, Your Honor, is exactly how her head ended up between the clamps...."
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> The judge could hardly contain her laughter as she said "Case Dismissed".
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