Hospitals have changed over the years.
The accommodations may rival hotels rather than the basic hospital settings of twenty or thirty years ago which didn’t offer much except medical care.
Now, it appears the accommodations are so good that some people don’t want to leave. The Oak Lawn police were recently called to the hospital when a discharged patient allegedly refused to leave. The patient had discharge papers but was allegedly adamant that his doctor had not signed the documents. The police explained that the discharge was valid but the man claimed the documents were “fake”.
The officer attempted to convince the man to leave and the hospital staff was able to get the doctor on the phone. However, the patient allegedly didn’t want to talk to the doctor after previously claiming that he would only speak with the doctor. The staff provided the patient with a bus pass, offered to call a cab to take him home or to another hospital but he refused, allegedly stating:
You’re going to have to roll the bed out because I’m not getting up.
The patient allegedly continued to refuse to leave even after a police Sargent arrived and explained that he would be arrested if he didn’t leave. The man told the officers to “do what you have to do” and said he would not leave voluntarily. The hospital staff signed a complaint for trespass and the man was arrested fro criminal trespass to real property. He was identified as Joseph Black, a 24 year old black man with a Harvey address.
720 ILCS 5/21-3 defines criminal trespass to property as follows:
(a) A person commits criminal trespass to real property when he or she:
(1) knowingly and without lawful authority enters or remains within or on a building;
(2) enters upon the land of another, after receiving, prior to the entry, notice from the owner or occupant that the entry is forbidden;
(3) remains upon the land of another, after receiving notice from the owner or occupant to depart;…….
The offense listed above is only a class B misdemeanor.