An auditee walked into the audit department and said to the auditor, "Do you really have to report these findings?" The auditor explained that they had been discussed with everyone, that everyone agreed there was a problem, and that the findings would have to stay in the report.
The auditee thanked him and walked out. Ten minutes later, the auditee walked back in and said, "Do you really have to report these findings?" The auditor was not particularly happy with the auditee coming right back in and asking, so he was just a little shorter with his answers and then, with gritted teeth said, "Yes, I have to report these findings." The auditee left.
Ten minutes later, the auditee came in one more time and asked "Do you really have to report these findings?" The auditor was livid. With fire dancing behind his eyes and his voice choking back the rage said, "There is a problem, everyone agrees, and it would be a violation of my ethics to not report them. Yes, I have to report them. And if you come in here again and ask, I'm going to nail your feet to the floor." The auditee, slightly horrified, gulped and backed out of the department.
However, ten minutes later, he came in and started, "Do you..." The auditor glared and the auditee stammered, "Do you...you...uh...do you...do you have any nails?"
The auditor was taken aback. "No," he answered.
"Then," the auditee said, "Do you really have to report these findings?"