Because "too far" is different for everyone. It's also different based on who does the joking, and how you feel that day. x___x
I think you just have to be aware of the mood and preferences of the person you're with. You can't always avoid insulting someone, but if you're paying attention you can try. >>
TOO FAR FOR DIANA... I don't like threats of ANY kind, even when you're not serious. I get twitchie. .__.; Um... Diana-make-fun-of jokes are funny until they happen too often in a small timeframe and collide with one of my emo days. Jokes about me being dumb will hurt my feelings the most on those days. t___t Otherwise I can take it with grace even if I do roll my eyes.
One of my colleagues is so socially awkward, that he drew a cartoon in a patient chart for a progress note. The patient was clinically declining (i.e., dying) and this student had the gall to draw in a tombstone in his note.
One, all notes that go into a chart are legal documents. You write clean, you write appropriately. You do not write in opinions and certainly not cartoons.
Two, that was just really, really stupid.
So, I guess this guy thought it was funny. Yeah......