lives with her "fiancé"
has been spending the mornings at his "job" (in the case of someone who is paid cash for doing odd jobs at a local business)
his "girlfriend" was observed to be in the apartment
told this writer about several of his "friends"
belongs to a "Kingdom Hall"
What is the deal here? I really wish I could just attribute this to shoddy grammatical skills, but unfortunately I'm familiar with the writing style of all of the people who completed these records (or received a large enough sample to decently assess the writing skills), and none of these individuals seem to be deficient in use of grammar or punctuation. They all seem to have a good command of the language. Good enough, in fact, that they effectively used subtle sarcasm, rather than objectively describing whatever reservations they had about someone's friends or place of employment or place of worship. Which, if they had spelled out in prose, they would have probably realized were inappropriate and not their place to make judgments.
Because, really, what would you write? "Told this writer about several people who he refers to as his friends, but who, in this writer's judgment after a five-minute conversation, are clearly not friends, which indicates that he does not have sufficient judgment in terms of the language he uses to define the people in his life?" Even if it was relevant to note that he was describing dysfunctional relationships, I don't see how it's anyone's place to question the word he uses to define someone's role. Plus, the writer eliminated potentially helpful information, such as whether the person seems to have a strong support system, or maybe doesn't seem to have such supportive friends.
"Lives with someone whom she refers to as her fiancé, except that I can't just accept this at face value, because they haven't shown me any engagement documents, and there's no way I can just trust information from someone in the DMH system, wait, you say there's no such thing as engagement documents? Well in that case..." I can't fathom why the quotes were remotely necessary or appropriate.
"Job"? "JOB"? The only gramatically appropriate use of quotes around this word would be if the person were a prostitute or pimp or drug dealer, and in that case, it clearly isn't appropriate in any type of serious writing. In the case of this guy, why can't we just be pleased that he's doing something with his time that doesn't hurt anyone?
I think the "Kingdom Hall" one offends me the most. Yes, that is in fact what this particular place of worship is called. It does not need to be in quotes. Do you remember that part of ethics class where you learned that if you're not familiar with your client's culture, you get familiar with it? A quick google search would tell you that this is indeed a legitimate place to worship. Hell, even if the person reports that they attend the local Adifjidalofeliv Eudfkmgushdsldn, does it matter if you or I approve of the place?
Next time I get a record like this, I think I'm going to send a reply addressed to the "director of the school" or the "nursing supervisor." Or putting people's credentials in quotes. Or possibly their names.