If the penalty is lose 3 staff cards or 7 points and you only have 2 staff cards in hand...
1. Can you ditch those 2 plus one you've played? Or do they all have to be from your hand?
Penalty: You must either return 3 Staff cards
from your hand to the bottom of the Staff
card pile or lose 7 Victory Points.
2. Can you just ditch your hand and be done, or since you don't have 3 in hand, are you required instead to lose the 7 points?
The penalty part usually shows 2 options. If one of
them is not possible, you must choose the other.