Why Yes, I Am a Terrible Person..

juryJury Duty.

Does anyone look forward to it? I don’t. I haven’t been called that often (you can read about one time here and another here) but I always show up. A week after my birthday I received a phone message telling me that I needed to call in to this number with my pin number and ID, etc., etc., etc. The message ended with a notation that if I had not received a paper summons that this message was sent in error and I should disregard it. Well, I had no paper, so I disregarded as directed.

Needless to type, I received a letter in the mail two weeks ago from the courts reading that I had to show up at the corner of Crack and Addicted at 8:30 am today to explain why I wantonly ignored my civic duty by not calling in. Uhhhm, because either you didn’t actually mail it to me or our lovely postal people forwarded it into another dimension? Sooo, I am facing possible fine or even jail time or worse, service.

I do have two things going for me. Not only do my employers not pay for Jury Service, but I’d have to pay to have someone cover for me so there is a financial hardship. Second, I think that the service is at traffic court, so even if I’m chosen the trials invariably are a one-day affair. But I plan upon making myself as unappealing as a potential juror as possible.

Now I won’t be so disrespectful that I’ll be wearing shorts, but I might give myself a healthy spritz of MKK. Or better yet. Fermez yes Yeux (you knew I would get scent in there somewhere..)

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7 Comments
Diana August 16, 2014

My company pays me for the days that I attend jury duty so I was happy to go there, bring my laptop along, and get some work done without all the interruptions and meetings that being at the office brings. Was a terrific 3 days. :-)

Laurels August 16, 2014

The last time I was called, a few years ago, they announced that they were looking for jurors for a long trial, and asked everyone who could serve for at least four weeks to line up at the window. The line was so long that I was excused before I got halfway there. High unemployment rates are good for something, I guess.

Kandice August 16, 2014

OMG! I was just called too and I must also be a terrible person because I will do whatever I can to get out of it! I love the idea of Cannabis Rose - do you think that would work? :-) Best of luck!

Jackie b August 16, 2014

Cannabis Rose? I have never been called, but it would certainly disrupt my life so am not complaining!

tammy August 15, 2014

I love jury duty, but never get chosen, because I am terrible about assuming people must have done something to get arrested. I am fair minded, and would not have any problem focusing in on whatever the actual issue was, but it's pretty hard to get arrested (to the extent of needing a trial) for not doing anything whatsoever. Oddly enough, it's always the prosecution who excuses me. (Which makes me think they're over-reaching) I was going to suggest Secretions Magnifique, but that right there MIGHT get you arrested for mere suspicion!

malsnano86 August 15, 2014

I've been called for jury duty three times now. First time, I was nursing a baby under six months and was able to get out of it by explaining that situation. Second time, it was for regional circuit court and I was never even required to drive the hour there, because all the cases I might have been needed for pled guilty. Third time I was summonsed for the local court and only had to show up once. Luckily, I wasn't selected for that jury either.