Thursday, December 9, 2004

Civic Duty

I have always willingly served my Jury Duty, even looked forward to it. And I always get picked to sit on a jury. I have sat on 2 civil and 1 criminal and have learned alot of interesting things (one civil involved a Major League Umpire!), and met alot of interesting people. But this time they have gone too far! I am on "call in" every evening after 5pm (according to the summons), I am supposed to call an 800 number and key in my Juror Id Number and it tells me whether I need to report the next day. Well, all was going weel, no reporting Mon or Tues or Wed. Wednesday evening (December 8 mind you), I kept getting a recording that said "This is notice for those who were told to call in on December 7th after 7pm." It went on to say my group number (15) was to call in on December 8 after 7pm to see if they should report. Okay that was my first call at 5:01 p.m. So I waited until 7:02 and called back. Same message. 7:33 same and so on throughout the night to the point where I have my 9-digit JID number memorized and can recite the message by heart. Finally at 5:30 a.m. I am getting up to start getting ready for work (big training today with all the Principals and Secretaries) and now the recording says my group should report at 9a.m. Which I find a little strange, such a late reporting time, but hey, who am I? I arrive at 9:02 (yes, Kathy I got a parking spot and yes it was far!), and the person behind the counter snottily tells me that I was supposed to be there at 7:30. That just got me a little riled. I informed her of my experience the night before and she shifted gears and went to check with the actual court. Came back and said "Oh yeah, I see from the computer that you called 15 times last night and that there was a bit of a problem with the call in system. You will have to come back tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. WHAT!?!?! I am here now, I have a sub at my desk and I am not showing up to a training with the superintendent LATE! So I call Kathy and vent to her because she is a part of the system.

Driving home I had visions of laundry, cleaning and shopping in my head. But alas all I really did was finish my book (In Her Shoes).

1 comment:

  1. And did Kat take all the blame as part of the system or just commiserate? Now you can start Little Earthquakes; it is the best one.