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Grrr.

Got a jury summons today. Thankfully, it is after my project launch and several days after Michael's surgery. Maybe I'll get a chance to do some reading.

I just have one question though - $6 freaking dollars a day???? It's not that important to me, but how do they expect people who are depending on minimum wage or raising kids on their own to live on $6 a day, when they have to find childcare from 8-5 every day? Maybe it's just me, but I think they should at least pay minimum wage to jurors.

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elbobo
Aug. 18th, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC)
Ok...let's try this again...my brain is totally fried today...that was the comment to a different post...my comment to this post was supposed to be:
I just finished submitting the paperwork for US District Court's Jury Duty. Wow...I had misread the info...I just assumed it was $6/hour...$6 a day is worthless...that's about 1/2 of what is costs to park in one of the downtown lots and add the price of gas and it is quite an expensive day. That makes it hard for me since I want to serve on a jury...I just love the fact that as a juror you get to vote your conscience NOT the law...you could agree that the person did said crime...but if you don't think said crime should be a crime you can find the person not guilty. I love that...it's only a very small step and doesn't effect change as a whole...but it really would make me feel good. :)
trshtwns01
Aug. 19th, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)
US District Court might be different pay. For example, someone else said in their area they get $100 a day. They just don't pay you crap here. I'm hoping it was a typo and it's actually $6 an hour instead of per day. Per day would SUCK. Doesn't even buy you lunch.

Like I said - at least I would get to read.
tall_driver
Aug. 18th, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this sort of compensation is completely unreal. It's not even equal to minimum wage in many states.
trshtwns01
Aug. 19th, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)
Nowhere NEAR. That's not quite 67 CENTS an hour. :)
genebob
Aug. 19th, 2005 01:09 am (UTC)
what is Jury Service like in Collin County, anyhoo? You get fresh-baked croissants and as much Starbucks coffee as you can drink, right?

Here in Dallas County, we go a central location, then they send juries to either the Juvenile Facility, or Lou Sterett (the jail) much of the time. While you're there, they vandalize your car. AND you only get paid after the first day (since most juries are done by then).
trshtwns01
Aug. 19th, 2005 03:14 am (UTC)
I expect you to meet me at 8 every morning with a Grande Caramel Lite Frap. I like my croissants with just the RIGHT amount of flake. ;)

Yeah, I've been to Sterett. Don't care to go back. Let me clarify, I've bailed someone out of Sterett, not BEEN in Sterett. *laugh*
semantique
Aug. 19th, 2005 03:03 am (UTC)
What surgery is Michael having?
trshtwns01
Aug. 19th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)
Heh. Ummm. Well.

He's getting a little snip-snip for medical reasons. If you get my drift. :) We left our boys intact, and Michael has some scar tissue that has kept him from progressing the way he is supposed to. It's starting to cause him some problems, so we're taking care of it.
semantique
Aug. 19th, 2005 03:20 am (UTC)
Wow. *If* I get your drift when I'll tell you we also pondered what to do at birth. Our biggest factor was we thought Mason should/would want to look like his daddy. That and all the possible medical weirdness that can happen later.

trshtwns01
Aug. 19th, 2005 03:37 am (UTC)
Yes, Matthew isn't have the lease bit of problem. We think Michael might not have either, but he appears to have had some sort of 'trauma' (they say it could have been running into something or something as simple as that), and we know he has done that several times. Without that trauma, he probably would have been fine as well.

Now I'm trying to explain to a four year old that he will now look more like daddy, but will look different from his twin.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 19th, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC)
snip, snap, snorum
so you're going to having surgery to add a BEARD to Michael? (I'm *sure* that's what you mean).

-g

PS: I know you didn't mean [pony tail], since Dad had that "snipped" several months ago.
oddharmonic
Aug. 19th, 2005 11:54 pm (UTC)
In Colorado, I filed a claim to be compensated for childcare and travel (at 38 cents a mile, IIRC), so I was 'paid' around $240 for six days of jury duty in 2002.

The downside is that the check wasn't issued until two months afterward, so it delayed us returning to North Carolina (Laurel and I stayed with family in Colorado while Himself was deployed overseas) since I spent the money I had saved for travel costs on a babysitter.
genebob
Aug. 26th, 2005 08:30 pm (UTC)
seen this scam advisory?

Scam: Identity thieves trick the unwary into revealing their personal details by telling them they've failed to report for jury duty and warrants for their arrest are being issued.

http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp
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