Daily Remarks

How jury duty works on a criminal case

Aug
24

I had jury duty today. I went into it with negative thoughts because I considered it to be a time waster. It is somewhat of a time waster, but it also is interesting when you finally get called in for jury selection. We had to walk over to the building were the case was being held and meet the bailiff. He was a really nice funny Irish guy. The bailiff called us into this large room and separated us out into quantities of 25. My phone wouldn’t turn off so I took out the battery. The prospective jurors were questioned in what they call (voir dire). Voir dire is where you take an oath and agree to tell the whole truth and not perjur yourself.

The judge introduced himself and the different workers in the court. Then the judge gave us a brief description of the case. Then the defense and the prosecution gave us a brief description of the case from their point of view. The judge then asked if we had any problems with judging this kind of case. The most important thing was could we be impartial and judge the case for what it is.

The judge then listed the people who were to be associated with the case, the plaintiff, the arresting officer, and witnesses, etc. and he asked if we knew any of them and would this affect our impartial judgement of the case. Each time the judge would excuse people because they couldn’t be impartial and judge the case because of their feelings.

Then the judge got upset because some of the jurors were using their phones and reading books and not paying attention. (not me) He threatened us all, then explained how important this is and then we went back to the proceedings. I can’t believe people wouldn’t pay attention. The judge said in the beginning that we had to pay attention because we would have to agree or disagree with all past information that was brought before us.

Next the judge stated that the case would take 6 days or so and would this cause an undue burdon on any of us financially. That is when I raised my hand and said that I couldn’t be out of work for 6 days. There were 5 or 6 of us that couldn’t be out for that long. There were two guys that were commissioned sales people. I am self employed so it is very hard to get someone else to open the office and direct the employees for that length of time. The judge let us go back to the jury selection room.

I turned in my badge and they let me go for the day. The waiting was the biggest problem for me. I tend to get bored after 2-3 hours without doing anything as I think most people do. Overall it was a good process. If I had the time and not needed the money I would like to sit through the process to the end.

New Survivorman Show – Beyond Survival with Les Stroud

Aug
23

I always like Survivorman. The new show premiers on Discovery Channel USA on August 27th at 10PMEST and in Canada on OLN September 5th at 8PMEST. Les Stroud travels the world and takes part in tribal rituals and ceremonies and discovers the secrets of how trival culture has survived for thousands of years.

Discovery Channel Site and Information.

Here is Les Stroud, Survivorman’s Website

Drivers takes his half out of the middle

Aug
16

I really hate it when I am trying to turn into a parking lot and the guy who is trying to leave is taking up the whole entrance with his car. If he would have went a little wider then he wouldn’t have taken up the whole entrance. The same thing happens sometimes at corners. I am trying to turn right on a corner and the person turning left at the corner has cut too short and they end up taking up the whole road. Has this ever happened to you?

Customer Damages Product then tries to return it

Aug
14

A customer bought an ac adapter 4 days ago and tried to return it yesterday. The customer pulled the cable lose from the adapter, scratched the top of it, and the bottom of the adapter looked like it had been burnt and they wanted to return it for a refund. Yesterday the customer said that he found his original adapter and needed to return the one he bought from us. I explained that we don’t take back physically damaged equipment. He left without saying a word. The day after daddy shows up and wants to return it. He tells me he wants to return it because it doesn’t work. I explain to him that it is physically damaged and we cannot take returns on damaged equipment. I show him the damage. He then says, “well how do you know it wasn’t damaged when you sold it to me?”. I pulled a brand new adapter out of a box and showed him the condition of it. He still doesn’t budge and says that we have terrible customer service and that I should take it back. I tell him that we can’t and then he pulls the “I am going to report you”. I take a copy of the paperwork and copy it to make sure I have a copy of it. He asks me why I am doing that and I tell him, “I need another copy so that I have it when you do whatever you are going to do”. He then grabs the ac adapter and the paperwork and leaves all the while stating that we haven’t heard the last of him. Isn’t it awesome to be in business? Has this ever happened to you?

Dumpster Divers Leave Trash Outside The Dumpster

Aug
11

I work for a computer company and we have a dumpster out back of the office. We throw stuff away and put it inside the dumpster. People come by and rummage through the dumpster which I don’t mind, but they leave the trash outside the dumpster on the ground when they are finished. Why can’t they put the trash back into the dumpster when they are finished? I have to clean it up at least once per week. The other problem is that we throw stuff into the dumpster. One day there was actually someone in the dumpster and we almost clocked them in the head because we assumed there wasn’t anyone in there. It is almost to the point where I will have to put a lock on the dumpster so that I don’t have to clean up after the dumpster divers. Has this ever happened to you?