Thanks, but no thanks

5 Jul

In early May, a letter arrived calling me to Jury duty on May 31st. Knowing how hard it had been getting a sub, I requested, and was granted, a deferral. My new date was July 6th and I would be expected for two days at the East County Courthouse. I was excited because I didn’t have much planned for summer break. Serving in East County was a first …and they had a parking lot!

Jury duty is simultaneously dull and fascinating. There is a lot of sitting and waiting.But there is also the opportunity for people watching and doing the sedentary things I love. I considered the books I would bring along. I was thrilled that circular knitting needles were permitted and began a Christmas project that used them.

Last week, I received an email telling me I was excused.

As I read the message, I chuckled. If you read carefully, you will notice that, in this short message, they tell me FIVE times, that I don’t have to serve. It made me wonder how many people don’t get the message.

A few days later, I got another message:

This message came from a different source, but it tells me TWICE that I don’t have to come.

Tomorrow, instead of sitting on uncomfortable chairs, reading, knitting and watching people, I will be home reading and knitting. Instead of watching people, I’ll be walking my dog and enjoying my neighborhood.

4 Responses to “Thanks, but no thanks”

  1. Trish July 5, 2022 at 9:05 am #

    Wow! I understand the original eagerness and then your surprise at howany times they relayed the same message. Critical reading, anyone???
    Enjoy the day doing what you love at home!

  2. arjeha July 5, 2022 at 3:33 pm #

    The times I was called for jury duty I never got a “Do not come” message. I went, even though I wasn’t picked for a jury. People watching in a court room is certainly an interesting experience.

    • Adrienne July 5, 2022 at 3:50 pm #

      This is a new way of doing things. It used to be all paper, but now it is mostly electronic.

  3. Fran McCrackin July 6, 2022 at 10:28 am #

    Love the gentle humor- “and they have a parking lot” and how you will just be knitting at home now. I also deferred my (grand) jury duty for the summer to avoid getting a sub. It makes me wonder how many teachers do that, in addition to scheduling check-ups etc for non-school days!

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