Last month, I served four days of jury duty, and one of the first things we had to do was check in and receive our day's payment.
On the first day, the clerk verified my name and address, then asked about my occupation. "Are you at home?" he asked.
I hesitated. I honestly wasn't sure how to answer. I mean, yes, I'm at home with the kids a lot of the time, but I also spend about twenty hours a week away from home at my other job. Which occupation did the court care about?
"Well, yes," I finally answered, "but I work part-time too."
Since a person can only be listed with one occupation, he said he'd leave it as it was. I took my fifteen dollars and went on with the rest of my day.
The next day, we went straight to the juror's room and didn't get our money until lunchtime, at which point we had to sign next to our names on a list. Occupations were also listed, and next to my name it said "homemaker."
It bothered me and I've spent weeks thinking about exactly why it bothered me and have yet to come up with a reason.
continued at The Great Walls Of Baltimore
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