Jury Duty is Costing Me Money!
July 17, 2007
I’ve been summoned for jury duty, my first time going through the process. I called into the informational phone number listed on the summons to find out what time to arrive, where to park, etc. and discovered I was actually going to be losing money while on jury duty!
The courthouse is downtown and the recorded message let me know I would need an all day parking spot. Then it informed me the city would not provide parking, I’d have to find it on my own and I should expect to pay $10 at nearby lots. From what I’ve heard, you are paid $4–5 every day you serve jury duty but that only covers half the cost of parking! If I’m there the rest of the week, I could end up spending $25 on parking. I know its part of my civic duty to participate in the process but it would be nice if they could at least provide somewhere to park.
Another bummer is that the parking lots only take payment in cash. I always put everything on my credit card to earn the rewards so I never carry money on me. I’ll have to make an extra trip to stop by my bank’s ATM to pull out some money, and of course gas prices aren’t getting any cheaper. You can bring your own lunch so at least I won’t have to pay for a meal at noon. I try and stay away from situations that lose money but this is one I can’t avoid. Not only is it something I should do as a citizen but they fine you if you’re a no-show so I’ll be there bright and early, losing money to help keep our streets safe
Update: Jury duty was quite an experience. The two eye opening hours I spent visiting with a reformed drug dealer and gang member made jury duty well worth my time.
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