Most of us consider jury duty an impediment on our jobs and personal life, but we realize it’s a necessary civic duty and comply with the summons. However, over the years, we’ve heard about people who have tried to manipulate jury duty, either to avoid the service, or in some cases to conjure it up. Here are a few strange but true stories:
HR Manager Busted for Jury Duty Scam – This HR manager didn’t try to avoid jury duty, she went out of her way to forge one. Why? She wanted to go on a mini-vacation.
Please, Don't Follow His Lead – In a single affidavit to be excused from jury duty because of work responsibilities, a 36-year old man managed to drop the f-bomb, call court officials "morons," and other outrageous comments.
Surprise! Judge Not Amused by Jury-Service Tab Surprise! – Given a summons for federal jury duty San Antonio a computer consultant wrote back to court officials with this response: Sure, I'll serve - at my normal rate of $100 an hour.
Was Employee Terminated Because of Jury Duty Service? -- An employee was called to jury duty and was absent from work for a long stretch. The employer chose to not extend or renew her contract, and the employee took her case to court.
Jury Duty, for Fun and Profit – Authorities say an employee of Dade County, Florida, managed to get himself a six-month, paid vacation. How? By pretending he was on jury duty. Of course, it also got him arrested.