I don't rant often...only when I feel it's warranted. This is such a time.
My wife just got a ticket in the mail. She was caught by a red light camera. A week and a half ago, my wife got a call at 10pm from a friend of hers. She had been arrested and was at the county jail. Her (choice words) husband called the cops on her after she stood up to him and his womanizing, gambling, drug addiction and abuse. The cops showed up, he claimed she went crazy on him and they took her to jail right in front of their 18 mo son. She had hit him in self defense because he was holding her down while he screamed and threatened her. Her bruising didn't show up until the morning but he had a scratch on his cheek.
So, my wife gets this call and goes down to the jail to pick her up after her $50,000 bail was posted (yikes!). It's 1am and she's downtown trying to find her way to the freeway. Apparently they were doing road work so all the lights were flashing red. She went through quite a few of these, came to another one and after stopping completely proceeded through...only this one was actually a real light and then came the flash.
While helping her friend out my wife is now slapped with a nasty ticket. The ticket is $470, plus $56 traffic school fee, plus 3.75 something fee, plus another $6.95 fee. Then we have to pay for the actual traffic school. All in all, it'll come to about $600!
She completely admits she should have paid closer attention and there's no doubt she did run a red light. She doesn't want to contest it. I feel bad cause she's a bit embarrassed and feels real bad. Ok...so I get it, I don't like it, but I get it. It sucks, let's pay the ticket, do the traffic school and move on right?
Here's where I'm really ticked.
I was called for jury duty in late March. Fun, I know. I was put on a trial that lasted 7 straight weeks. My work pays me while I'm on jury duty, but they still require me to do my full time job. So...80-90 hour weeks for 7 straight weeks. That sucked. I gave 7 weeks of my life to the same county court that is now slapping this nasty ticket on us. That sucks too, but again, I get it, laws are laws, civil responsibility, yada yada. At least they "pay" you for jury duty right, $15/day plus $.34 a mile. Comes out to be about $20/day for me. At least I'll get something out of it.
What really gets me though...they said to expect a check in the mail for my jury duty service in 6-8 weeks. SIX to EIGHT weeks!
Yet, they waste no time in sending us a bill for close to $600 in only 9 days!
Ok, I feel better.
Sort of. Thanks for reading.