Last week, I was summoned to jury duty and, as expected, I will be serving for the entire month of November. See, the thing with being on a grand jury is that you serve for a minimum of 20 business days. I’ve been assigned to a group that I’ll be spending the next three weeks with and we will collectively listen to about 2-6 cases a day and decide whether there’s enough evidence in each case to move to trial.
It’s my first week in and I’m exhausted. I come home and my body is screaming, “BED!” I wake up the next morning and my body is screaming, “Back to BED!” It’s the change of daily pace that has taken a physical toll on me, not to mention, the daily pain-in-the-ass commute. On the other hand, listening to these criminal cases is fascinating! While it is draining, it’s completely gripping and I find some of the stories stick with me long after.
But since I can’t actually talk about the them, I decided to jot down some of my (somewhat) non-case related jury experiences:
- The first day, I brought my own lunch (a sandwich and an apple) while everyone else in my group went out to eat. After telling Bob this, he laughed and immediately deemed me the “lunch nerd of jury duty”. But hey, I’m owning it.
- I was munching on pomegranate seeds and the woman sitting next to me was absolutely baffled that I was eating the seeds and not spitting them out. “Are you supposed to do that? I don’t think you’re supposed to eat the seeds”, she said to me, rather concerned. To which I answered, “Oh, you can eat the seeds.”, which then prompted two other jurors to turn around, look at me incredulously and say, “You eat the seeds?! I’ve never heard of such a thing!”
- One useful thing I’ve learned: When taking money out of an ATM machine, pull on the card reader first to make sure a skimming device (a criminal tool that reads your card’s info) isn’t attached. It’s usually fastened with magnets. Obviously if it comes off, don’t run your card through it.
- There have been a lot of The Rural Juror jokes around these parts. Just so you know.
- Being on jury duty has been a hard lesson in “unplugging” aka there’s no Wifi and this is troubling me greatly.
So now I ask you this: to eat the seeds or not to eat the seeds? Where do you stand?