Monday, May 14, 2007

Why Cousins Shouldn't Marry

Tennessee allows marriage between first cousins. With results like this.

Staff members of an elementary school staged a fictitious gun attack on students during a class trip, telling them it was not a drill as the children cried and hid under tables.

The mock attack Thursday night was intended as a learning experience and lasted five minutes during the weeklong trip to a state park, said Scales Elementary School Assistant Principal Don Bartch, who led the trip.

UPDATE: Artist's conception of the Scales Elementary School staff:


Blogger Angry White Guy said...

Hey NK, I was wondering if I could pick your legal brain for a second...

Tue May 15, 08:02:00 PM  
Blogger nk said...


Tue May 15, 09:17:00 PM  
Blogger Angry White Guy said...

what's the law in Illinois on recording conversations if I'm calling, say, a pizza delievery service?

And is "calling before delivery, getting no answer, and diving by and not stopping" considered "attempting to deliver"?

I've been dicked by a local place hard, and I'm playing with the idea of small claims court. You're the closest thing to a lawyer I know. ;)

Wed May 16, 12:56:00 AM  
Blogger nk said...

In Iliinois it's a felony to record a conversation without the consent of all the parties to the conversation. (720 ILCS 5/14‑1 et seq.) There are exceptions for law enforcement purposes but largely it is a very strict anti-recording law. Remember Linda Tripp? Kind of like that.

On your second question, did they take your money or charge your credit card and not delivered?

Wed May 16, 07:13:00 AM  
Blogger Angry White Guy said...

Yup. I got half the order but they screwed up the first night and because the manager is mildly retarded, the other half never showed ("I thought that you wanted store credit, even after the drive there said you wanted your food and repeated your address twice, and I said it would come out on the next run").

So last night it's a debacle over "Well, you didn't answer the call the driver made, so no food". I've never gotten a call from this place before a delivery, and this manager is trying to pass it off like they ALLWAYS call.

Having watched the driver go by my house pissed me off more. "We've had drivers robbed..."

Bullcrap! I called from the number your driver called, requesting a store credit only I would know about, to the address you have for my number...

Did this moron think I broke in, found the info about the stroe credit, and decided to wait 45-60 minutes and steal food too? I mean seriously...

So after several minutes of listing to the idiot hem and haw and blame me for the driver not spending 30 seconds to knock on a door (it was light out, btw, about 6:50pm or so), I asked how he'd fix this.

I asked twice. Upon the answer of "Well, we can try to get it out on the next run..." with all sorts of cavets and I doubt it would have been freshly made, I tell him that I suggest he try again within 60 minutes, or I'll see him and his employer in Small Claims Court. He VERY quickly whipped out the "call Corp" and I was thrilled...

If nothing else I want to make sure this jerk gets fired.

The limit for Small Claims punitive is 2 grand, right?

Wed May 16, 08:09:00 AM  
Blogger nk said...

I think the whole amount is $2,500.00 but don't quote me. I've been out of the loop for a while. The forms will tell you. There may also be people at the Clerk's Office to help pro se's fill out the forms. In any case the amount only determines the type of service (sheriff vs. certified), how much the filing fee is and somewhat simpler rules of procedure. You can proceed pro se for any amount.

Your bigger problem is getting punitives in the first place. Basically, you can't unless the other party's conduct is so outrageous and fraudulent as to be practically a crime.

Wed May 16, 12:56:00 PM  
Blogger Angry White Guy said...

Or if they decide to not show up at all...

A win by default is still a win in my book...

Wed May 16, 05:14:00 PM  

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