On Jury Duty

I had my first jury duty today in Downtown, Manhattan.  I was not chosen as a juror for trials because there were not any until after lunch there was one case.  “New York City is safe and sound” –  To be honest I don’t know why so many people dread going to jury duty.  The staffs are perhaps the most friendliest and with a sense of humor government employees I have encounter so far.  It was like a 9am stand up comedy show, poking fun at Albany and  jurors the #1 reason to be exempt from jury duty is “I do not understand English in which we now have Chinese and Spanish interpreters at _ Centre Street but you wouldn’t understand what I am saying right now, would you?” We were all treated like  contestants of a game show. “Come on down you’re a winner!” Being the lucky half pack  to avoid to sit in as a juror and not until for another six years.  The hospitality exceeded my expectation. For once a government system that treats people like people.  There was high speed wi-fi access if you brought your laptop and a sign-out sheet if you need to go for a coffee run, these are luxuries.   And they really outdone themselves by providing the jurors a lunch guide in the neighborhood.  It’s very quirky and humane at the same time.  Rarely would you expect anywhere government agency with what concierge at a five stars hotel would provide.  This list is compiled by the staff of The Citizens Jury Project and it emphasizes that the list of recommendations is solely put together by opinion and are not funded or affiliated with by the particular restaurants.  The list was very diverse with multiethnic cuisine which includes, Cuban Sophie’s Cuban Restaurant, Italian Spaghetti Western, Chinese Bo Ky, Kosher Hoomoos Asli, Vegetarian Vegetarian Dim Sum House, and Dessert Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.  A varied good taste selections, watch out Zagat!


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