Two RustyBricker's On Jury Call The Same Week

Jury DutyWhat are the odds that two people in the same 15-person company, living in different states, would be selected to be on-call for Jury Duty the same week? What are the odds? Are there any statistics on the likelihood of that happening?

Well, this week, two RustyBrick coders were on call to potentially sit on a jury. Both Ronnie and Jimmy were scheduled this week. Jimmy is based in New Jersey and he had to show up Monday, luckily for my sake, he was excused. But Ronnie is in New York and he has to call in each night this week to see if they want him to report. Tomorrow, as per his call in tonight, he has to report and see if he will be selected.

I mean seriously, what are the chances? Why didn't one postpone? Honestly, I ask myself the same question.

So I sent Ronnie and Jimmy some tips on how to get out of Jury Duty from a web site. It also had a great video, check it out:

I was summoned but rescheduled to the week of Thanksgiving. It worked out to my benefit and they cancelled all cases that week.

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posted by Chad on: Apr 27, 2010 04:39am

I did the calculation when you posted your original tweet about this and came up with 88%. Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birthday_problem#Generalizations for the formula. Hope that provides you with some consolation.

posted by on: May 2, 2010 01:22am

"[sending] Ronnie and Jimmy some tips on how to get out of Jury Duty from a web site" can be perceived as coercion. You were always a great boss, Barry, but sometimes you may need to think more like a lawyer in the litigious states of America. I know what you meant. Some punk might not in bad faith.

posted by on: May 2, 2010 01:36am

Many corporations have, including my father. I think it may be less of an issue with higher level employees. However, all it takes is one bad apple to drag your butt to court. Even if you win, it sucks. The result is paranoia for me. No ill will intended. You can totally laugh me off, but I hope for your sake, my paranoia is just that: paranoia.

posted by Barry Schwartz on: May 2, 2010 01:25am

Jaimie, come on, seriously. Are you angry with me for some reason? Trying to prove something? I linked to what I sent them, did you read it? I wrote, "Get out of Jury Duty," I did not say, "duck jury duty." How they can LEGALLY "get out of jury duty." Big difference, Mr. Lawyer. :)

posted by Barry Schwartz on: May 2, 2010 01:12am

Jaimie, where did I encourage anyone to "duck jury duty"? All I said was to read up on how to go to the selection and how to encourage the people selecting, not to select you. I never said they should not go.

posted by Barry Schwartz on: May 2, 2010 01:30am

Yea, thankfully in the 15+ years I have been selling this stuff and 10+ years having employees, I have not had this issue. But thank you for your advice.

posted by on: May 1, 2010 01:25am

Odds are low, but encouraging employees to duck jury duty is questionable, so I'd never joke about it without being even clearer than you have that you're kidding. That said, I'll load up your iSiddur app next time I get called.

posted by on: May 2, 2010 01:28am

No. I'm not angry with you. I'm just more paranoid than you. If someone punk'd you like that, they'd be a jerk. Here's the thing: read cynically, one could make the case that you're being coercive. *I* know you're not, but much like the "pregnant employee" problem, you have to be really careful about saying stuff. In my short time filling "your shoes" in my company, I've already been played with. Maybe I'm less likable :) And why would I be angry with you?

posted by ncsoft gift card on: Aug 10, 2010 10:53am

Two RustyBrick coders were on the phone to possibly sit on a jury. Both Ronnie and Jimmy was set for the week. Jimmy is based in New Jersey and up Monday Luckily for me, the show, he was pardoned. But Ronnie and he in New York this week to call every night to see if they want to report it.