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British Guy Pleads Sickness For Jury Duty..Goes To See "Chicago"

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Wow...talk about dedication to musical theatre! RC in Austin, Texas
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"Noel [Coward] and I were in Paris once. Adjoining rooms, of course. One night, I felt mischievous, so I knocked on Noel's door, and he asked, 'Who is it?' I lowered my voice and said 'Hotel detective. Have you got a gentleman in your room?' He answered, 'Just a minute, I'll ask him.'" (Beatrice Lillie)
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I watched the video and the kid seem traumatized, truly effing traumatized, so I found the article that went with the video.

Of his four days in prison, he described his experience as "alright" until details of his sexuality were discovered by fellow inmates.
Banks said: "Then I was just kept away from everybody for my own safety.
"I was just sitting there and they were just pounding on the door and shouting things but then the staff made sure no-one would come near me."


I get the connection to theatre, but this just strikes me as a really strange lede for a story.






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Updated On: 12/25/11 at 12:11 AM
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He had it coming...

Updated On: 12/25/11 at 12:15 AM
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Criminal fun!
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Did he tell the judge he was "Not-a guilteee"?
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All I know is not to get busted if I call in sick to jury duty. In England.
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But really, lying to get out of jury duty to go see a musical is the gayest thing I've ever heard.
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I agree. And it was his boyfriend that inadvertently ratted him out. It does start out kind of funny, but god, I felt bad fir him when I watched that video.

Bww should really link though. They report stories like the twentieth player in a game of telephone.
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... and apparently "alright" is all right to use in print in Britain.
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I couldn't understand some of the things he was saying. I must say, he's a dedicated "Chicago" fan. Still, jury duty is apparently a must in Britain. from RC in Austin, Texas Happy Hols!
"Noel [Coward] and I were in Paris once. Adjoining rooms, of course. One night, I felt mischievous, so I knocked on Noel's door, and he asked, 'Who is it?' I lowered my voice and said 'Hotel detective. Have you got a gentleman in your room?' He answered, 'Just a minute, I'll ask him.'" (Beatrice Lillie)
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"But really, lying to get out of jury duty to go see a musical is the gayest thing I've ever heard."

That is the funniest thing I read all year, love you JC!!!!
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"But really, lying to get out of jury duty to go see a musical is the gayest thing I've ever heard."

That is the funniest thing I read all year, love you JC!!!!
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R.C., Jury duty is a must in the United States, too. I served in November, 2010 and got yet another summons earlier this year. You're not required to serve for at least another 12 months after serving, so I followed the telephone registration process and got a automated message saying I was good to go.

I was sent a very threatening letter by the court saying if I did not respond within a couple of days, my azz would be in jail. I received a questionnaire the following day that ststaed I needed to fill it out and send in right away. All that for a stupid questionnaire? I thought there was a warrant out for my arrest or something by how serious the whole thing sounded. Needless to say, I never did get locked in the pokey with Bubba, so all's fine.

This kid must've known the seriousness involved. They beat you over the head with details and what will happen to you should u attempt to pull a fast one and it's never pretty. Hard to believe anyone would think "calling-in sick" then going to a show would result in a happy ending. I sort of feel bad for the mom, even if she played a big role in it and should've known better. Hope they put him in a more secure part of the jail and not with some hardened criminal. Scary!
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He seems like he survived relatively unharmed, though I do think it's... if not good, at least a tiny bit appropriate that he got somewhat of a prison experience. I'm sorry that he was harassed based on his sexuality, because that should never happen to anyone regardless of the situation.

That said... he played hooky on jury duty to see a show? Chicago, even? He deserves a punishment of some kind, though clearly more lenient than what he got.
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Just saw the vid and glad he was released early considering he was being threatened. In that case, I think the sentence was way harsh. He could've gotten seriously hurt or worse.

At any rate, why did that UK news source have to title the vid in such a way? Ugh.
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The guy is pathetic, look at that stupid face. He'll be on stage soon!
He should have done the whole sentence!
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He took his mom to see CHICAGO.

Judge, he was only being GOOD TO MAMA!