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  •  while I concur that (0+ / 0-)

    a year for being 15 minutes is silly, your example of the woman is one where she'd been there at least once already, she knew how long the lines were, and she knew she was on bail and she needed to be on time.

    If it takes 30 minutes, then get there 60 minutes early.

    I'm not saying the best solution wouldn't be to stagger the times so that everyone isn't trying to arrive at once, but the reality is the fact that these folks are late could as easily be a function of the chaos in their own lives that led to, at least in part, the misconduct of which they stand accused.

    I think the system should be set up so that folks aren't having to battle the system to simply be on time, so I am not saying there is no issue with how this appears to be set-up, but at the same time, there are some personal issues here involved.

    •  Line lengths vary, sometimes dramatically. (3+ / 0-)
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      susans, YucatanMan, 417els

      And if you don't have a car, public transportation times can as well.  Heck, it's also easy to forget to set your alarm clock, or to not set it correctly (Mine, at least, if you don't quite move the little set switch all the way into the on position won't go off).

      Or, hell, she has 2 kids.  Maybe one of them woke up sick, or took longer for whatever reason.  Have you ever arrived late to work (When trying not to)?  Things happen.

      The current system lets judges punish people arbitrarily and capriciously, and is just plain wrong.

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