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Can't satisfy some people

Posted Thursday, November 1, 2012, at 8:25 AM

I had a message on my voice mail this morning from a woman unhappy that the polls weren't open at 7 a.m. for the last day of early voting. She'd wandered around the courthouse looking for an open door and said she was late to work as a result. I returned her call and pointed out that the polls weren't scheduled to be open until 8 a.m.

She asked when that had been in the paper, and I told her I'd had it in at least two stories, and the election office had taken out at least one ad announcing the schedule. She then said she didn't take the newspaper. She'd assumed that because the TV stations reported that Nashville's polls opened at 7 a.m., ours did too.

She then told me she'd called Shelbyville Mayor Wallace Cartwright and given him an earful about the election schedule. I told her that the election office was part of the county, not the city, and Mayor Cartwright wasn't in any way to blame for its schedule.

"That's just typical of this town," she said. "Nobody knows what's going on."

I gently suggested that might be a good reason to subscribe to the newspaper, but she said she couldn't afford it. Of course, she still expects us to be here to take her calls....

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You would think that after she realized that she was the "nobody" who did not know what was going on she would have quietly gone away but she apparently never connected the dots.

I've done things like that before, but I also knew when to slink away in embarrassment.

On your other note about not buying the paper but expecting you to always be there, I truly think some people think things like this are "their right" and do not realize that your folks like to feed your family.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Nov 1, 2012, at 12:14 PM

Laughing out loud.

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, Nov 1, 2012, at 1:45 PM

Well, she could have looked online and found the scheduled times easily.


But hey, I guess that was too much work for her to do. It was easier for her to call a million people and blame them for her inability to find out things herself. Seriously . . . she is probably the same kind of person who would call 911 because she had bad service at store or restaurant.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Sun, Nov 4, 2012, at 2:26 PM

Who does she think she is? It's not like the Constitution gave her any right to vote anyway!

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Mon, Nov 5, 2012, at 11:55 AM

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