Sitting, waiting, outside the courtroom for 2 hours was…interesting.
I, being white, was in the minority. Being a male…dressed well, also made me a minority. Hell, having shaved that week did so…..
Lots of nice people there though, (I listened to a lot of stories waiting) most of whom just got crossed up because they can’t follow the rules of society, or have impulse issues. Most were willing to do what was necessary to stay out of trouble, they just COULDN’T do it.
Things like show up at court, pay their fines, register their car, stay sober, not steal, etc. Couldn’t afford their car registration, but had $300 sneakers. (Sneakers in court?)
Some took the time to dress well, or at least try. Some ladies wore what was obviously their best attire, even though it was not suited for a courtroom, but more for a club….At least they tried.
Lots of men who obviously didn’t bother. Weren’t willing to try and impress the judge at all. I look better than that when I am working in the yard. I wondered, for a while if it was just because it was Halloween….
And, as I said, I was a minority, race wise. Only folks who looked like me were the clerks and attorneys.
Yes, I know, pointing this out makes me a racist.
And security was a joke. If you can smuggle a cell phone in (and there were LOTS of those), you can smuggle a fairly big knife or a small pistol. Ask me how I know…..