Totally Unauthorized

A side of the film industry most people never see.

A nice Friday surprise.

When I staggered out to the mailbox this morning, there it was, waiting for me – the judge’s written decision in the unemployment case.

I won! The judge ruled that my mistake (which resulted in an overpayment last year and caused a delay of benefits and a fine this year) was made because of poor organizational skills and sloppy accounting on my part and not a deliberate attempt to defraud the state of California.

Although I’m not sure how thrilled I am about having a judge pretty much call me an idiot in a written decision, at least the state has to refund the penalties to me now.

If I’ll ever get them is another story – the California unemployment folks seem to be doing anything they can to avoid paying out claims. I know one person who is owed almost 8 weeks worth of checks and can’t get an explanation as to the cause of the delay, another who has had to go to three different offices to verify his identity in person and still hasn’t been issued a check, and another person who is getting one check out of every four that she’s owed – also with no explanation of why.

Even if I never see any of the money, at least now I’m not viewed as a criminal by a group of bureaucrats who may or may not have souls.

Speaking of surprises, I saw this while riding my bike the other day:

Not a couch, but still odd.

I wonder if the homeowner was hoping that some passerby would take them. When she saw me taking pictures of them, she ran out of the house to yell at me in what I think might have been Russian, but I’m not entirely certain.

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8 Responses

  1. David H. says:

    Woohoo! Yay for winning the case!

    Toilets, eh? The beginnings of a new “couch”-esque blog?

  2. Meg says:

    They would be in the same category-
    “I’ll take ‘Things You Sit On for $1000,’ Alex.”

  3. snarkolepsy says:

    See – I told you the IRS was kinder and gentler as of late. I was shocked how easy they were to work with – as long as they didn’t think you were defrauding them.

  4. nezza says:

    Perhaps she thought you were from the police or something – about to arrest her for littering the sidewalk with sanitary ware – and getting the evidence in first!

  5. Proto says:

    Well, you are a spy, aren’t you?
    Congrats on the verdict, good luck on the collection. Hope the penalties stop piling on too.

  6. geekhiker says:

    Ah, but in this case you wanted the judge to call you an idiot (which you’re clearly not), so it’s all part of the master plan.

    Heh. Russian women yelling at toilet-picture-taking-bike-riders. Gotta love LA…

  7. Is your State Department of Labor any help? Here on the east coast, they’re usually pretty good about giving Unemployment a nudge. Congrats on the decision in your favor.

  8. sal says:

    Glad the decision went your way. Hope the cheques arrive soon.

    Good luck with the workouts – I’m trying to de-blubber and get fit as well, might have to go back to the gym …

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