First came the look of disbelief...next, shock...
"That is not an occupation," says one person. "I don't know what to say," another person says.
Potential jurors filling out a new online form said they filled out the new online form and select s for sales, but what they got was the occupation, slave.
"Why is that even an option?" asks one person.
That's what we're asking DeKalb County.
Until a month ago, jurors had to fill out a paper questionnaire and mail it into the courthouse. The new online form is supposed to be easier and more efficient. But John Evans, the president of the Dekalb County NAACP, simply calls it offensive. "We can't go around and think everything is peaches and cream because it's 2013..." he says.
A court spokesperson says the list of occupations is 62 pages long. She's not sure if the word slave has always been on the list, or if someone added it before the program went online to the public.
"So they're saying it's a mistake? I don't think so," says one person on the street. "I'm still in shock over it. Sorry," says another person.
The company that designed the software says the drop down menus in the survey are inputted by the user. As for the occupation slave, the court administrator says it has been removed, but figuring out how it got there, and when will take much longer.
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