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Re: I don't like it
« Reply #300 on: May 14, 2017, 02:20:21 PM »
Jesus. I wonder how you go about checking to see if there's a warrant out?
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Re: I don't like it
« Reply #301 on: May 14, 2017, 02:37:53 PM »
Either it's fucking hard to do, or there isn't one yet.  :nonplused:

Allegedly you can go to the MI Courts page and do a search.  I got nothin'.  Then I went the Case Search section and searched Cases and then Orders.  Apparently nothing.  I hope, but I'm driving extra-carefully.

Our bookkeeper just told me it's no problem and happens all the time.  WELL PARDON ME but I happen to think it's problematic.  I mean, I know what she means, but . . . Jesus in a go-kart.

And to think how mad I was about the trash service.

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Re: I don't like it
« Reply #302 on: May 14, 2017, 03:36:29 PM »
Yeah, no problem until you get sucked into that Hell. Dealing with bureaucracy at that level is a whole different nightmare.

There was a local story here recently about a guy that failed to appear for traffic court, a warrant was put out, the guy then took care of the ticket/fines. Like a year later he gets arrested on the warrant that was supposed to have been closed. Apparently that type thing is fairly common. The cops don't care, you get thrown into the system until you pay someone to figure it out for them. No thank you.
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Re: I don't like it
« Reply #303 on: May 14, 2017, 03:52:19 PM »
Found it:
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Swalm denies ever getting that letter.  Indeed, DDS looked back on its records and found that even though the address was correct, the postal service returned the letter.  DDS never sent another letter or tried to figure out why it came back.

 :innocent:

http://www.11alive.com/news/local/holding-powerful-accountable/ticket-to-jail-1/436266329
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Re: I don't like it
« Reply #304 on: May 15, 2017, 10:02:57 AM »
Oh, good.  :whatever:

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Re: I don't like it
« Reply #305 on: May 17, 2017, 01:57:36 PM »
Yet another local story about a mail scam. Apparently it's easy to go online and stop anyone's mail service. Then, if so inclined, the thief makes a fake ID and goes to the post office to pick up the victim's mail.

I don't think it's what is happening to you, but it goes to show how there's stuff going on like this.

http://www.cbs46.com/story/35449972/scammers-stopping-residents-mail-stealing-from-post-office-with-fake-id
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Re: I don't like it
« Reply #306 on: May 17, 2017, 02:48:17 PM »
The supervisor swore up and down that she was sure it wasn't the carrier.  And there are TWO carriers who regularly work my route.  But right after she talked to the carrier, I started getting mail again every single day.

Including two bills that were over two weeks old.  :innocent:  Just showed up!  Funny, that.

I don't farkin' know.  I didn't get the letter she sent me to test what the problem was.  :shrug:

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Re: I don't like it
« Reply #307 on: May 17, 2017, 02:51:25 PM »
I did finally hear back from the city treasury.  They were like "We mailed you several times.  Twice this past February, and twice in October of 2015."

Uh.  OK, first, I don't believe you, and, second, that doesn't even make a shred of fucking sense.  Like, how can you go get the file, look at it, and think, "Hey, nothing wrong with what it says here!  I'll totally tell the person what it says here, because this doesn't look crazy!"

Anyway, then the woman told me that since I paid them $80, fuck it, it's all good.

I wrote back and said, no, it's not all good.  This shit is not OK.

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Re: I don't like it
« Reply #308 on: May 17, 2017, 03:03:30 PM »
Maybe you shouldn't piss her off  ;)
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Re: I don't like it
« Reply #309 on: May 17, 2017, 04:18:40 PM »
I know, but it was impossible.  I did keep going back and erasing the cursing out my email.

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Re: I don't like it
« Reply #310 on: May 17, 2017, 04:24:56 PM »
I'm sure my wife is on lists for her abuse of CSRs/govt. minions.
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Re: I don't like it
« Reply #311 on: May 17, 2017, 05:04:16 PM »
I was careful to stress that my irritation was mostly not personal but departmental.  This woman did totally blow off 99% of my concerns and act like What Is Even Your Problem, but I attribute that to the inurement of working there.  Although I did also say that.  :P

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Re: I don't like it
« Reply #312 on: May 18, 2017, 05:17:21 AM »
 :lol:
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Re: I don't like it
« Reply #313 on: September 01, 2018, 10:15:53 AM »
SO the city keeps shitting all over itself in its attempts to boost short-term property tax income.  Like a lot of places, they overpromised on pensions and so on, and now they can't pay what they promised.  Like a lot of places, every city government for the last 25 years knew this was going to be an issue, and every local politician just said, "Fuck it -- I won't be in office when the disaster strikes."

Anyway, the current bunch of clueless schmucks in East Lansing are steadily destroying the downtown, driving out all the local businesses that have an actual investment here, and yadda yadda.  They have no concept of sprawl, development, city planning, etc.  They just let the developers propose shit, and if the developers pinky-swear they can make it happen, then there you go.  As a result, one horrible development after another has fallen through over the last twenty years. 

At one point, they literally had three blocks of the prime university-facing real estate closed up for developments that weren't occurring.  Most people thought the downtown was just dying and that all the businesses on those blocks had simply found it impossible to make ends meet.  In reality, they were kicked out.  One block was kept vacant and derelict for 15 years, and another one for 10 years.

They also keep overdeveloping apartment buildings, which is shitty as fuck to all the people who own rental homes in town and rent them to students.  The city is fucking over the market, and they don't even seem aware of the problem.  They have no clue.  The main drag opposite the university was generally limited to three stories and was all small funky businesses and bars.  Now it's mostly chains, and they keep building shit that's five stories or more. 

Every week, we have people come in and complain.  Students are moving back in, and I've had MULTIPLE alumni parents tell me the town is now such a shithole (more than one person has literally said "shithole") that they would not have let their kids come to MSU if they'd known.  FFS!  That's a pretty strong indictment.

Meanwhile, shit like this is the norm:

Stupidly gigantic construction project is a lie and illegal, to boot.

They keep doing this thing where they let the developers build whatever, then weakly address violations and unapproved changes of plans.  One dude had an approved plan to build a four-story apartment building, and he built a five-story one.  No engineering plan, no environmental plan, no traffic plan, etc, for the extra floor.

City let it stand and fined him less than what he'll make in six months renting the top floor.  They claimed no one noticed he was building an extra floor.  Gee, the inspections required during construction must've been top-notch.

Always the way.

Oh -- they also just approved a city income tax and lowered the property tax.  It's a brilliant plan to shift the debt burden to people who don't live in East Lansing.  What a concept.  Everyone was hugely against it, but it magically passed the second time they put it to a vote, probably because of the property tax reduction.  The university is ripshit over it, as well they should be.

Lansing has a city tax, and in fifteen years they've never gotten it right, in my personal experience.  They calculate it wrong every single year.  Most people I know who are subject to it tell me they simply don't bother paying it.  And those are the same people who put out a warrant for my arrest for about $75 they decided I owed but never told me about.

Will East Lansing's city tax be administered better?  Somehow, I don't think so.  But I sure as hell wouldn't start a business here or take a new job in this town.  I'm generally pro-tax, for fuck's sake, but bullshit is bullshit.  It's not the money, it's the stupidity.