This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at the inevitable consequences of not making a pizza to a customer’s liking. Then, we examine how a lawyer carries out his ethical obligations to protect his client and others while attending court in a pandemic. Finally, we look at one of the awesome accommodations that the Virginia State Bar is giving to bar exam test takers.
Follow the jump to read more of this week’s weirdest and wackiest legal cases from around the globe!
Anyone who lives pizza (aka everyone) will know that there is a correct ratio of toppings, to sauce, to crust. Anything that does not meet this ratio is not pizza. It is an affront to human dignity.
And so affronted was one Arkansas pizzeria customer that he did the only logical thing, upon discovering that his pizza did not have enough toppings on it. He complained. Now, complaining does not get you featured on this blog. But actions taken in response to complaints that fall on deaf ears do.
After the pizzeria customer’s complaint did not rectify the situation, he decided to escalate his concerns. First, by talking to the manager. That didn’t work, so he allegedly threw the phone at an employee’s face. And then he took his concerns to a higher level. By shooting out the front windows of the pizza shop.
I’m not sure that gets your pizza fixed, but it does get you arrested.
As lawyers, we have certain ethical obligations to our clients and to the public at large. And one of those obligations is to act in the best interest of our clients.
Enter Miami lawyer Samual Rabin Jr. He had an important sentencing for a client in a criminal matter that was too serious to conduct properly over Zoom. So he did what any reasonable lawyer would do in the midst of a pandemic: he asked for an adjournment.
As you’ve probably guessed, because he was in Florida the adjournment due to the gigantic coronavirus concern was not granted by the judge. But Rabin Jr. would not be deterred in his quest for justice. He wanted to protect himself and his client, as well as everyone else at the courthouse.
To achieve this goal, this hero lawyer dressed up in a full-body hazmat suit, complete with gloves and face shield and attended court in this protective costume.
The best part of this story, though, is that Rabin Jr. was allegedly stopped by police on his way into the courthouse. The police asked him if there was something they should be worried about. Rabin Jr. responded epically: “I’ve got to go to court.” It works on so many levels.
Samual Rabin Jr., sir, you are my hero.
Making the Bar Exam Safe
In other news related to the legal profession, America, and COVID-19 protection… the bar exam is a big concern for a lot of people. And while we in Canada have our own struggles about how to sit exam sessions while maintaining social distancing and otherwise, you know, just avoiding spreading the virus, the United States is sure showing us how NOT to handle this.
Take, for example, the great state of Virginia.
In Virginia, for some ungodly reason, men are required to wear a tie to write the Bar exam. But, thankfully, for their professions the Virginia State Bar has cancelled this requirement to protect against the spread of COVID-19. I am not a doctor, but I cannot for the life of me see how a necktie is connected to spreading an airborne pathogen.