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DeKalb County, Georgia: Where Slave Can Still Be Your Listed Occupation

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Marisa Kabas


By Marisa Kabas on November 26, 2013


We reported last week that the Denver Post is hiring a pot editor, because that’s now a job in the 21st century. But guess what’s not? Slave.

A new online questionnaire for jurors in DeKalb County, Georgia, begs to differ: It lists “slave” as an occupational option in the drop down menu.

How? Why? But mostly how?

Court Administrator Cathy McCumber told local news outlet 11Alive that the options were populated by a 62-page internal list that’s been used for 13 years (13 years a slave?). The court first learned about the problem when some dude typed in “S” for “Sales” and instead got … “Slave.” [tuba sound]

Peep these excellent man-on-the-street quotes from DeKalb residents.

“Hopefully it’s just a glitch and hopefully it will be worked out. It doesn’t make sense, but at the same time people make mistakes,” said Anna Wyatt.

“So they’re saying it’s a mistake? I don’t think so. Why is that even an option? Wow,” said Bridgette Mathis.

“That is not an occupation, slave is not an occupation,” said DeKalb resident, Cheryl Glass.

Good work by all.

The questionnaire used to be filled out by hand up until a month ago. Maybe some poor, lonely, bored Georgia IT guy/Confederacy fetishist decided it would be hilarious to add “slave” as an option? Bet he got a real kick out of that one. But let’s not assume it’s that kind of slave! Maybe it’s a sex slave. Or a Coke Zero slave, a la Karl Lagerfeld. Use your imagination for this one.

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[via 11alive]
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