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Uber will give you a free ride to jury duty in one US county

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
July 2, 2015
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Jury duty may be an annoying (if vital) civic responsibility, but one US county is experimenting with a ridesharing offer that could make it a little more bearable. The County Clerk in Macomb, Michigan is partnering with Uber on a 60-day trial that gives jurors a total of $40 in credit for their rides to and from the courthouse. Ideally, this will save you from having to fight bad weather or pay through the nose for parking when you're trying to serve.

Of course, the big challenge is that this is merely an experiment. Uber is footing the bill during the trial, but what happens when the county has to pay up? If there's a dozen jurors in each trial, the local government is looking at a minimum $480 per case. That could add up if the the county always makes free ridesharing available, rather than reserving it for special circumstances. However, it could be worthwhile if it sees fewer people skipping jury duty -- we're sure that Uber wishes it could offer this courtroom service in France.

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