A Notary is hired to do a speech for college students in Berkeley. But, everything he says offends them.
NOTARY: Welcome class. Today I am here to speak of the duties of the Notary Public. A notary is appointed by the Secretary of State or Notary division in the prospective Notary’s respective state.
SUZIE: Like… Notaries should be able to do whatever they want man… Screw the rules.
NOTARY: Well, if you ignore the rules, you could end up losing your commission and ending up in jail
JACK: That’s fascist man… Not fair. Let’s throw things!!!!!
NOTARY: I’ll call for police back up if you throw one thing.
JACK: I knew you were on their side. You’re a rightist extremist!!!
SUZIE: So, what about women. Do women have equal opportunities in the Notary world or is there a glass ceiling like in the rest of the world where we have “equal” opportunities.
NOTARY: Actually, now that you mention it, the reason for the pay gap between men and women in jobs at large worldwide stems from the fact that women work three hours less per week than men — assuming they work at all. Additionally, men are more willing to do dirty, dangerous, technical and otherwise unpleasant work while women prefer to do work that is more socially gratifying, involving people, healing, children, and that lead to a balanced life even if it pays less. The result is that women have more balanced lives but get paid less. If you compare apples to apples for women and men with the same amount of experience, neither of whom take a maternity leave and work the same amount of hours and with the same vigor and skill level, women actually get paid slightly more than men.
SUZIE: Bullshit!!!! That’s sexist! Let’s start a riot!!!!
NOTARY: I have the police on speed dial if you can’t control yourself.
JACK: This guy’s a fascist — let’s get the noise maker and drown him out so he can’t be heard!!!!
NOTARY: I am here for your benefit so you will do better in the real world. If you want to undermine that opportunity, that hurts you, not me.
FRANK: Good point. I think we need to listen instead of antagonizing the Notary, even if that means compromising our “values” of attacking anyone we falsely accuse of being right wing, unfair or fascist when we are the ones who are unfair fascists of a left-wing variety.
SUZIE: You said it!! Wait a second. Could you repeat that?
NOTARY: Yes, by preventing people from speaking by force you are imposing a vigilante style neo-marxist fascism. If more people did that, we would all lose our freedom of speech just like in many other countries — which would be bad, unless it was only you guys losing your freedom of speech as well as the freedom to throw things which is considered a felony.
FRANK: I’m in your boat on this one. Or on the wagon. Or… I just quit smoking so, maybe I’m off the wagon. Not sure…. Go on!
NOTARY: A Notary’s job includes Acknowledging signatures, administering Oaths, taking Jurats, and sometimes a few other tasks, but those are the main three. Official acts can vary from state to state, but all states have Acknowledgments, Jurats, and Oaths.
JACK: You mean like Quaker Oaths?
NOTARY: No, Jack, an Oath is where you raise your right hand and swear to tell the truth like when they swore in Donald… bad example, like how they would have sworn in Hillary Clinton had the election not been rigged.
SUZIE: I had you all wrong. I LOVE you Mr. Notary. Would you date me? It would be like how Ross dated that college student on Friends.
NOTARY: Oh God. I’m just trying to appease the situation, but it seems I made an enemy out of Frank in the process. In any case, an Acknowledged signature is when a signer signs a document. They can take it later on to a Notary and have the Notary fill out a form stating they acknowledge signing the document. They do not have to sign in the presence of the Notary, but do need to show ID and personally show up in front of the Notary. A Jurat requires the signer to sign in front of the Notary and swear to the truthfulness of the document.
SUZIE: How romantic. It sounds like getting married. By the way, you have pretty blue eyes!
JACK: I do!!!
NOTARY: Sometimes a Notary will need credible witnesses to swear in a signer who doesn’t have an ID.
FRANK: Wait… credible what-nisses?
FRANK: Are you doing something criminal where there are witnesses? Do you have a witness protection program?
NOTARY: Honestly, you people are such a bunch of dumb-asses!!!
JACK: Ha ha ha… That’s what I think to. I’m around this type of behavior so much I don’t even notice it. It’s like being in the 8th grade perpetually, except in the 8th grade I didn’t understand the meaning of perpetual.
SUZIE: Yeah, neither did I. I thought a perpetual was a pervert.
NOTARY: They could be… Or they could be a perpetrator. Anyway…Now this is a Notary Journal. The signer has to sign the document as well as the Notary journal right here….
JACK: Woah… Can I sign?
SUZIE: Yeah, I wanna sign too!!!
FRANK: Aren’t you supposed to have a document being Notarized to sign this? Signing the journal is not just for fun. Let’s be serious. Oh wait… Is that the fee section? How much do you dudes get paid? I need a career when I get out of this joint.
NOTARY: Notaries now make $15 per signature. If you have ten signatures to notarize in an hour, you can give a discount or make up to $150.
JACK: Wow, I make $9.25 per hour, that’s like what I make in an hour in a half. I’m becoming a Notary. Can you be a felon and still become a Notary?
JACK: Good, that will weed out the competition — cuz, like, I’m not a felon. I don’t even look like one.
NOTARY: Well that’s the main thing, isn’t it!
SUZIE: I had you so wrong. I love you Notary man! Oh… I’m going back home to write a song about blue eyed Notary man… How I dream of Notary man.
NOTARY: It was nice meeting you all. Here is my card in case you ever need a Notary, or in your case a date who is twice your age. But, as they say — age is just a number.
SUZIE: And Notary fees are just a number that will help when you take me out to a French Cafe called Le Jurat!
NOTARY: It’s a date. Don’t tell the Dean of students. He’ll crucify me.
SUZIE: If he does, we’ll riot and he knows that. He has his hands tied. This place is run by anarchists, not the Dean.
JACK: Yup!!!! And we wouldn’t have it any other way!
FRANK: Speak for yourself!
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