A bunch of Notaries were angry that Jeremy from 123notary suddenly started requiring Notaries to understand how to be a Notary. But, these Notaries had already paid their year’s subscription and now Jeremy was pulling a fast one on them by requiring them to prove that they know their job.
The argument I always get is that of course I know my job because I’ve been doing this x amount of years. But, then when I test these convincing people, the score is normally around 40% on simple Notary questions.
My point of view is that many Notaries have been deceiving me and the public for years by fraudulently impersonating a qualified public official, namely a Notary Public.
In any case, my Notary quiz is five questions long in most cases. Some Notaries would rather send me a letter from an Attorney rather than answer five questions which takes two minutes.
When I remove people early for not passing my test I am only PAUSING their listing. They can study up and quiz again whenever they like. I am not taking time out of the year they paid for. I will give their time back once they have proven they know how to be a Notary.
But, if a Notary went to an actual Attorney for some serious legal work, the Attorney would ask about 200 questions.
ATTORNEY: Okay, question number 193, when did you make your payment to 123notary?
NOTARY: Listen, I’ve already answered your other questions. Just sue the bastard, will ya?
ATTORNEY: It doesn’t work like that. You have to answer all 200 questions.
NOTARY: You’re even worse than Jeremy. I should be suing you, not him. He only asked five questions.
ATTORNEY: Don’t you think you would do better if you would spend the time you spent with me studying so you could answer his questions? You don’t even have a contract with 123notary, and their policies page says that they reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.
NOTARY: I spent five hours with you for nothing. I could have learned to be a real Notary in that time. Carmen even offered free mentoring. Boy am I stupid.
ATTORNEY: And by the way, your legal costs will be $80,000 and I require a $20,000 retainer. The total damages Jeremy cost you are zero because he did not remove you, he only paused you. If he had removed you and the other fifty people permanently it would be only $952 total because he paused you near the end of your term. You want to pay $80,000 for a small chance at recovering $952 for your band of outlaw Notaries. That is as stupid as your unwillingness to learn how to be a real Notary.
NOTARY: Boo hoo hoo. But, I shouldn’t have to be a real Notary because I’m paying them. So therefore I can do whatever I want.
ATTORNEY: But, you are also paying me, and you have to answer all of my questions and meet with me at my convenience. You have to follow the rules of the people you hire. You have to sit down on an airline with a ticket that you paid for when they tell you to. You have to refrain from using cell phones at certain restaurants as well. Aren’t you paying them?
NOTARY: Yeah, but that’s different.
ATTORNEY: It is not. You are ruining 123notary’s reputation with title companies by being an incompetent Notary. You are also endangering people by not following directions. Clients who use you could lose thousands on a single job that you don’t follow directions.
NOTARY : Who cares. I just want my $6.52 left on my account without having to answer Jeremy’s dumb questions.