The Notary Asylum
We all know what the process is to become a notary — filling out the forms, applying to our Secretary of State, getting our seal, etc. But, what the State Notary Handbook doesn’t tell you is what becomes of Notaries who become crazy as a result of being a Notary.
There are lots of stress-inducers in this business. There are signing companies that don’t pay. Others like to micromanage. Constantly ringing phones, constant excuses for why the money hasn’t arrived when it was supposed to already. These are ingredients for frustration in the sanest of people. Borrowers who want to comb over every page when you’re already late for your next appointment! If our Founding Fathers had dilly-dallied over the signing of the Declaration of Independence as long, they would have told more people than Benjamin Franklin to go fly a kite! Some mistreat their Notaries. Call it Notary Abuse. Some send late eDocuments or send you to borrowers that aren’t even home and didn’t know they had a signing after they instructed you — “don’t call the borrowers.” Inaccurate or missing information is another recipe for frustration. Rates are often different from what was quoted. So no wonder an increasing rate of Notaries are developing varying signs of insanity. There needs to be a place for Notaries who have lost their documents… and minds. So, we decided to create one. It’s called — The Notary Asylum!
NOTARY #1: I run SnapDocs
NOTARY #2: No I run SnapDocs
DOCTOR: I think that both of you have a share in SnapDocs.
NOTARY #1: No, he doesn’t — I run SnapDocs
DOCTOR: Last week you said you ran 123notary
NOTARY #1: Well that was last week. This week I run SnapDocs
DOCTOR: You seem agitated. That’s not a good sign.
NOTARY #2: Ahhhhhhhhh!
DOCTOR: What’s the matter?
NOTARY #2: You said “sign.”
NOTARY #1: Ahhhhhhhhh!
DOCTOR: Sorry. Forget about your work. You don’t need me to… the s word… any document. You needn’t get all fired up about it.
NOTARY #2: Speaking of fired, last week I ran the NNA. I fired a lot of people too.
DOCTOR: Well, what does your paperwork say? Do you have documents proving your ownership?
NOTARY #1: I don’t need to.
NOTARY #2: I didn’t get paid; I didn’t get paid; I didn’t get paid. Shoot Docs never paid me.
DOCTOR: There is no Shoot Docs.
NOTARY #2: Are you going to not pay me as well? You never pay me.
DOCTOR: I am a psychiatric analyst. It is not my job to pay you. The state pays me.
NOTARY #2: Well at least somebody pays somebody around here.
DOCTOR: You’re both fine looking patients.
NOTARY #1: I don’t call paying us compliments paying us.
DOCTOR: I was just giving you my seal of approval.
NOTARY #1 and #2: Ahhhhhhhhh!
DOCTOR: “Seal.” Sorry, I give you my oath…
NOTARY #1 and #2: Ahhhhhhhhh!
DOCTOR: … that I’ll be more careful next time. As for now, I recommend that both of you take a break from… you know. Enjoy something that doesn’t remind you of your… you know.
NOTARY #1: That sounds wonderful.
DOCTOR: I’m releasing the both of you. Fill these prescriptions at your pharmacy. It’ll help you relax.
NOTARY #2: (reading) You forgot to sign it.
DOCTOR and NOTARY #1 and NOTARY #2: Ahhhhhhhhh!
One way to restore your sanity in the notary world: Know that you’re not alone if frustrations sometimes get the better of you. Being aware of what can go wrong can sometimes prepare you to ride out the frustrations when they occur. If you develop a Zen-like attitude and let at least some of it roll off your back, the next time a vendor doesn’t have yours (back, that is) you’ll commit yourself to moving on, not the notary asylum!
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