Just another day in the trenches I guess. It’s probably a bad sign that I don’t even listen to the debtors’ arguments anymore for the most part. “Just because you eventually paid your criminal restitution doesn’t mean that you don’t owe the interest and court costs on my civil judgment.” (Then I stepped away to talk to another attorney who came in, thinking the clients he was filing bankruptcy for had a hearing today. They didn’t.) Meanwhile the debtor kvetched to the judge who listened for awhile and told her the same thing. At that point, she let me know she was living on food stamps – a point that actually made a difference. She also sounded like she was going to file bankruptcy on a $250 debt. (This all arose because she was driving without insurance.)
But, generally, today I had the dregs. A lot of people with no money, a problem of some sort, and attitude. But, we got a few garnishments so I guess that made the day worthwhile.