Possibly the greatest excuse ever to keep public records private

Wyoming County’s recorder of deeds would not e-mail records to the Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice, so the paper suggested they put the records on a flash drive.

“My office staff, including myself, are not trained or familiar with
loading information on a ‘flash drive’ as suggested by the requester,” wrote recorder of deeds Dennis Montross in denying the request, according to this editorial about the situation in The Daily Review of Towanda.

The editorial zings Montross pretty well — which seems right, doesn’t it? After all, this is 2010.

Have you ever heard a better excuse than that? If so, leave it in the comments.

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4 Responses to Possibly the greatest excuse ever to keep public records private

  1. jo says:

    I hope you are not too surprised that something like this can happen in Pennsyltucky. It’s what happens when such officials are elected into office opposed to those who are hired based on credentials. Most PA odfficials have little education or formal training beyond high school. In PA, you get what you pay for!

  2. Jo, hopefully the next story coming out of this will be that Wyoming County will be training its public servants on basic internet/computer functions. You think?

  3. Oh, man, that is classic, Ben. Thanks for posting.

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