Now here's a deterent!
One of the things that first surprised me after I moved here, was the weekly publication of the County Public Records in all the local newspapers! As if it's not hard enough to keep anything secret around here, if you make it into the Public Records, then all your darkest secrets can be in print too. You see we don't do this in the UK, you can go and request to see them at the Courthouse, but they're not all published in a weekly newspaper.For Brits reading this, let me explain what's published in the Public Records here. Marriage License applications (for which I have featured), Divorce proceedings, Small Claims under $10,000, Civil Relief over $10,000, Probate, Traffic, Criminal Misdemeanor, Criminal Felony and Oil & Gas Leases.Some of these are no big deal but others can reveal just a little more than you might want publicly known! For instance all traffic tickets appear, whether it's for no seatbelt, speeding, or transporting an Open Container of an Intoxicating Beverage. Now that last one is a good thing I think, for some people there's nothing quite like naming and shaming, but these aren't usually the ones that are listed! But to publish every single speeding/seatbelt ticket does seem a little OTT to me.But for real embarressment you'd better hope you don't make into the Small Claims or Civil Relief. They quickly reveal local disputes, often between family members and all the bad debtors, who are invariably not a big surprise as they may have a reputation for spending. We currently have a public official and his wife both being sued by different credit card companies. I would just be mortified if this happened to me and was published, but very few people are surprised or even care around here!The Criminal Misdemeanor and Felony sections spare no details from the reader. I have seen everything from forgery, to drug offences and even sodomy listed in there, it can be quite eye opening let me tell you.Finally the good news, as the Oil & Gas Leases are listed, revealing who just could be 'in the money' sometime soon. Personally unless it's for that last one, I hope to avoid such public humiliation anytime soon. But needless to say it's the first section I now read every week LOL.But my question is, does this happen everywhere in the USA?