Clues for the game…

Clues for the game…

During the few moments that it will take to load the images, here are the clues you need to play this game. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) mandates that a request is generally to be responded to within twenty days. Some of my requests had taken as long as 51 days. I had complained. So then, in order to make one of my routine responses look like it had been responded to within the 20-day period, it may be that Nancy Slutter, the Patent Office’s FOIA Officer at the time, forged the date on a response back to March 13, 2001. However, the date that the postage meter in the mailroom applied was March 19.

In addition to botching up the date, she may have botched up the label. My guess is that Ms. Slutter, or one of her lackeys, stayed late on Friday night (the 16th) or came in over the weekend (the 17th or 18th), did the foul deeds of changing the rubber-stamp date back to Tuesday the 13th and used their own computer to print the address label, and then put the envelope in their outgoing mail which got picked-up and metered the next day, Monday (the 19th)

You decide! The idea of this game is to identify the address label that was on the envelope that contained the possibly forged document. Because of the possible hanky-panky that was afoot, the addressing of the envelope was not done by the secretary, who would know the Post Office standards for left margins and location of the zip-code for labels and who should have typed the address on the envelope for this very routine correspondence. Instead, one of the fifteen labels was done by someone else – and, by golly, it just happens to be the label that was attached with transparent tape to the envelope containing the possibly forged document. All of the labels were scanned at the same resolution. You can ignore the use of the salutation “Mr.” on some labels and also the use of different fonts. Concentrate on the Post Office standards for left margins and zip-code location which a secretary would know and use. Click on the extraordinary label that you think most befits an envelope containing a forged document.

Good luck!

Alexandra Hoffman

Alexandra Hoffman is a licensed lawyer who is specialized in bankruptcy and foreclosure in the USA. She has a BA in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and honors JD from New York University Law School. She has gained extensive experience by practicing in leading American law companies.

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