William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Wednesday, 13, October, 2010

School Supplies

Filed under: Forensics,Teaching — williamthecoroner @ 10:23

Yesterday, I took advantage of the fine weather to go out and get school supplies. Specifically, supplies for the ballistics laboratory. This creates some difficulties. First off, I tried to use one of my faculty development grants to buy a (reproduction) M1928 Thompson. That was an interesting experience in paperwork and raised some eyebrows. There was the whole question of where I would keep the darn thing–Don’t really want to keep it in my office, as too many people have keys, and we couldn’t think of a practical, better solution.

I bought books with the money, instead.

But every year, I buy ammunition for my class. I get complaints from the administration, because I buy retail. You can buy the stuff via mail order, but with the shipping, HAZMAT fees, and storing 500 cartridges I think paying retail and getting reimbursed is the most pragmatic way to go. Still, I get complaints because the school doesn’t want to pay sales tax. If you’ve ever tried to get a small gun store to accept a University Purchase Order and tax-exempt number, you really haven’t gotten blank stares.

No matter, it usually gets paid, but this hiccup happens every year about this time.

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2 Comments »

  1. ” If you’ve ever tried to get a small gun store to accept a University Purchase Order and tax-exempt number, you really haven’t gotten blank stares.”

    Sounds like an entertaining afternoon to me. I’d suggest putting it on YouTube.

    Comment by Meagan — Wednesday, 13, October, 2010 @ 11:27 | Reply

  2. LOL- I can imagine, and I can also imagine your grin every year as you prepare to joust with the administration!

    Comment by Old NFO — Sunday, 17, October, 2010 @ 22:01 | Reply


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