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Chattahoochee Chatter: The things you find in a courtroom

Let's start Chatter this week in Columbus Recorder's Court. You never know what you will find when you walk into the courtroom.

This month in front of Judge Michael Cielinski, a 73-year-old man faced two charges of disorderly conduct after officers accused him of bringing up Malcolm X and "racial issues" when a woman allegedly took his parking space in the Peachtree Mall parking lot.

Officers said the incident began when the woman pulled into a spot Leroy Battle claimed he was about to back into. She called police after he threatened to "kick her a--," according to court testimony.

When police arrived, Battle became belligerent, according to court testimony. He especially grew irate when the woman was allowed to enter the Peachtree Mall to use the bathroom. The officer did not allow Battle to enter because he is banned from the establishment.

Battle allegedly confronted the white officer and made unspecified references to Malcolm X, according to court testimony. He also said that he knew Columbus Police Department Chief Ricky Boren and would be speaking to Boren about the officer's conduct.

The officer told the court Battle also announced that he was going to run for Muscogee County sheriff and knew multiple people in prominent positions he planned to contact.

During his hearing, Battle told Cielinski he did not recall making references to Malcolm X, despite multiple witnesses to the event. Cielinski, unswayed, admonished the man for obstructing the officer's duties with his references.

"I'm not going to stand for a racial issue to be brought up between someone who's black and someone who's white," Cielinski said. "There's no place for something like that in our country."

Cielinski dropped one charge of disorderly conduct. A $600 fine was set for the remaining charge.

Standard & Poor's has given the Muscogee County School District a AA+ plus credit rating. In the company's June 24 report, it states, "Officials expect the development of a nearby military base to increase the presence of the private sector."

We wonder whether they know that a new U.S. Army assessment is calling for cutting nearly 11,000 military and civilian jobs at Fort Benning by the year 2020.

We in Chatterland would love to know how much you folks out there love your job. Or not.

The reason we ask is a recent survey by employment site, CareerBuilder, found that half (51 percent) of workers -- if they won a major lottery -- would continue to work for various reasons.

How about you? Would you take that ticket and ride into the sunset, a life of leisure, if not outright luxury, awaiting?

Perhaps more interesting, the survey, which included nearly 3,400 workers in various industries and company size, indicated 30 percent of those fantasy lottery winners would keep the job they now have. Yet only 15 percent of people say they are in their dream job. You?

Here are reasons folks say they would continue to toil away after striking it rich:

They would be bored if they didn't work -- 77 percent

Work gives them a sense of purpose and accomplishment -- 76 percent

They want financial security aside from the financial winnings -- 42 percent

They would miss co-workers -- 23 percent

For the 49 percent of us out there who definitely would hit the road and take an enthusiastic leap into the lap of luxury, here's the way they would do it:

Give two weeks' notice or give their employer more time if they needed it to find a replacement -- 48 percent

Give two weeks' notice and leave after two weeks -- 31 percent

Resign that day without giving notice -- 13 percent

Tell off the boss and air all grievances -- 3 percent

Not show up to work the next morning without formally quitting -- 2 percent

All we can say here in Chatterland is ... good luck out there.

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