Q: We have had a candy machine in our office that dispenses a handful of candy for a quarter. The machine is owned by a sweet old guy that is just known as “The Candyman.” We don’t have a phone number to call, he just randomly shows up. The problem is we have not seen or heard from this gentleman in more than three months. The candy level is non-existent, but the want of candy is still there. The two dispensers seem expensive and we don’t want to just throw them out. Is this something that we could actually do?

A: You have no official contract with “The Candyman,” thus you can remove the machine at your discretion. The problem is that it is still his machine so it must be stored for a period of three months before it is considered abandoned property. I recommend that you contract a licensed vending company that you can dictate variety, replenishment and location.

Q: I am having one heck of a battle because my landlord is trying to kick me out of my apartment for what I think is no reason at all! I haven’t really done anything wrong. I am desperate and need some cheap legal advice. Can you help me?

A: I am free, but sorry, no I can’t. When it comes to specific “legal advice” you need to speak with an attorney. I suggest that you contact the Volunteer Lawyer Network that also serves La Porte County. They help with free legal assistance and representation. This program assists counties in the state of Indiana in the areas of Family Law, Adoptions, Guardianships, Foreclosure, Landlord/Tenant disputes, Consumer/Collections, Estate Law, Wills, Power of Attorneys, Health Care Directives, Contracts, Real Estate, Bankruptcy, and Immigration. They, however, do not assist with matters relating to traffic violations or criminal charges. Also, they do not accept fee generating cases such as personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death. You may contact them at 574-277-0075, or visit their website at www.volunteerlawyernetwork.net.

Q: I recently applied for a position with a local company to be a truck driver. I was told their policy requires both a psychological and drug testing before hiring. Isn’t this an invasion of my privacy?

A: Drug testing in the workplace became legal when President Reagan signed the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. If you fail drug testing in the workplace, then the employer has the right to take disciplinary action against you, such as firing, demoting or refusing to hire you. The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, has certain Federal regulations and some state drug testing laws encourage or require employers to allow offenders to choose a substance-abuse treatment program in place of employment termination.

Psychological testing is permitted as long as the tests aren’t designed to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age or national origin.

The La Porte County Police Law Enforcement Memorial Day honoring all fallen officers is next Friday at noon at 317 Detroit St. (the former Elston Auditorium). The public is invited and lunch will be served afterwards.

The winner of last column’s $30 gift certificate from Buffalo Wild Wings was Jerry Jackson of Michigan City. Let’s answer the last riddle of who was the culprit who stole the four cases of wings from Buffalo Wild Wings? The answer, of course, was Eddie, who took the wings!

The sponsor of this week’s riddle is our good friends at Patrick’s Grille in Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 gas card!

Rhonda, Lisa, Yolla, Heather, and Mandee all went to lunch together. While at lunch they were guessing the number of different menu items that they sell at Patrick’s Grille. Heather guessed 21, Rhonda guessed 25, Lisa guessed 23, Mandee guessed 20 and Yolla guessed 24. One was correct. Two were off by two, one was off by three and one by one. How many different menu items do they have at Patrick’s Grille and who was right?

The 11th correct answer by phone or email at exactly 1 p.m. today wins.

To answer a question or ask one, contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski at 873-1461, Ext #1020, or email ASKACOP@emichigancity.com.

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