Last week, I received a notice from the town of Ashland informing me that I was being fined for failing to register my dog Buster. Three things struck me as odd. First, I don’t own a dog. Second, the letter was not issued to me, but rather the last occupant of my house (who really needs to change his address). Third, Buster has apparently been deceased for a number of years.
How could this have happened? If you guessed software glitch, give yourself a pat on the back.
According to a post on the town’s website today, a glitch in the Town Clerk’s computer software caused notices to be sent to dog owners whose pets might have died or moved out of town.
“If your dog has moved or passed away, please notify us,” said Clerk Tara Ward’s post.
The post said a software crash also caused purple notices about fines for dog licenses to be sent to residents whose dogs might already be registered.
That’s one of many interesting testing stories of the day. Here were a few others that caught my attention: