One of the strangest phone calls I’ve received thus far in 2023 was from “Rudy,” who called to ask if a private business’ ban against him could be lifted.

He began our conversation with, “Can you get a ban they have on me removed?”

Ban? What kind of a ban was he talking about and who are “they?", I replied.

Dennis Beaver Practices law in Bakersfield and welcomes comments and questions from readers, which may be faxed to  (661) 323-7993, or e-mailed to Also, visit

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