Wow, that is staggeringly shoddy journalism from whoever the heck Sean Leahy is, and slightly bad journalism from the PG. Jury duty requires one to show up at the courthouse for either one day or one trial. A large pool of people are all called up at once, randomly numbered, and run past the judges and lawyers in numerical order. Usually, multiple trials are all starting on the same day, so if you aren’t picked for trial A you may be screened again for trial B and so on until every jury panel is full. Prospective jurors can be excused by a judge for any number of personal reasons, including prior business commitments, family obligations, health, financial hardship, etc. Regardless of reason, people who haven’t been selected for duty at the end of the day are excused because they’ve put in their “one day.” Being excused from actually serving on a jury is a different thing than being excused from (or otherwise “ditching”) your obligation to show up and serve your one (very, very boring) day at the courthouse.
Also, they ask everyone if they want to donate the $9 pay for serving one day. If you donate, it goes into a fund that maintains the juror facilities (like stocking the coffee supplies and buying new furniture for the lounge). HCDB certainly didn’t “forfeit” the payment because he wasn’t picked.