Monday, January 5, 2009

Quotable - Return your library books or else

"Forget to return that book for more than 120 days, and even your credit rating can take a hit. A Boise, Idaho, family was denied a mortgage two weeks ago after a credit check turned up an unpaid library fine. Some libraries are pressing criminal charges. A paralegal in Massachusetts was arraigned last month on four counts of failing to return library materials, a misdemeanor. Says Peter Anderegg, the librarian who filed the complaint: '"We give you books, and you bring them back in two weeks or else. That's the deal."'

~ Maggie Sieger, Your Friendly Local Library?

Click here to read about the book thief in the mug shot.


The Bumbles said...

Uh oh - looks like I'd better get that "Edgar Sawtelle" book back on time this weekend! I think my mother has a library book from her childhood - it wasn't even one she liked - it just got lost in the shuffle. I don't have much sympathy for that woman in the mugshot though - total disrespect to ignore her obligations and waste others' time and efforts. Although she did decide to keep 2 good books :0)

cali said...

I don't have any sympathy for the book thief because she doesn't appear to have learned her lesson. The judge should have required that she do some community service along with her fine. What about the other people in her community who may have wanted to read those books she kept? Pretty selfish.