Cops Pay Kid a Visit for Over Due Library Books

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Registered: 10-08-2004
Cops Pay Kid a Visit for Over Due Library Books
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Thu, 01-05-2012 - 7:16pm

Do you think this is ok or going to far?

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Registered: 11-18-2008
I think it's going to far. When you look at the fees owed, yes, they are huge, but the library wasn't out that much money. They were really only out the money that it would cost to return the book.

We want kids to be happy to use the library, not afraid to set foot it it. And they need to trust police officers, not fear them. I just think it was too much. :(
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Registered: 10-23-2000
Bet she never forgets to return her books again!
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Registered: 09-12-2003

this was local, I have a news station on my facebook they posted this story you'd be suprised the number of people who slammed the mother for going to the news...she should use it as a teaching momment...BS if my city spent MY tax money to send a cop to collect library books when they could be patrolling for real criminals and when the pay to send him far EXCEEDED the cost to send a notice even via UPS!!! Thats missusing city funds in my book whether its a 5 year old or a 35 year old!!

BTW if this is the trend in my state Liam is going to have to spend some HARD time, he has a book from last summer my dad NEVER told me he took kids to library and its not in my town and whenever we are in teh area I never have it on me

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Registered: 05-02-2004
I have to agree. Really, how much does an officer make an hour? Is it less than the cost of the book? (In some places, it may well be.) I feel for libraries - lost books are costly to replace. Get volunteers to go around and personally remind people - not the cops. Or, just consider it part of operating a library.
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Registered: 09-12-2003

So I couldn't remember the town this was from so when I googled the story I got the update that seems to be lost in all the hype. According to the librian not only were many notices sent it wasn't the 5 year old books they wanted it it was a $100 adults audio book and they were 1 of 13 houses visited and they collected over $2000 in past due books. So guess could see towns doing periodic collection sweeps but still seeing as my town has a higher crime rate still would rather that officer do something more public safety but also the alternative if they really wanted to collect the money they would probably spend a lot more money sending it a collection agency vs sending the officer out...but rest assured unless you kids checked out big buck books I'm no longer worried about a visit from a man in blue over the $5.00 book we have yet to return. And also guessing those slammers may have been more on the mark, sounds like these parents are omiitting information no where do they say there was an adult audio book

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Registered: 01-05-2005

While I think sending police to collect on an overdue book (even a $100 audiobook) is bizarre - I also have to really wonder at this mother's judgement. I mean, why was the 5-year old even part of this conversation? From the sergeant's remarks, he wasn't too happy about it and I doubt he was yelling or demanding to talk to the little girl. When your child is under 18, the PARENT is responsible (at least in our library) so if the police wanted to talk to anyone about an overdue book, they could talk to the parent. Again, I still find it a little strange that we're paying police to collect overdue books, but the mother is not blameless here at all!

Theresa