Reading put the fun in fundamental, but failure to return library books can put people in jail.
A Texas man had the book thrown at him by Copperas Cove police recently after failing to return an overdue library book, reports Fox News.
Jory C. Enck checked out a GED study guide in 2010 and never returned it, police said. He was arrested for “overdue library materials” and released on a $200 bond.
A patron must have a book checked out for a minimum of 90 days and not respond to phone calls or emails from the library before the municipal court is notified, according to library policy.
A municipal judge said the city’s unusual ordinance has been met with “universal hatred.”
“No one wants to go to jail for a library book,” said Judge Bill Price.
A GED study guide like the one Enck checked out is back on the library shelf, reports kwtx.com.
Enck’s library card was found inside the book and library records showed the book had been turned in the day after Enck’s arrest.
I’m all for returning library books on time, and I’ve returned a few late myself, but I’ve always wondered why a library charges full price if you lose an old book. I’ve seen what used books go for and it’s not full retail.
And wouldn’t digital books fix this problem?
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