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  • I'm paying the fine in red licorice
  • I kind of feel bad, one of bathroom reading books is a book I got from the library like 2 years ago:

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  • This is about illegal immigrants, isn't it?
  • I'm amazed we haven't sold off all the libraries to balance the budget.
  • I was working for a public school and an older gentlemen I know who lived down the street from me was cleaning out his stuff and found an old book he had taken from the school library and asked me to return it. I explained things and the librarian and I chuckled as she checked what the fine should be. $375.00
  • I thought books were illegal in Phoenix because Sheriff Joe doesn't like people who read
  • So around $100 an item? Did they have the police calculate the overdue fees?
  • That's a lot of copies of "Hop on Pop," and dammit, they'll be returned when they're finished with them. Reading doesn't come easily to Arizonians.
  • Farking republicans. They make the world awful.
  • cousin-merle: I'm amazed we haven't sold off all the libraries to balance the budget.


    Shut.
    Up.

    /You'll give our batshiat insane state legislature very ideas.
  • RedPhoenix122: [t0.gstatic.com image 257x196] 

    /oblig


    So you think I'm a loser? Just because I have a stinking job that I hate, a family that doesn't respect me, a whole city that curses the day I was born? Well, that may mean loser to you, but let me tell you something. Every morning when I wake up, I know it's not going to get any better until I go back to sleep again. So I get up, have my watered-down Tang and still-frozen Pop Tart, get in my car with no upholstery, no gas, and six more payments to fight traffic just for the privilege of putting cheap shoes on the cloven hooves of people like you. I'll never play football like I thought I would. I'll never know the touch of a beautiful woman. And I'll never again know the joy of driving without a bag on my head. But I'm not a loser. 'Cause, despite it all, me and every other guy who'll never be what he wanted to be are still out there being what we don't want to be forty hours a week for life. And the fact that I haven't put a gun in my mouth, you pudding of a woman, makes me a winner.
  • My local library had a $25 max fee, which was a problem for the longest time because a $300 videocassette with public performance rights was never returned. It also applied to someone who checked out a $10 book and forgot to return it.

    I think they changed to the max fine being replacement value. But now they don't bother collecting fines if you have less than $5 in them, so you could be a day late on a bunch of items before the self checkout system would frown at you. At that rate their ten or twenty thousand users could rack up big sounding money in uncollected fines.
  • If the library wants to find their books, they need to go to the flea markets, yard sales, and antique shops.
  • Is the sad tag for the overdue fines, or the fact that an entire state only has 40,000 books that were returned overdue?

    I think I may have that many overdue now myself...
  • I've managed to talk my way out of hundreds of dollars in library fines. If you're apologetic, most librarians will be undersanding.


    I couldn't live without a good library. Most books I read are too expensive to own, and some of the rest are too hard to find.
  • A few years back, maybe 5 or 6, even, the Kansas City library computer system went down, losing all their records of who had what books out. I had a good 15 books out at the time. I should get around to returning them, one day. I've moved in the interim, and it's like a 10 minute drive.
  • Man. I rented out a DVD from our local library. Had to leave out of town for work and asked the boyfriend to return it. He forgot for 3 weeks, and since it got buried under mail and I was exhausted I didn't notice for 2 more.

    They capped what I owed at $20.

    wildcardjack: My local library had a $25 max fee, which was a problem for the longest time because a $300 videocassette with public performance rights was never returned. It also applied to someone who checked out a $10 book and forgot to return it.

    I think they changed to the max fine being replacement value. But now they don't bother collecting fines if you have less than $5 in them, so you could be a day late on a bunch of items before the self checkout system would frown at you. At that rate their ten or twenty thousand users could rack up big sounding money in uncollected fines.


    Man... this.

    I'm fine with charging a restocking fee on top of the replacement value - someone has to recatalog that item if it has to be replaced - but beyond that, come on.

    /worked at a library at my university
    //part of the training was looking up people we knew in the system
    ///my roommate owed $200 she had to pay before she could get her diploma
    ////and even with that leverage that was still just for 4 art books she had ridiculously overdue
  • One of the times I was most ashamed of myself was when I spilled a coke on a library book and ruined it. The worst part was that I paid the value of the book, but I knew they weren't going to replace it, and it was a really neat translation of the Odyssey. I was so bummed that I took that book out of circulation. That was many years ago, and now I would be ashamed of myself for almost anything. I am a shameful person.
  • Dammit. But Emerson makes the best coasters
  • I think the chances are better that they have 40,000 copies of "The Little Mermaid" checked out than they do of one book being checked out.
  • warlok42: Is the sad tag for the overdue fines, or the fact that an entire state only has 40,000 books that were returned overdue?

    I think I may have that many overdue now myself...


    Phoenix is a city. There should be a Sad or Sick tag on this thread because the Phoenix library system has fewer items than the population of the city.
  • NetOwl: I've managed to talk my way out of hundreds of dollars in library fines. If you're apologetic, most librarians will be undersanding.


    I couldn't live without a good library. Most books I read are too expensive to own, and some of the rest are too hard to find.


    A lot of THIS^. I have seldom had overdue books, But I do have four children who would lose books all the time. A couple of times per year we would find books that had been "lost". If I hadn't already paid the replacement cost by then*, we would return them and usually get the fines greatly reduced or forgiven.

    The public library system is one of the greatest accomplishments of civilization. Checking out a book, reading it, and taking it back is much better than buying a book, reading it, and then have it laying around the house collecting dust.

    *The main reason I hadn't already paid the replacement cost was almost exclusively because one of my kids wouldn't tell me that they had lost a library book.
  • I suppose this isn't a good time to admit that about 20% of my book collection is from books I forgot to return and rediscovered years later.

    /nearly all of it was lady porn
    //not ashamed
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