Iowa Women Get Arrest Over A Libary Book.

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Mitsukuni

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Reminds me, I better return my library books.
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What an abuse of the law. I think its outragious that some one can be thrown in jail for a library book, man give her a fine or something. This is just one of the many examples of how the US's legal system is screwed up. I mean chargin her with theft is rediculous but we can all sleep better knowing that the library theif has been caught!
 
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I have read that unreturned books cost libraries thousands every year, and ultimately many of the books never get replaced. But still, this seems like a lot of trouble and cost for a $14 book, and I doubt she's the only person in that town who's had a book out that long. Must not be much going in that town.

I went to my local public library last weekend and I was dreading telling the librarian I'd lost my card. They always have this one lady working who acts as though you've committed a felony when you have overdue fees or a missing card. I'm not sure why, since I'm the one paying for them, but I guess overdue fees and missing library cards are to a librarian what a DUI is to a cop.
 

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hmm.. that is...... WOW.... i'm sure there must had been SOMETHING ELSE that happened.. bc that would be really wierd and........... i cant think of the big kid word that i am wanting to use...

there was this thing that was in our papers here about 2 boys, one 14 i think and the other 16 both killed a woman for an xbox?!?!
 

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I don't think it's wrong at all. A little extreme but its totally within the realms of the law. She said she was going to take it back but she was busy... So busy that she couldn't return the book for a whole 9 months?
 
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Frankly I'm not at all angered and i don't think it's wrong. she has had the book sense April, that's a long time. Also they had tried to contact her many times.
Court records show library employees tried repeatedly to contact Koontz by phone and mail. A police officer even visited her home last September.
and as daria7483 said even though it's a small amount it adds up with all the people that don't return the books.

unreturned books cost libraries thousands every year, and ultimately many of the books never get replaced.
They are trying to make an example out of her. by doing this they're hoping to scare people into returning books and paying overdue fees. I think it was over kill but i think that it may work to scare people. Besides i don't hear people complaining about the heartless blood sucking record industry that randomly selects people and sues them for hundreds of thousands of dollars for supposed illegal downloading using a team of lawyers. Some of the people that the record companies sue couldn't have possibly downloaded any music yet even once they know that they still try to sue. even if the person that they sued wins that person still has tremendous legal expenses to pay. so you complain about the police arresting one person for avoiding returning a book; yet few complain about what the recording industry dose over a few copies of a couple of songs.


P.S. I'm pretty sure that this is my longest post. Now I'm hungry:pizza:
 

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Yeah I think it's good!
She had plenty of notice and chances to sort it out, what did she think would happen? She stole a book, if you steal you get arrested, that's how it works.

Plus not returning books on time is *really* annoying.
 
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Besides i don't hear people complaining about the heartless blood sucking record industry that randomly selects people and sues them for hundreds of thousands of dollars for supposed illegal downloading using a team of lawyers.
Really? Because I've heard lots of people complaining about that. There was a point-counterpoint article about record companies suing teens in a magazine I was reading recently...can't remember what magazine it was, I was in the waiting room at the dermatologist.
 
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Thats rediculus! Its just a freaking book >.>
So if someone comes into your home and takes those pictures above you, you won't care, it's just some paper.

A friend of mine is a small town librarian. The budget they have for getting new books is quite small, if they are spending that on replacing lost/stolen books then they aren't getting new books.
 

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Maybe a little extreme. If they are going to do that to one person, you have the argument - are they going to do that to everyone? Not wrong, by any stretch of the imagination. She was repeatedly reminded to return the book, even by a policeman, and she didn't.

In the best case she is very forgettful and unlikely to forget again. In the worst case she was actually intending to steal it. I mean, 9 months! It does sound a little fishy. I think it is maybe a bit of an overreaction but definietely not undeserved. If it costs librarians as much as has been said, I can fully understand why it was done.

I have heard of far crazier arrests than this. Far far crazier...
 
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In Howard County (Maryland), the library initiates a civil suit against people who don't return books on time after the third notice. Basically, these oafs get taken to small claims court and are forced to cough up the late fees plus the value of the missing book, plus court costs.

Of course, this story does remind me of a roleplaying game I ran a few years ago. It was a postapocaleptic setting and the only surviving branch of government was the public library system, so the librarians became the law enforcement and military as well. The punishment for losing a book was a large caliber sniper round between the eyes, har har. (Well... The game was a bit over-the-top, har har).
 

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thats just sad...over a stupid book...i mean id accept 100$ and no need to go to court...in the end of the trial the library and her will have paid 500$+ for court costs...just goes to show you our government has nothing better to do...[removed]
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