Hefty library fines dog even 5-year-olds
This article bothers me in so many ways, I don’t even know what to quote. I’ll go with this:
“The 10-year-old is being held responsible by the Allen County Public Library for $778 in fines and replacement costs of items checked out in his name. The 5-year-old is also facing fines and replacement fees, although Mason isnâ€™t sure how large those fees are. Mason says library officials wonâ€™t tell him. Heâ€™ll have to take the child to the library and have him ask how much he owes.
But how do a 5-year-old and a 10-year-old pay such hefty fines? Mason says heâ€™s been told that when they are 18 theyâ€™ll be sued for it. Meanwhile, because they owe large fines, they canâ€™t use the library.”
Not only that, but this stinks too:
“According to a 2005 report, in the previous 12 months, 82,000 items were borrowed from the library and not returned. Those items had a value of $1.4â€‚million.”
A lose-lose situation. Sad.
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