MSNBC.com – "Pay your library fines — or you could wind up like Heidi Dalibor"
Don’t you just love this great PR for public libraries. Oy!
August 25, 2008
You’re absolutely right. Libraries should just let people walk off with the collections in the knowledge that there are no consequences. After all, it’s not like anybody else would want the books…or anybody, say taxpayers, paid for them.
The woman was a scofflaw. Not a library scofflaw, a scofflaw. She admits it.
By the way, fail to pay parking tickets long enough, ignore the summons, and you’ll get arrested–not for being a “parking scofflaw” but for being a scofflaw. Do you attack cities for doing that?
Sure, she’s a crook. But there had to have been a better way to set the example (I’m sure that this was a PR move by the library to get back books). Maybe work with her and move it in a positive direction. I don’t know how to do that, but this whole story was really bad PR for public libraries.
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