Monday, August 25, 2008
Pay your library fines or go to jail
Heidi Dalibor's booking photo from The Smoking Gun
The Smoking Gun reported on the arrest of Heidi Dalibor, a 20-year-old Wisconsin woman who failed to respond to letters and phone calls about two overdue books. While I understand that libraries have the right to retrieve their materials or be compensated for their replacement, stories like this fuel stereotypes that libraries are old-fashioned, overzealous, and punitive. It doesn't help that the fines were $30, but the cost of bailing her out of jail was around $170.
It reminds me of the Seinfeld episode with Mr. Bookman, the Library Detective:
Read more about the arrest at The Smoking Gun