Officers were sent to 13 houses recently in Charlton, Massachusetts to give notice that they had overdue books that needed to be paid for. At one home, there was a five year old girl who heard the conversation between her mother and the officer.
She began crying, because she thought the police were going to arrest her. The local librarian called the police for assistance in recovering overdue charges and the books. Since involving the police, the librarian has gotten emails from across the country harassing her and calling her names.
The people that were visited had books overdue for over a year. The librarian simply needed help in enforcing the library’s policies on not returning books. Libraries across the country lose thousands of dollars worth of books and other items yearly. Taxpayers fund the libraries and the police.
It isn’t terribly out of line for the librarian to try and seek help from the police to get the books back. It is a form of theft if they are never returned.