Yeah! What she says!

Yeah! What she says!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Do You Have Your Affairs In Order?

So if you died tomorrow how would you be sure your library book was turned in on time? Would you leave that expense to your loved ones? Evidently the folks in Harrison, New York want you to be sure you have this covered as well.

Wed Sep 26, 10:18 PM ET

HARRISON, N.Y. - Even the dead apparently have to pay the fines on their overdue books at one Westchester County library. Elizabeth Schaper said she was charged a 50-cent late fee while turning in a book that her late mother had checked out of a Harrison Public Library branch.

"I was in shock," Schaper said. "This has rocked me to my core."

Schaper's mother, Ethel Schaper, died at the age of 87 on Sept. 16 after suffering a massive stroke. A few days later, Schaper said she found a library book, "The Price of Silence," by Camilla Trinchieri, that her mother had checked out from the library.

"My mother was an avid reader — she read an average of two books a week," Schaper said. "She was a frequent patron of the library."

Schaper said she returned the book last week, and was stunned when the man behind the library counter told her of the 50-cent fee.

"I told him that maybe he didn't hear me right, that my mother had just died, otherwise I'm sure that she would have returned it on time," Schaper said. "His only reply was that, 'That will be 50 cents.'"

Connie Perrotta, a secretary for the director of the Harrison Public Library, confirmed the incident occurred but said that the library would have no comment.

Schaper said a couple days after the incident another library employee called to apologize and offered to return the fine she had paid.

Even though I am sure that the local library system has heard it all, I am not sure they should have made a big stink over $.50...

1 comment:

Ron Simpson said...

This is what I like to call the "bereaucratic mindset" where there are no exceptions and creative thought is squashed. You can find it taught in public schools.