Iowa woman arrested for not returning...

Iowa woman arrested for not returning library book

There are 25 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jan 23, 2009, titled Iowa woman arrested for not returning library book. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

An Iowa woman has been arrested because failed to return a library book. Shelly Koontz, 39, was arrested Thursday night on a fifth-degree theft charge.

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Professor

Rochester, MN

#1 Jan 23, 2009
Find out why this woman did not return this particular library book. Is she attempting to exercise censorship so others cannot read/check out the book? If so, I'd add more charges.
Reed Bookman

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Jan 23, 2009
Throw the book at her!
Cold in - Minnesota

United States

#3 Jan 23, 2009
This must be a very small town, with government employees with very little to do. Please send the library particulars and I'll send a check and pay for the book. This is crazy.
Irrigated

Tampa, FL

#4 Jan 23, 2009
Cold in - Minnesota wrote:
This must be a very small town, with government employees with very little to do. Please send the library particulars and I'll send a check and pay for the book. This is crazy.
I feel sort of bad for the police man/woman who had to go to the lady's door. Barney Fife award nominee?

“We're All In This Together.”

Since: Jun 08

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#5 Jan 23, 2009
I think this has more to do with Iowa only having 6 books in the entire state and without one of them, so much for higher learning! I for one am happy to see an Iowan trying to read. Very heart warming!
Irrigated

Tampa, FL

#6 Jan 23, 2009
Planet Earth wrote:
I think this has more to do with Iowa only having 6 books in the entire state and without one of them, so much for higher learning! I for one am happy to see an Iowan trying to read. Very heart warming!
Be careful, PE. Those Iowans might not take too kindly to such remarks. We don't want to get posts like, "how many Minneesotans does it take to correctly fill out a voting ballot", etc.
Sideshow Bob

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Jan 23, 2009
So no one else here sees this as an abuse of power? How many public resources did the library expend through the sheriff's office and court system to try to recoup the value of the $13.95 book? I hope the judge has enough sense to toss this out......

“We're All In This Together.”

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#8 Jan 24, 2009
Planet Earth wrote:
I think this has more to do with Iowa only having 6 books in the entire state and without one of them, so much for higher learning! I for one am happy to see an Iowan trying to read. Very heart warming!
Somebody from Florida should not be commenting on voting and ballots. Are case isn't even close to what yours was in 2000, so don't even go there!

“We're All In This Together.”

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#9 Jan 24, 2009
Should have been a reply to Irrigated. Not sure what happened there...

Since: Apr 08

Twin Cities

#10 Jan 24, 2009
The good news is, there must be virtually no crime in Independence, Iowa, which requires actual police attention. I just wonder, if the book had been, say, "The Audacity of Hope", would the library send the police out to retrieve it?

Since: Jun 08

St. Paul

#11 Jan 24, 2009
Cold in - Minnesota wrote:
This must be a very small town, with government employees with very little to do. Please send the library particulars and I'll send a check and pay for the book. This is crazy.
Maybe you could just Google "Independence, Iowa library" and see what you find.
Scuba

Waunakee, WI

#12 Jan 24, 2009
Well the police did go to the home previously to get the book or the money. I could see how this would be ridiculous if she had just forgotten and they arrested her. I think it's stupid that they had to go to all that trouble just to get a book/money back after repeatedly informing her.
Irrigated

Tampa, FL

#14 Jan 24, 2009
Planet Earth wrote:
Should have been a reply to Irrigated. Not sure what happened there...
Sorry, PE, for the delay. I had to take some time off to return my library books!
DD Austin

Madison, MS

#15 Jan 24, 2009
Is this the same lady that had a little x-tra curricula activity at the Gophers/iowa FB game at the Dome or is it one of her relatives?:)
DD Austin

Madison, MS

#16 Jan 24, 2009
Irrigated wrote:
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Be careful, PE. Those Iowans might not take too kindly to such remarks. We don't want to get posts like, "how many Minneesotans does it take to correctly fill out a voting ballot", etc.
If someone in Minnesota had a stupid attack and got caught doing something like this lady - the worst penalty the judge cound sentence them to would be to send them to iowa even for one day! The pig smell would probably do them in!!!!!!
ahem

Arlington Heights, IL

#17 Jan 24, 2009
Pretty funny to see money- and property-obsessed, law-and-order wingnuts defending theft.
Irrigated

Tampa, FL

#18 Jan 24, 2009
DD Austin wrote:
<quoted text> If someone in Minnesota had a stupid attack and got caught doing something like this lady - the worst penalty the judge cound sentence them to would be to send them to iowa even for one day! The pig smell would probably do them in!!!!!!
Sorry, DD, no bacon with those eggs for you tomorrow morning.
DD Austin

Miramar Beach, FL

#19 Jan 24, 2009
Irrigated wrote:
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Sorry, DD, no bacon with those eggs for you tomorrow morning.
Hey no problem-Idon't eat pork!!!:)
Big D

Seattle, WA

#20 Jan 24, 2009
Soon after, Independence police went on to arrest an elderly man for driving with her left blinker on for two miles.
vvv

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Jan 25, 2009
Funny, Iowa says a lot of the same stuff about Minnesota! By the way not everyone lives on a farm and Minnesota has farms. Iowa may be small but their monsters when it comes to wrestling!!

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