Unreturned library book leads to woman's arrest

Full story: Newsday

An Iowa woman has been arrested because she failed to return a library book. Thirty-nine-year-old Shelly Koontz was arrested Thursday night on a fifth-degree theft charge.
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Since: Nov 08

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Absurd.
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You are kidding,correct?This is unbelievable.
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I bet the sheriff sleeps with barn animals too
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Hey, it's public property!!!!
I'm coming for you next, you know who are!!! ha,ha,ha,ha,ha.....
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Look. If you think this is about overdue fines and missing books, you'd better think again. This is about that kid's right to read a book without getting his mind warped!
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Maybe revoke her Library privileges until book and/or fine is paid?

Or they should sue the woman in small claims court for the cost of the book and legal cost?(She obviously wasn't in hiding).

But the colossal lack of common sense and misuse of the criminal justice system for this kind of crap.....

I guess that town doesn't get enough tourists going through the sherriff's speed traps and they have to make up the revenue.
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Arrested for not returning a library book...Illegally cross the border and "rip-off" tax paying Americans for millions of dollars... and nothing is done? It's time for the next American Revoulution!!!

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Joey wrote:
Arrested for not returning a library book...Illegally cross the border and "rip-off" tax paying Americans for millions of dollars... and nothing is done? It's time for the next American Revoulution!!!
Start the revolution without me
I'm too busy checking all the books in the house..
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...this is communism, pure and simple.

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Start the revolution without me
I'm too busy checking all the books in the house..
Your to funny.....

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Made me think of the "libarary cop" episode of Seinfeld. Seriously though, theft is theft. Not much different than shoplifting the book from Barnes and Nobles.

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Jan 23, 2009
 
Sure glad I remembered to return my library books.haha

I didn't read the article but trying to figure out why she just didn't get a fine? I know read the article but too tired.lol
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If it was a video she'd be looking at the chair.

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LIVING WELL*THE BEST REVENGE

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I am sure that there has to a bigger waste of taxpayer $$$, but it may be hard to find. This is beyond absurd....
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Jan 24, 2009
 
So,when someone doesn't return a book,despite repeated attempts to get them to do so,just let them keep it?How long do you think that public libraries would last?
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Jan 24, 2009
 
Lonewolf wrote:
So,when someone doesn't return a book,despite repeated attempts to get them to do so,just let them keep it?How long do you think that public libraries would last?
Yes. And when send them a bill for it or tie it to her license being renewed, but not this. The money wasted keeping her in jail cold buy the book a couple of times over.
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I wonder if she, and her defenders on this forum, voted for Obama..?
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When you dumbasses complain and bit-ch to the librarian and/or clerk why the book or dvd isnt on the shelf, its because the k-unt didnt return the item.
Bravo to the Library Director.
Throw the stupid k-unt in jail.

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who says wrote:
I wonder if she, and her defenders on this forum, voted for Obama..?
Do they let you have internet privledges in Milledgeville? For the rest of you who don't know, that is home to the Sate Mental Institution in Georgia.
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Jan 24, 2009
 
wtf i would sue them haha

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