Unreturned library book leads to woma...

Unreturned library book leads to woman's arrest

There are 48 comments on the Newsday story from Jan 23, 2009, titled Unreturned library book leads to woman's arrest. In it, Newsday reports that:

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: Jul 08

Glenview, IL

#21 Jan 24, 2009
Freemind wrote:
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.
*chuckling* Lt. Bookman!

"Let me tell you something, funny boy... You know that little stamp? The one that says New York Public Library? Well, that may not mean anything to you, but that means a lot to me. One whole helluva lot. Sure, go ahead, laugh if you want to. I've seen your type before -- flashy, making the scene, flaunting convention. Yeah, I know what you're thinking... Why's this guy making such a big stink about old library books? Let me give you a hint, junior. Maybe we can live without libraries, people like you and me.... Maybe. Sure, we're too old to change the world. What about that kid, sitting down, opening a book right now in a branch of the local library and finding pictures of pee-pees and wee-wees in The Cat in the Hat and The Five Chinese Brothers. Doesn't he deserve better? 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. Or maybe that turns you on, Seinfeld... Maybe that's how you get your kicks... You and your goodtime buddies... I've got a flash for you, joy boy. Partytime is over."
PapalNuisance

West Babylon, NY

#22 Jan 24, 2009
Maybe the book Koontz took out was:

Real Sex for Real Women and needed to read it over and over again.
who says

Dalton, GA

#23 Jan 24, 2009
Selecia Jones- JAX FL wrote:
<quoted text>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.
I take it you voted for Obama...and are a former CSH mental patient.

As you can see, my login is now Gray, GA. Since you OBVIOUSLY don't know, the location a Router logs in at is not necessarily the location of the user.

Do you know what a router is, or do I need to explain that to you, too..?
who says

Sheridan, AR

#24 Jan 24, 2009
Selecia Jones- JAX FL wrote:
<quoted text>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.
GEE..now I am logged in at Commerce, GA.- outside of Atlanta. How did I do that..?

“Extra Extra Read all about me”

Since: May 08

illinois

#25 Jan 24, 2009
Iowa's finest are just pissed because they cannot control the "real" criminals running the streets..

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#26 Jan 24, 2009
who says wrote:
<quoted text>
GEE..now I am logged in at Commerce, GA.- outside of Atlanta. How did I do that..?
Settle down. The nurse will be by with your 5PM meds really soon.

You need to learn to joke a little. Lighten up. The whole thing is about a bunch of nuts putting a woman in jail over a $14 book. And I am not defending her actions, but questioning the authorities on thier wisdom to jail a woman for this transgression. A bill, collections agent, a removal of priveleges, drivers' license suspension, lots of other options. JAIL?? Come on.

And you know that it is a joke for anyone who is IN Milledgeville. Either get some thicker skin or learn to roll with the PUN-ches on Topix.

Sorry that I offended you. Just kidding.
Thesis AntiThesis

Milledgeville, GA

#27 Jan 24, 2009
Selecia Jones- JAX FL wrote:
<quoted text>Settle down. The nurse will be by with your 5PM meds really soon.
You need to learn to joke a little. Lighten up. The whole thing is about a bunch of nuts putting a woman in jail over a $14 book. And I am not defending her actions, but questioning the authorities on thier wisdom to jail a woman for this transgression. A bill, collections agent, a removal of priveleges, drivers' license suspension, lots of other options. JAIL?? Come on.
And you know that it is a joke for anyone who is IN Milledgeville. Either get some thicker skin or learn to roll with the PUN-ches on Topix.
Sorry that I offended you. Just kidding.
You're the one who chose to enter the fray, and throw insults...and still are. Now you seek to back track. You can't have it both ways, deary.

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#28 Jan 24, 2009
Thesis AntiThesis wrote:
<quoted text>
You're the one who chose to enter the fray, and throw insults...and still are. Now you seek to back track. You can't have it both ways, deary.
Said sorry for offending you. And you can't leave it at that?
who says

Milledgeville, GA

#29 Jan 24, 2009
Selecia Jones- JAX FL wrote:
<quoted text>
Said sorry for offending you. And you can't leave it at that?
You said:

"Settle down. The nurse will be by with your 5PM meds really soon...Sorry that I offended you."

I never was offended, just unwilling to tolerate you little jab.

To help you "save face", your excused.

Since: Apr 08

Knoxville, TN

#30 Jan 24, 2009
Selecia Jones- JAX FL wrote:
<quoted text> The whole thing is about a bunch of nuts putting a woman in jail over a $14 book. And I am not defending her actions, but questioning the authorities on thier wisdom to jail a woman for this transgression. A bill, collections agent, a removal of priveleges, drivers' license suspension, lots of other options. JAIL?? Come on.
This is theft, not a transgression. She checked out a book and didn't return it. What if she had checked out a car from a dealer for a test drive and didn't return it. Different property values sure, but it is the same thing.
More Bookman

Glen Cove, NY

#31 Jan 24, 2009
Lt Bookman wrote:
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!
I've got a flash for you joy boy, party time is over!
Actual Librarian

Ocean Springs, MS

#32 Jan 24, 2009
The fiance sent this link over and of course I had to pursue.

Yes, it does seem to be silly and over the top to arrest the woman and my library doesn't even send lost book accounts onto collection agencies. However, if you want to speak about wasted tax payer dollars, consider the hundreds of people in individual library systems across the nation that simply decide to "keep the book". Those little $13.95 increments add up really quickly and here's a news flash, most library books cost a lot more than $13.95.

Also, in each library money is wasted when staff have to track down library books, mail statements, spend time on the phone asking for books to be returned, etc. There, is a true waste of tax payer dollars as public libraries are funded with tax dollars.

At the end of the day, libraries provide a free service and LEND books and other media to patrons. When a library patron chooses to keep a library item, yes it is theft and it's in every tax payer's best interest to believe that.
lol

United States

#33 Jan 24, 2009
Story reminds me of the LI woman arrested at her
Thanksgiving dinner for an unpaid parking ticket.

Questioned by the media, the Desk Lt said "She should have paid her fine".

Those were the days.
Lonewolf

Batesburg, SC

#34 Jan 25, 2009
HNIC wrote:
<quoted text>
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.
That sounds like a good idea.
Say What

Coram, NY

#35 Jan 25, 2009
"All right, Shaka. Put down that Ebonics-English dictionary and come out with your hands up!"

todd delamuca

“NO PLAYOFFS FOR YEARS”

Since: Apr 08

FOR THE POOR G-men

#36 Jan 25, 2009
no wonder my wife wants me to return to iowa,i have an outstanding jaywalking ticket,she probably thinks i'll get 3-5 years,boy she sure is sneaky

Daniel P from Long Island

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#37 Jan 25, 2009
Theft is theft.

Throw the book at her !

Since: Oct 08

United States

#38 Jan 25, 2009
Book her, Danno!(ahem)
debo

United States

#39 Jan 25, 2009
this is the sickest story i ever heard.

yernogood-

“U missed the point and u still”

Since: Oct 08

don't no which way it went

#40 Jan 25, 2009
No more library for my kids, from now on it's roaming the streets with baseball bats.

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