Yes, months went by and I just kept renewing. The book ended up at the bottom of my "box-o-junk" in the car. I'm pretty sure it had been there since the summer. And, no, I never did get to reading the final page of that book. You wouldn't believe all the numbers you had to gather to determine your net-worth (too much trouble). Besides, saving money is like weight-loss, if you spend less, you'll save more; it's that simple. Why do we complicate the basics? I digress, again...I thought it was time to get the book back to its original home and, perhaps, into the hands of another good-intentioned
I checked my library account today and found a $20 fine!
|Where my can is parked during the summer months.|
Librarian: Well, if you received the book in this condition, all you have to do is say so and we'll drop the fine.
Me: Well, it was so long ago, I can't really say for sure.
Librarian: But, all you need to do is tell me you received the book in this condition and we'll drop the fine. (leading the witness)
Me: Well, I can't do that because I can't remember. Besides, I'm an honest and truthful person. This I know: I did not expose that book to water. This I also know: the library searched their deepest, dark crevices to pull-out this book from who knows where to get it for me. It's distinctly possible it was in this condition when I received it, but I don't know for sure?
Librarian: Well, do you want to say you received it like this or don't you?
During this time I'm looking up the book title on Amazon (I'm a multi-tasker) and I find out the book is only $10!
Me: Can't I just buy you guys the book for $10? That's half the fine and fair considering I'm not exactly sure I'm responsible.
Librarian: So, if that's the case, I'll only fine you $15.
Me: $15 is not $10.
Librarian: $5 processing fee.
Me: FINE! I guess I have to pay better attention when I receive the book in the first place!
Librarian: Have a nice day. Oh, and you can't take out any more books until you pay the fine. Your account is blocked for fines exceeding $10.
Me: Mmph. Panic ensues.
|I'm still in love with the library!|
So, sometimes you get screwed for being honest. 6 little words and I would have been off the hook; "I received it in that condition," is all it would have taken, you see, to wipe the slate clean. But, is my value system, my path to the Pearly Gates worth a lousy $15? NO! So, I paid the fine and righted it in my mind as a donation to the library (we've got the best one around, with the best people there, too).
The irony of it all has me in stitches. However, I may be the only one under this roof in a giggle. It's OK Super Hubby, I'm not doin' time for the "alleged" crime!
Have any library injustices you'd like to share?