Lost perspective

Dave Killion — January 5, 2012

I guess some kid swam in the public pool without showering first.

I used to rent a lot of videos from an independent store nearby, and it was very common for me to return them late. Overall, they were good sports about it because we gave them so much business, but on occasion I had to pay a late fee. In all cases, they were careful to keep me happy even if I was occasionally a source of frustration. Now, if they had been a public library

“Charlton Police Sergeant Dan Dowd stopped by the home of Shannon Benoit to let her know that her daughter had two books several months overdue which needed to be returned or paid for.”

Those who have not lost their minds will probably recognize this as a somewhat disproportionate response, but the authorities want you to know the incident wasn’t as bad as it could have been –

” (S)tate law does outline a misdemeanor for such things, and police thought a friendly reminder might make a better impression and get better results than a cold summons to court.”

A visit from a uniformed man with a gun, truncheon, taser, and mace is a friendly reminder? The only thing it reminds me to do is spend less time at the public library!

 

Comments

The Whited Sepulchre says

Linked !

— January 6, 2012

John says

Of course in small town America of the 50s, this would have been seen for what it was; A police officer bringing a friendly reminder of the borrower’s promise.

— April 10, 2012

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