Police Called Overdue Books
Published: May 14, 2012
Police Called Overdue Books, A Massachusetts mom said that her daughter was left in tears after cops showed up at their house to collect an overdue library book.
Shannon Benoit told CBS Boston that little Hailey, 5, was worried she was going to be cuffed and arrested when Sgt. Dan Dowd arrived at their door in Charlton Dec. 27 asking for the book.
With the cops standing at the door, the family searched the house and found the text, and returned it to Dowd, according to the report.
But when he left, Hailey began to cry.
“I thought it was way overboard,” Shannon Benoit told the TV station.
The story exploded around the Internet on Tuesday, leaving the Charlton Public Library to defend its actions.
Library director Cheryl Hansen told the Worcester Telegram in a story published Wednesday the branch wasn’t even after Hailey’s overdue books.
Hansen said the library was looking for an audio book worth $100 checked out by Hailey’s father, Tony.
“I’m getting email from all over the country. I’ve been called a f—— moron, an idiot, a Nazi, a communist,” Hansen told the newspaper.
“I’ve also had several library visitors today say they supported the decision.”
She added that patrons with overdue materials are sent letters and then a bill when a borrowed item is more than a month late. The Benoits deny receiving any notices.
Hansen told the paper that the Benoits were one of 13 homes to receive a visit from the cops in an effort to collect $2,634 in overdue books and fines. (NY Daily News)
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