Massachusetts Library Uses Local Police Officers to Collect Overdue Books
While difficult financial times are forcing cities all over the nation to
layoff law enforcement officers, police in a small Massachusetts town
apparently have nothing else better to do than attempt to collect overdue
books for the local library.
Library officials and police officers from small Charlton, Mass. came under
fire this week after an officer knocked on the door of Shannon Benoit to
discuss overdue library books. Benoit said the action was overboard and
upset her 5-year-old daughter.
Laughably, even the officer who stopped by the Benoit’s house was less than
“Nobody wanted to, on this end to get involved in it,” said Charlton Police
Sergeant Dan Dowd. “But the library contacted us, and the chief delegated,
and apparently I was one of the low men on the totem pole.”
After the outcry, library officials defended the action saying
along with $30 in books due in October 2010, there was an outstanding and
more expensive $100 audiobook loaned out to the family in 2009 that had
never been returned.
Along with the Benoit’s, another 12 addresses in the town were set to
receive visits. The amount of overdue materials from the 13? A measly
The visit did work, and the library has all the overdue materials from the
Benoit’s. But is sending out law enforcement really the best way to go about
Posted by Brent Dirks on Jan 04, 2012