By LoLWut?? nd Why?? - United States
Today, I went to a library to return a book that I've had for years. After a heated discussion with the librarian, not only did she charge me over a hundred dollars for the book, she also called the cops to escort me out. FML
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  imyy  |  20

My understanding is for books that late, the biggest fine they can charge is the price of the book, but still, YDI for returning it several years late. What could have possibly been your excuse?

  lochiamochia  |  25

Probably lost it after throwing it to the floor and mounting piles of clothes and other stuff on top then found it after finally cleaning all the dust bunnies from under his bed and realizing, "Wow! I've been looking for this thing for years!"

  CrassKal  |  27

I currently owe my local library $70. I kept several books for several months overdue. Just dropped the books the bin and left. Went back once after 2 years to see exactly what owed, left as soon as they told me.

  that_band_nerd  |  22

Most libraries have special grace days where if you bring in late books you don't have to pay fines. They do it so they can just get their books back because otherwise everyone is too scared to have to pay for the book(s).


only if someone invited a button for that, oh wait they do have one.

  not_a_robot  |  15

My library doesn't even have a book returning time limit, they just send out a letter every month asking you to return it at the most convenient time possible. Is mine the only one like that?

  Ameel_fml  |  19

If you've had a book for years and the library hasn't reminded you to return it in all that time, I think that's a pretty good indication that you should just keep it.

Either that, or offer to pay for a replacement book.

  Enslaved  |  36

You are exactly right. I've also tried to return late books before and they told me to "just keep it" because they already replaced it. I did however have to pay the value for the replaced book. :P

I don't think the OP got ripped off though. The book was probably worth over the $100s to replace.

  Voij  |  16

Are we talking regular book or college class necessity type of book here?
Because the costs of the latter one are about 4-5 times as much as for the first one.

  VeganVampyre  |  26

In the States, the average softcover would be around 5-10$, the average hardcover would be 15-25$. Since the OP didn't specify, I think it would be logical to assume the book they had was probably your average novel, not worth more than 30$ or so. I don't know why you would assume the book was worth over 100$ when typically the only books that cost anywhere near that much are university texts, reference books, and collector's items.


132- If it were a college book, by the time OP accrued THAT big a fee, it'd already be outdated. It was a few years, after all. I have yet to hear of a particular edition of a textbook that's lasted for more than one year.

  VeganVampyre  |  26

Sure it could. Even if they had it for years, the library shouldn't need, or be able, to charge them for more than the book was worth. At this point they've probably bought a new copy to replace the book, so they should only be charging OP what it cost them to replace it.

  RedPillSucks  |  31

It was a "Where's Waldo book".
OP argued that there was actually a misprint and Waldo was nowhere to be found in the book.
The librarian insisted that Waldo was on page 35, and only an idiot would have taken so long
and not found Waldo. OP was incensed.