A library book arrest is making headline news mainly because the story is quite strange. On Nov. 1, MSN reported that a man named Jory Enck was actually thrown in jail because he never returned a library book. The unreturned book was a GED study guide that Enck took out from the library three years ago. A warrant for his arrest in Copperas Cove, Texas was issued, and the rest sort of went the way you'd imagine.
"Enck was released on $200 bond, and by the next day that missing book was back on the shelf at the library — and Enck's library card was tucked inside," MSN reports. Clearly he doesn't want to make that mistake ever again.
The library book arrest isn't the first of its kind. In fact, in Copperas Cove has a city ordinance because of their severe problem with serial library abusers. It's unclear just how many people have been taken into custody because of overdue library books, but apparently it's quite an issue.
"The ordinance has been met with 'universal hatred,' municipal judge Bill Price told KEYE-TV. 'Nobody wants to get arrested over a library book,' he said" (MSN). While some people just can't find a couple of minutes to bring their borrowed book back to the library, some areas take this "offense" very seriously. In Enck's case, it all worked out...
His library book arrest got him to pay bond and got him to bring the GED book back to the library. Do you think arresting people over library books is too harsh?
© Effie Orfanides 2013