According to the Independent on Friday, a Texas man was jailed when he failed to return an overdue study guide to a local library, resulting in his being booked by police and slapped with a $200 fine.
Jory Enck, a 19-year-old from the southern state of Texas, was arrested and imprisoned after he kept a book checked out for over three years. He was later released on a $200 bail.
Legal papers show that he borrowed a high school exam study guide in 2010 and did not respond to requests from the library to return it.
Copperas Cove Municipal Court Judge Bill Price said that the law has faced a lot of resistance from local residents who view it with “universal hatred. Nobody wants to get arrested over a library book.
A person must have an overdue book checked out for at least 90 days and not be responding to phone calls or e-mails before the municipal court is notified, according to library policies.
Julie Lehmann with the Copperas Cove Police Department said if an officer makes a routine stop or encounters a patron with an active overdue library materials warrant on a call they will make the arrest.
On Monday Enck did not respond to messages about the case, but a copy of a GED study guide like the one he checked out was back on the shelf.
Enck's library card was found inside the book and library records showed the book had been turned in the day after Enck's arrest.
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