On Thursday, August 10, 2017, a middle-aged man paid a visit to the Tompkins Square Library in New York City in order to return “The Woman in the White House” by Marianne Means, which had been due on June 16, 1979.
Upon receiving this return request, library clerk Olga Estevez, 60 said to the New York Post, “He just said he found the book. I didn’t ask him any questions. He wanted to know if the book was in the system and I said, ‘No, this is from 1979!’ He wanted to know if it can be put back into the system, because it was a good book. He said he was sorry it was late and just left.”
Photo courtesy of R. Umar Abbasi, The New York Post
If this mysterious book-borrower was to pay for overdue fines, 25-cents-per-day-fine would accumulate to a shocking total of $3,483.75. With this significant overdue, the Tomkins Square Library system can no longer recognize this book.
“Every book is different. In this case, as the book is no longer in our system, we don’t know what the replacement cost would have been,” Library spokeswoman Angela Montefinise informed The Post. “When a patron accumulates fines of $15 or more, he or she can no longer check out books.”
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