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Soo…in trolling my usual blogs, I came across this story. Here’s an excerpt:
The Grafton Library had sent two notices and made two phone calls to Dalibor to retrieve the two books she had taken out. Dalibor simply failed to respond.
So the library turned the case over to local police, who notified Dalibor by mail that she would either have to pay a $171 fine or appear in court. Dalibor said she intended to go to court, but got stuck at work. She said she went to the police station after work to plead her case, but was told there was nothing she or the police could do.
So, on Aug. 6, Dalibor woke up to find a police officer walking around the side of her house and into the backyard. At the front door was another officer bearing a warrant for her arrest.
(The fines totalled $30, by the way.) My first reaction was, Really? That’s what we’re arresting people for these days? Then why can’t we arrest that guy who always drives like a jack ass? Or the guy who parks 20 cars around his house, most of which have expired registration?
But then, THEN, the part of me obsessed with obeying the laws and giving the evil eye to other people who don’t was like, YES! THAT’S WHAT YOU GET, BIOTCH! Let’s see if you ever don’t pay your library fines again!!!! MWAHAHAHAHA!!!
Rules are here for a reason, people. Except speed laws. Those are dumb. And laws that make it so we can’t have sparklers on the Fourth of July. Because no matter whether you believe in evolution or creation, we all believe in WEEDING OUT THE GENE POOL.
Now I don’t know what to think. On the one hand, this totally satisfies my innate desire to see people get the punishment they deserve for not paying overdue fines. On the other hand…jail? Really? I mean, it was easy, just call the cops, they send a notice…but really? Jail for LIBRARY FINES?
I don’t know. What do you think? What are the voices in your head telling you?*
*This is not to say I have voices in MY head…I’m just saying, IF you DO have those voices, I’d like to hear them now. Maybe we could set up a play date with the voices in MY head. IF I had those voices…THEN we might hang out.
Edited to add: Rebekah makes a good point, which I failed to put in my post, though if you read the news story it’s clear: this woman was jailed for ignoring a court order, not for failing to pay her fines. BUT, the court order was because she didn’t pay her fines. Capiche?