Letter to the Editor: Disgruntled library patron
Two months ago I decided to enroll in the library system and borrow some books from Price City Library. I was maybe a bit on the over-zealous side; I chose three books that appealed to my interest...albeit that was all the books they had on a particular subject I was interested in. I had to even call and extend my rental a few times due to the length and intensity of the material being presented.
If you've ever read Sagan, you know what I'm talking about.
So I wake up today with a card on my door from the Sheriff's department and a voicemail stating that I was being served with court documents. At first I was confused, but after meeting with the bailiff, Zach Palacios, it appears that the Price City Library had turned me over to Municipal Court for late fees for the total amount of $15.32. Phew, what a relief...until I found out that It did not stop there. There was also $60.00 in municipal court fees (but I'm not even going to court), and $30.00 to be processed. It was $105.32 for books which total less than $20.00 on Amazon. A courtesy call or letter would have saved me close to $100.
That's food on my plate, gas in my car. No one needs to hear more about tight budgets to understand that $100 in processing fees is extortion.
So yes, shame on me for having late fees. But fool me once Price City, because it's never happening again. I'll go purchase my Chinese-made Kindle and pay a multi-billion dollar conglomerate for my reading pleasure. Shop local, buy local? Give me a break. You've worn out my compassion for this city.