Oh Texas, you slay me.
Jory C. Enck, of Copperas Cove, Texas, was arrested on October 23 on an outstanding warrant. A warrant for what you ask? Allegedly, Enck failed to return a GED study guide he checked out in 2010 to his local library.
A library book! A man was arrested and booked by cops and received a $200 fine for a book. A book that probably was worth $10.
KWTX.com reported that Copperas Cove City’s Municipal Judge Bill Price said the law was passed four years ago to offset the cost of replacing library materials.
“No one wants to get arrested over a library book,” Price said. “The other side of that is people who go to our library and can’t have these materials, they’re put out, too.”
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.
“I guess that they have to have some way to enforce the rules at the library to return borrowed material, I think that’s a little extreme personally and I’ll certainly talk to the mayor to maybe get that changed,” Copperas Cove resident Clyde Glosson told the station.
Copperas Cove Police Sgt. Julie Lehmann said an officer will make an arrest for overdue library materials, if during a routine stop or call, they discover an individual has an active library warrant.
She told FoxNews.com that such arrests are not frequent, though they’ve happened before.
“It’s not like this is the first time,” she said.
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.
A damn library book. I guess they’ve never heard of garnishing the fees from someone’s state tax refund like some counties in Maryland does. Don’t even ask how I know.