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Police Crack Down on 5-year-old's "Crime"

Police Crack Down on 5-year-old's "Crime"

Police Crack Down on 5-year-old's "Crime"

If your child's library books are regularly overdue, you'd better be glad you don't live in Massachusetts.

A 5-year-old girl in Charlton, MA received a visit from a police officer who was looking for her two overdue library books. In Massachusetts, failing to return library materials is considered a crime.

The police officer in question was uncomfortable with the situation, too, but was following orders as part of a city-wide push to reclaim over $4,000 in unreturned library materials. He said he thought a friendly visit was a better idea than sending a court summons to a child. The family has since returned the books in question. 


Read more (Daily Mail)

Do you and your kids return library books on time? 

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CoMMember13610669289849 CoMMember13610669289849 5 years
You have to be kidding! return the books. If the child wants to keep the books because they are her favorites,go purchase them at your local book store or on-line. Not worth the hassle.
Jenny14832026 Jenny14832026 5 years
wow this is crazy and a waste of taxpayer money! we do not pay our cops to get library books back! i get the importance of books and returning things that are loaned to us but this is over the top crazy! wow just wow!
StephanieMullins40168 StephanieMullins40168 5 years
I think this was handle right, but honestly its the parents job to teach a child responsibility and respect for other peoples property.
PennyMurdock PennyMurdock 5 years
Not allowing her to check out new books until the others are returned or paid for would be the smartest approach. Why send an officer to do a parent or librarians job?
MonikaWoods MonikaWoods 5 years
I actually think it is a good idea. Maybe she will learn some responsibility that her mother does not have. My son has lost way to many library books and I have always taught him that it is HIS responsibility and not mine. Maybe I should have the cops come pay him a visit? Better it happens to her when she is 5 and not 15.
Angela99824 Angela99824 5 years
Even though I'm aware it wasn't a 5 year old's $5 borrowed book they were after; would it really be so bad if it were? People post about going after ''real criminals"? Yeah, great idea, meanwhile we'll be teaching children it's only a crime if you get caught. It's not as if the city was ignoring 911 calls while the matter was handled!
NikiScott57952 NikiScott57952 5 years
Go and fight some crime police!! Seriously?!
JulieZibble JulieZibble 5 years
Don't think the mom is so innocent here. She probably got at least 10 emails, 10 letters and 10 phone calls before this happened and ignored them all....People are irresponsible and "shocked" when held accountable. I've heard it all before - "I never got it" and then when you push, they bring in the letter they "never got".
cherylcousins75119 cherylcousins75119 5 years
It is completely up to the parents to be responsible to make sure those books are returned. not a 5 yr old child..and of course kids will forget.. parents job to return the books.
cherylcousins75119 cherylcousins75119 5 years
my daughter regualary borrows books as well, it is up to the parents to make sure they are returned as I always do.. kids will never remember that on thier own... it is a parents job to see to it.
SarahCarvellas SarahCarvellas 5 years
There's nothing crazy about this. He just came and got the books that these people should've just returned in the first place. It's not like the kid was arrested or anything. And it didn't say $4000 in fines. Re-read, Renee.
ReneeCossich ReneeCossich 5 years
$4000.00 in fines and materials for 2 books? Now that is a bit excessive. Really? Its cost more for court cost to send out someone to someones house for this. Who paid that?
TracieFlyrCasey TracieFlyrCasey 5 years
One little girl and two books may seem irrelevant, but when you times that by 20 or 50 people it starts to add up. So if the library did not have procedures in place to get their books back then unfortunately that's what the police and the courts are for. Plain and simple. It's a borrowed product and if your obligations are not met, whether its a library or your car payment, measures have to be taken to get the item back. I think the police handled it well, he was respectful of the fact it was a child.
karenberry71705 karenberry71705 5 years
Our little town had this kind of problem with over due books. What actually ended up happening is that our officers ended up arresting people for drugs because by knocking on their doors they found drugs within site when the doors were opened. So taking care of bigger crimes... you never know what they will find. And by the way im sure people or parents will remember this for a long time.
TheresaDesarroRevilak TheresaDesarroRevilak 5 years
I agree with Kelly. I don't have a problem with that. I remember when I was kid and we kept a library book for a long time and accrued quite a fee, my mother made us go and volunteer at the library. It ended up working out so well we kept doing it for months. Nothing wrong with character building!!
KellySwartz KellySwartz 5 years
Since the cop took the time to understand he was dealing with a child and turned it into a character building exercise, I think the situation was handled well. As an added bonus, that little girl will remember such a lesson forever. Every time she is contemplating doing something non law abiding, I bet she thinks about how a cop will come to your house over a library book, so simple, something more serious, trouble for sure!
LisaJackson34668 LisaJackson34668 5 years
Thankyou Bonnie mousseau for the link to the full article, it wasn't anything to do with the kid, it was about an overdue audio book worth $100 checked out by her dad, they had exhausted all other ways of getting it back without any luck so calling the cops was a last resort. and their house was one of 13 homes to get the police on their door. Maybe the little girl wouldn't have got so upset if she had been taken her upstairs or to another room or something while her dad dealt with it, it was his overdue audiobook afterall.
KJ2997669 KJ2997669 5 years
MichelleHaycock MichelleHaycock 5 years
No it wasn't the cop, and yes it was the parent but the library could have used other ways of collecting this money. There should have been a adult on the user account that should have been responsible and if they couldn't then the parents of the 5 year old should have had some kind of collection action taken against them! I really don't understand why the police got involved! I think that the police especially at that age should be a good role model not a person that is sent in to scare this young child!
JessicaTaylor88048 JessicaTaylor88048 5 years
I understand the concept. But, really? Do the police as a whole have nothing more pressing than library materials? I appreciate that this officer paid a friendly visit rather than the alternatives. Still, it's my money (all taxpayers) that pay his salary, I'd much rather his time be put to use on more pressing matters - you know, those pesky things like gangs, drugs, sex offenders, domestic violence... Oh...and Heather Badin - a crime is a crime? If you miss a credit card payment, do you want the cops showing up on your door? Technically, they could. Punishment should *fit* the crime. I understand overdue books are a problem - but, really? Court? All that time and money - much more than what the fines are, I'm sure - or more than the cost of sending the bill to collections (a common practice for MANY places), police and court worker's just...doesn't seem to fit the "crime". Think of a cop showing up on your door if you borrow something from a neighbor and forget to give it back. Does that truly fit the "crime"?
HeatherBadin HeatherBadin 5 years
For the person who said " this is hy kids hate police"- NO, this is why kids grow up thinking they can get away with everything! This is why clearly you as a parent think the child has the "right" to the book. The book was borrowed, the family racked up charges- a crime is a crime! The parents are not setting a good exampe and it has nothing to do with the officer at all! Shame on all the parents who think the kid/parent were treated harshly or the officer was wrong. BE responsible and teach your kids how to act in life and these things won't happen. @ Circle of moms- BAD CALL posting something against a law officer when you didn't disclose the full article. We ar a generation ofparents who should be raising law abiding kids. You are not setting a good example to go against law enforcement
KhyaraNewton KhyaraNewton 5 years
lol and that's why this ended up on "stupid news" on 95.7 in houston
NancyChalk NancyChalk 5 years
Thank you for the Moms who posted the full story links Shame on the news casters who did not report the FULL story. We have taken a beating from the uninformed, and received much praise for following proticol, from people who understand the privilege of having the use of a library.
LisaRittenhouse LisaRittenhouse 5 years
Or perhaps the better response to the theft of Library property would have been to drag them to court. Next time the cop could very well be serving a summons instead.
LisaRittenhouse LisaRittenhouse 5 years
Shame on Circleofmoms for not bothering to take the time to get the real story and for playing into the sensationalism behind the parents’ outcry. What about the $100 audiobook the father had checked out in 2009 and failed to return. If your going to tell a story tell the whole story. Don't leave out the fact that they had $130 worth of taxpayers property.
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