Crybaby of the Week and the case of the overdue library book

Some parents really don’t deserve the label.

Take this week’s Crybaby of the Week who is moaning because her daughter copped a library fine for an overdue library book.

Children can be liable for overdue library books – something 9-year-old Gabriella Harris found out the hard way.

The Shelly Park Primary School pupil took out a book on horses from Botany Library in East Auckland for a school project, and was hit with a $30 fine when it was returned two months overdue.

Her mother, Rochelle Harris, said she was shocked when told she would have to pay for the tardy return.

“We were in the middle of moving house and Gabriella had packed it away. When we found it we took it back, and they told us ‘Tough luck’.

“We always understood that if the child had the book out on a child’s library card then there wouldn’t be a fine. I was stunned.”

Stunned? Instead of paying the fine like a normal person would do, this crybaby ran off to the media to raise unholy hell.

Mrs Harris was told that because the book her daughter borrowed was from outside the children’s section, she would have to pay a fine.

“I think that’s crazy. If it was a historical romance or something like that then that’s not a problem, but the fact is that it was a reference book used for homework research.

“Kids should be being encouraged to take out library books, instead of just googling everything.”

The fine was eventually waived after some protesting, but Mrs Harris was told any future breaches would result in her having to pay.

“The manager was quite sympathetic, but they said this was our policy,” Mrs Harris said.

Auckland Council spokeswoman Liz Kirschberg said although child and teen items do not incur an overdue fee, fines for overdue books that are not classified as child or teen items are the responsibility of the child’s caregiver.

Fine waived because the whinging minger ran to the media; pathetic. Worse than pathetic, she has exposed her nine-year-old girl to the vagaries of Google and the internet all to waive a tiny and insignificant library fine…and, given the cost of houses in Botany, she could most certainly afford a few dollars of a fine.



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