Special Snowflake Uses His Power of Mental Challenge to Play on Sympathies of Library Staff.
Library Staff has Stopped Buying.
We'll call him Mortimer. Mortimer likes to do things that are prohibited or, if they are not actually prohibited by library policy, they still come down on the side of inappropriate behavior.
For example: Mortimer has a mini video recorder. He will get time on our computer and video whatever he is watching. Problem: he will then "accidentally" start video recording someone else's screen, or someone else's face and so forth. Not that long ago, a young woman came into the library to do some work on the computers. It is no exaggeration to say that this young woman is the sort for whom the word "exquisite" was coined. She was breathtakingly lovely.
She asked me for help in printing. We were struggling to find what we needed when she gasped "He's taping us!"
I turned around and there stood Mortimer, with a book in front of his face and camera aimed straight at her face. I told him to put the camera away now. He argued that he was just reading the book. I told him I could SEE the camera (which he still had trained on her) and he said "I am recording pictures of the book" (still recording the girl) I told him to put the camera away or he was going to lose it. (I cannot actually touch patrons, but I can recommend that someone might.) He finally put the camera away, but then wasted the rest of my evening very politely (always with a smile) arguing that it was okay for him to record things and that "all the other libraries in the area let him do that" (yeah. Apparently when the librarians at other libraries say "no" he thinks it means "yes". I know this because I talked to librarians at other facilities. They tell me he says WE let him record whatever he wants.)
Another time he needed to pay one dollar (one dollar--one) to bring his fine down enough to take out more DVDs. We wasted nearly half an hour as he pulled out a wad of bills, peeled off the only hundred dollar bill and tried to insist that I give him change for it, even though he had plenty of one dollar bills. He kept arguing, probably in the hope that I would cave. Happily, a man behind him leaned over, tapped him on the shoulder and said "Hey A******, give her a dollar or I will [threat to do serious bodily harm]."
Mortimer gave me a dollar.
My supervisor just told me tonight that Mortimer asked to borrow another patron's pen. The patron allowed him to use it, but then Mort asked "Can I keep it I like it." The patron told him "No, it's my pen and I want it back." So Mortimer shoved the pen up his own nose. He wound up keeping it. I told my supervisor I would have been likely to take the pen away, break it in half so he couldn't use it and then washed my hands with lye soap and steel wool pads.
Last night, he tried another tack to film people and kept asking if we would let him film if Stonecold gave him permission. We said "Sure, but SHE has to tell us." We also explained that we didn't want him doing this for h is own good...if someone mistakes what you're doing and gets angry and physical with you, they could hurt you."
He doesn't seem to care about his own safety, either, and he badgered us for the next hour and a half asking repeatedly if Stonecold would give him permission to do this. We finally had to tell him to go sit down because we were not going to keep answering the same question over and over.
AND, I just found out today that he has been wandering about all the libraries asking people if he can live with them, can he have money, will they date him, can he have a ride, food, what is their religion, will they go to HIS church with them and so on.
I KNOW that perhaps part of this problem is that he is challenged, but quite honestly, having watched and dealt with him for almost eight years, I really believe he is more than cognizant of what he is doing and that he is using his handicap to try and manipulate us into letting him do whatever he wants.
Is it evil of me to hope he DOES try to videotape the children of a very angry Mama Bear type or the girlfriend of a very jealous guy?"