Special Snowflakus Iwillnotpaymyfinesus:
At my library, some books are on 48-hour loan, because they're textbooks for classes. There are usually only a few copies of these books, and they're in high demand, as courses often have several hundred students in them. In order to induce students to return them on time (to allow as many students access to these books as possible), late fees are high, 5 cents per minute. Now, if you're only a few minutes late, you won't get a fine, there's a 15-minute grace period. However, if you're a couple of hours late, you will have a fine of a few dollars. This policy is on the website, and when students check the books out, circulation staff tells them the exact hour and day when the book is due. Of course, students often do not listen and are shocked to find, upon returning the book a day late, that they now have a rather large fine. Most of them aren't happy, but accept it. Our Special Snowflake was not such a student.
He'd returned a 48-hour loan book a few hours late, and so had a fine of about $5. Not a very big fine, but he had an absolute fit at the circ desk. He kept ranting in a very loud voice, just short of shouting, about how stupid this policy was, and nobody had told him about the fines, and how could they attach per minute fines to the book? The library clerk tried to calm him down and explain the policy, and offered to get the circulation supervisor, but SS was having none of that. After several minutes of ranting, he informed the clerk that absolutely would not pay the fine. Clerk told him that in that case, he would not get his diploma when he graduated. Student told him that he was going to complain to the Dean, and WOULD NOT PAY THE FINE. He then stormed off. Charming fellow.