We must appear to be dumbest librarians on the face of the earth...and I love the lie this lady told to get out of paying a five dollar fine on a movie. Movies are fined a dollar a day for every day overdue. It was due on September 24th and she returned it on the 30th, so, excluding Sunday when we are closed, she was five days late.
Because the wheels of justice turn slowly these days, she didn't get her bill reminding her to return the DVD until today, at which time she called our downtown library, screaming bloody murder because "I shouldn't have to pay this because I returned it to (My Branch) this morning at 10 a.m."
My colleague (who is new and awesomely calm and serene in the face of lunacy) told her that if that was the case, then she was going to have to pay a lot more than five dollars. Like fifteen or twenty dollars. I guess the woman hung up on her.
Not only had she returned the movie last month, the movie had been checked out twice since then.
So to get out of a five dollar fine, she was going to claim she had kept the movie longer, even though it was now in someone else's possession.