Friday, November 8, 2013
Delinquent DVD Insomnia
I woke up in the middle of the night last night, thinking about how to get back two DVDs that a woman checked out of the library in March and has not yet returned.
Why was I thinking about this? Because I'm crazy. And because it offends my sense of order and decency that someone would check out items for a week and then keep them for eight months, shirking any obligation to bring them back or come in and pay for them, and meanwhile depriving everyone else of the ability to watch them.
I even called this woman a few weeks ago and reminded her to return the items, and she said, "Oh, yes, I know where one of them is, but I'm not sure about the other one." So I said, well, at least please return the one.
Still no DVD.
I suppose it's possible that a family or personal crisis has intervened, or some other barrier has arisen that prevents the return of our movies. So I am trying to be reasonable and patient and forgiving. But I'm not going to drop it, unless I get an order from above telling me to do so.
(Unlike many public libraries we do not charge late fees, so patrons have no financial incentive to turn something in on time. Maybe that's part of the problem, but fees are a pain to administer, and to me they seem a little punitive where students are concerned.)
I guess in some ways this is a good job for me, because I am very meticulous about small things like this, and when I get fueled by righteous indignation, well, look out. It's probably not so great that I think about these small things in the middle of the night, but what can I say -- that's my personality.
(Photos: Bulls in the window of a Spanish grocery on Portobello Road; plungers for sale by a street vendor.)