If you live in Charlton, Massachusetts you better return your books on time or else you may experience a brief visit from local law enforcement. After amounting some late fees and a few letters asking you to return the books the police will make a visit to your house as they have done to some 14 houses in Charlton.
Although the police haven’t been arresting anyone, and as far as I can tell they’ve been nothing but polite. Some people feel that sending the fuzz out for library books is taking things a bit too far. I can’t help but agree with them. I understand that libraries need to get their books back in a timely manner, and many people have responded to the police presence by returning over due books, and a few that weren’t due back yet. I would like to know how many of them checked out more books.
I know if the police came to my door about library books, I would probably be too nervous to continue checking books out. It would just send me to my local bookstore the next time I needed books.