Library rules town with iron fist, arrests man for overdue book
Published: November 1, 2013 04:56PM
Updated: November 1, 2013 02:01PM

Remember that episode of “Seinfeld” where Jerry gets busted by the library cop for never returning “Tropic of Cancer?” Well that’s actually happening in a small town in Texas.

Earlier this week in Copperas Cove, a young man was booked into jail. His crime: not returning a GED study guide that he checked out in 2010, according to KWTX.

Opposing Views reports that the man was picked up during a routine traffic stop “after police noticed a warrant for an overdue library book.”

Unsurprisingly, the residents of this small central Texas town are chaffing under the rule of their iron-fisted, bibliocratic overlords. Municipal Judge Bill Price — an orange bowtie-wearing autocrat if ever there was one — said that while the law allowing arrests for overdue books was created because materials weren’t being returned, the reaction has been negative.

“Universal hatred, nobody wants to get arrested over a library book. The other side of that is people that go to our library and can’t have these materials, they’re put out, too,” Price said.

But perhaps a revolution is brewing? The man who was arrested this week later bailed out and returned the GED book, along with his library card sneakily tucked inside. It only takes one…

— Jim Dalrymple II