In Charlton, MA, Sgt. Dan Dowd recently stopped by the home of Shannon Benoit to let her know that her 5-year-old daughter Hailey had two books several months overdue which needed to be returned or paid for (video below).
“I thought it was way overboard,” says Benoit. “I closed my door, I looked at my daughter and she started crying.”
Hailey asked her mom if the police were going to arrest her. Hailey says, “I was scared.”
They found and returned the books, but Hailey’s mom argues that sending a cop to their house was like pounding a ten penny nail with a sledge hammer.
“Nobody wanted to, on this end to get involved in it,” says Sgt. Dowd. “But the library contacted us, and the chief delegated, and apparently I was one of the low men on the totem pole.”
Oddly, the state law does allow for a misdemeanor to be charged on overdue library books, so it could have been worse.