The situation: Patron comes in, hands us library card, wants to use computer.
Patron: I don’t know what you’re talking about! I NEVER checked out those books!
Library: Oh. Well. We always require a library card so you will need to check with the police about a stolen ID, or, clear the account.
Patron: Wait! That isn’t my card! That’s my BROTHER’S card! We must have accidentally exchanged cards.
Library: Do you have your own card?
Patron: At home. I’ll just use his and he can come in and clear the account later.
Library: No. Your own card will be required.
Patron: Oh, here it is!
Library: Given the circumstances we will need to see identification.
Patron: WHAT?? I left it in the car.
Library: We will wait.
Patron leaves and doesn’t come back – leaving wallet behind. Wallet which has 3 different library cards with 3 different names, 2 different driver’s licenses with different names, 2 social security cards, and 3 credit cards. We turned it over to the police.
MORAL: If you are going to steal someone’s library card, find someone without overdue books!
*Used with the permission of the Director from a neighboring library system who shared it on the Director’s ListServe (and no she did not make this up).