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killerrobot
Apr 18, 2010, 06:03 PM
The first president of the United States of America borrowed two books from the New York Society Library in 1789 but failed to return them.

Adjusted for inflation, he has since racked up $300,000 (195,000) in fines for being some 220 years late.

The New York Society Library says it will not pursue the fine. It would simply like the books back.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8627835.stm

This article made me chuckle. Who would the library even go after if they wanted to pursue the fine?
How much would those books actually be worth today if the library had them?
I can't believe someone actually found the documents that showed he checked them out. Librarians do keep good records.

pukifloyd
Apr 18, 2010, 06:36 PM
Hahaha this is awesome :D

Scippy
Apr 18, 2010, 06:39 PM
My favorite part.
George Washington did not even bother to sign his name in the borrower's ledger. An aide simply scrawled "president" next to the title to show who had taken them out.

killerrobot
Apr 18, 2010, 06:44 PM
Yeah, I wonder how they knew it was Washington then. There must have been some other proof, some document showing it was the aide that signed it.

Maybe it's all the aide's fault that the books never got returned. Hmm???

canada eh
Apr 18, 2010, 06:50 PM
maybe it was his aide and they put George Washington as the person who did it to get more readers of the article, because 'George Washington has a fine of $300,000' sounds better than 'George Washington's aide has a $300,000 fine'

ARF900
Apr 18, 2010, 06:51 PM
The library wants them back because those books are now worth about 500 times what they were when he checked them out.

Consultant
Apr 19, 2010, 01:20 PM
So I guess now, the things in life that's certain are: Death, Taxes, + Library Fines

I am sure they got a cap for a maximum fine amount.

H00513R
Apr 19, 2010, 02:11 PM
Maybe they can repossess his wooden teeth?

KingYaba
Apr 19, 2010, 03:53 PM
I think this is hilarious.

ucfgrad93
Apr 19, 2010, 06:12 PM
I think this is hilarious.

Me too!

topicolo
Apr 19, 2010, 08:14 PM
What about inflation? I think they let him off easy :)

Rt&Dzine
Apr 19, 2010, 09:58 PM
Did the library just discover the books were never returned? Or did they just discover who the borrower was? Maybe someone will find them for sale on ebay . . .

BobRichards
Apr 19, 2010, 10:18 PM
Did the library just discover the books were never returned? Or did they just discover who the borrower was? Maybe someone will find them for sale on ebay . . .


exactly what I was thinking. That would not surprise me at all.

dynamix1
Apr 19, 2010, 11:49 PM
This is amazing, it has come down to reporting crap like this.

Gregg2
Apr 20, 2010, 07:12 AM
Abe Lincoln walked all day to return his library book. He was a Republican, by the way. ;)

Rt&Dzine
Apr 20, 2010, 08:29 AM
This is amazing, it has come down to reporting crap like this.

It's not as fascinating as Tiger Wood's sex life. :rolleyes:

H00513R
Apr 20, 2010, 08:39 AM
Abe Lincoln walked all day to return his library book. He was a Republican, by the way. ;)

But the funny thing is:

The Republican Party you know was founded in 1854. They were mostly Whigs and used the Republican name to invoke Jeffersonian ideals. But the Democratic Party is viewed as the party of Jefferson. So maybe not so "Republican" after all?