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Former student racks up 4,500 library fine after returning book 61 years late
telegraph.co.uk ^ | 13 Jun 2014

Posted on 06/13/2014 5:21:55 PM PDT by Gamecock

A former student was faced with a £4,500 fine when he returned a library book 61 years late.

Ron Webster, 91, was working as a research assistant at Liverpool University in 1953 when he borrowed Professor AR Radcliffe-Brown's Structure and Function in Primitive Society.

He was so taken with its contents he decided to keep it with him when he was invited to London to continue his research.

Mr Webster was determined to confess to his crime regardless of the cost, so he took the book back on a trip to the city with his son-in-law, Rick Walker.

Mr Walker said: "Ron had been warned very firmly by the friends he plays cards with at the local pub that he would be landed with an enormous fine, and feel the full force of the law. They didn't expect to see him again!"

The £4,510 total was calculated on the basis of the current charge of 20p per day for late return of books.

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1 posted on 06/13/2014 5:21:55 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Larry Lucido; F15Eagle
Ron had been warned very firmly by the friends he plays cards with at the
local pub that he would be landed with an enormous fine,
and feel the full force of the law.


If you think this is about overdue fines and missing books, you'd better think again.

2 posted on 06/13/2014 5:22:33 PM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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He should have asked for a discount and tell them 2p off.


3 posted on 06/13/2014 5:23:53 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Gamecock
61 years late, Ron Webster, 91, was working as a research assistant at Liverpool University in 1953 when he borrowed Professor AR Radcliffe-Brown's Structure and Function in Primitive Society.

Wow, that would make him 152 years old. Probably too late to do much about it.

4 posted on 06/13/2014 5:26:07 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Gamecock

If you’re going to live into your 90’s, it’s best to have a sense of humor.


5 posted on 06/13/2014 5:27:56 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: Gamecock

Bwahahaha! It’s Bookman

Wonder if he drew pee pees and wee wees in any of them?


6 posted on 06/13/2014 5:33:14 PM PDT by DanielRedfoot (Creepy Ass Cracker)
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To: Gamecock
"University librarian, Phil Sykes (right) waived the fine on condition that Ron Webster (left) doesn't do it again"
7 posted on 06/13/2014 5:41:54 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: Gamecock
Structure and Function in Primitive Society: Essays and Addresses by Alfred R. Radcliffe-Brown (New York: Free Press, 1952) goes for $4.31 at the American Book Exchange site.
8 posted on 06/13/2014 7:23:50 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Gamecock

University librarian, Phil Sykes (right) waived the fine on condition that Ron Webster (left) doesn’t do it again Photo: Liverpool Echo


9 posted on 06/13/2014 7:34:30 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: Gamecock

I hope like h*ll that Mr Webster had someone take a look at that growth on his head - it looks a lot like skin cancer to me.


10 posted on 06/13/2014 8:13:00 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Too old.
That is British healthcare, and soon ours too.


11 posted on 06/13/2014 8:23:12 PM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: ansel12; B4Ranch; Gamecock
"University librarian, Phil Sykes (right) waived the fine on condition that Ron Webster (left) doesn't do it again"

Doesn't what, borrow the same book again for 61 more years? Yeah, he probably won't be doing that again. :-)

12 posted on 06/13/2014 8:57:21 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Gamecock; F15Eagle

What’s worse, the book was “flagged,” and they made him pay full retail for it in addition to the fine. He tried to take it across the street and donate it to the homeless shelter, but that didn’t work out well.


13 posted on 06/13/2014 9:07:02 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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