We have officially put out “The Sign.”
There are 51 students with fines over $2. There is one student with a fine over $32! And that is for a book that is worth $5! But these 51 little darlings will no longer be allowed to take books out unless they have paid off their fines.
It seems tough, but I like to think of it as tough love. Who knows, maybe without this intervention, this lack of discipline with bringing back library books and paying off fines would lead to late payment on tuition during postsecondary education, forcing them to have delayed registration for courses, causing them to miss out on classes that they need to graduate, having them drop out of college because they no longer feel passionate about becoming economists, getting kicked out of their rented apartment because they forgot to pay the utility bills and were late with rent each month, and finally living in their parents’ basement thinking back to how it first started…back in high school… where if they had only returned that library book and promptly paid off the fines, none of this would have happened.
See, it’s serious stuff.