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Letters to the Editor: A Public Forum
Library Mischief
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 • Posted September 12, 2012

Who knew? I’m enjoying being librarian more than any other job I’ve had. Nevertheless, every job has a downside, and the downside of this job has nothing to do with the people I work with, the patrons, or the work itself. It’s the theft and vandalism.

Surprised? I sure am, but someone is doing it—stealing DVDs, hoses, soaker hoses, Quick Connects, even Nancy’s little knife that she uses for opening boxes and mail. Is nothing safe—even at the front desk?

What about the baby powder dumped in the men’s room over every inch of the floor then tracked outside? It only took vacuuming and four moppings to get it up. And what about the disconnection—again—of our entire system of hoses, soakers, and timers—a system that allowed me to water every tree and plant in a week without dragging hoses around? Someone did it and then dumped the mess into the back flowerbed—what they didn’t steal. The county paid to set up that system—and then we had to pay again. We would never stereotype everyone in Mason as dishonest or destructive—but someone is. We hope that someone will read this and resolve not to steal or vandalize again.

Patti Grote, Librarian

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