COPPERAS COVE, TX (KWTX/CNN) - Fines for overdue library books are typical, but a Texas man spent time behind bars for a book he failed to return.
Thanks to a city ordinance in Copperas Cove, TX.
"The reason they passed it was that they were spending a tremendous amount of money replacing these materials that people just didn't return," said Bill Price, Municipal Court Judge.
Jory Enck was the latest patron to have the book thrown at him.
He was picked up last week after police noticed he had the active warrant and booked for not returning library materials.
Court documents show the warrant was issued three years ago after he checked out a GED study guide.
But it seems the book in question may have made its way back to the Copperas Cove library.
When the same book, a GED study guide, was checked out Enck's library card was found inside.
But the reaction to this ordinance hasn't been pretty.
"Universal hatred, nobody wants to get arrested over a library book. The other side of that is people that go to our library and can't have these materials, they're put out too," Price said.
Other shoppers are still torn about the issue.
"I guess that they have to have some way to enforce the rules at the library to return borrowed material, I think that's a little extreme personally and I'll certainly talk to the mayor to maybe get that changed," Clyde Closson, a resident.
But in the latest case it may have worked. The book checked out three years ago was turned in last week one day after his arrest.
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