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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    Universities back in the 1970s figured out how to get students to pay their long overdue parking fines: no transcripts until the fines are paid. I knew a guy who was trying desperately to scrounge up $300 in 1976 to pay his fines so he could get transcripts to potential employers.Report

    • Avatar Damon says:

      My university was a state school so you couldn’t get your car registration renewed in addition to getting a diploma / transcripts.Report

    • fillyjonk fillyjonk says:

      We put a block on enrolling for the next semester if there are unpaid fees, or if a student is holding a library book hostage (I don’t think fines are much of a thing but the library does want their books back. I’ve heard horror stories about students dropping out KEEPING some expensive books and telling the library that they can basically go fish themselves, there’s nothing they can do).

      They also block enrolling for unpaid parking tickets; I understand some students have hundreds of dollars of them for things like parking in non-spots and in spots reserved for the disabled.

      I dunno. I suppose if you’re socialized as a rule-follower (like I was) you have a horror of things like accruing fines and you make an effort to get stuff back on time.Report

  2. Avatar Brandon Berg says:

    However, items not returned after 21 days overdue are considered lost and the library adds a charge to the borrower’s account to replace the materials.

    After 35 days overdue, the library adds a $10 processing fee to the replacement costs, and the borrower’s account is turned over to a collection agency.

    So, while they added a grace period, they in fact dramatically increased the late fees?Report

  3. My local library keeps track of fines and ends borrowing privileges when they reach $10. They’re always payable online. It works pretty well.

    Though mostly I rent e-books these days, and they self-expire automatically.Report