Man Returns Book To Library 47 Years Late

On 7 January 2007, the EastValleyTribune.com (via AP) had a story titled: "Man pays library $171, 47-year late fee."

While cleaning his attic, a Hancock, Michigan, man came across a library book that he checked out back in 1960 for a 9th grade assignment. The book's last due date was 2 June 1960.

   "I figured I'd better get it in before we waited another 
    10 years," he said after turning it in Friday with the 
    $171.32 check. "Fifty-seven years would be embarrassing."

Although headlines said the book was 47 years overdue, it wasn't at the time of the story. It would have 47 years overdue on 2 June 2007.

The following information was obtained from Tempe.gov. At the Tempe library, an overdue book is fined at a rate of $0.25 per day with a maximum fine of $15.00 if an overdue book is returned within a year. After one year, the fine is the cost of the book.

Exercises
  1. Pretend there are 365.24 days per year. The Michigan man's late fee was crudely approximate to $____________ per day.

  2. No or Yes: This BAB has not defined what Tempe means by "cost of the book."

  3. No or Yes: In Tempe, the fine for holding a book exceeds the maximum fine after ______ days of being overdue.


Creator: Gerald D. Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 07 January 2007

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