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 daywith a maximum fine of
$15.00if an overdue book is returned within a year. After one year, the fine is the cost of the book.
Creator: Gerald D. Thurman
Created: 07 January 2007