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Land of the free...my ass
Land of the free yes, not land of the dont return your books and then dont pay the fines.
Sorry if you owe money you pay it, which can be completely avoided by not losing them or whatever in the first place.
Unless you managed to borrow the very first bible or something, how hard is it to pay a fine you deserve?
edit on 28-12-2013 by Biigs because: (no reason given)
When they run out of real crime. They must justify their jobs.
The only reason that poor dummy was jailed ...
in the UK, the definition of theft under the old theft act was an intention to permanently deprive.
So I guess that not intending to return your library book would be theft, but then that mix's up Mens Actus with Mens Rea, and if it was a case of forgetting to return it, a credible defence, then there is no Mens Rea. [surmise as guilty act but not guilty mind]
ignoring the elephant in the room wrt to the 22 year olds track record where does that leave us wrt application of law under the Constitution in the US?
Time for you Colonials to stand up and be counted instead of moaning do something about it all the time, you will end up like us Brits otherwise moaning about everything including the weather...the price of bacon and football/soccer!
Looks like the police state is alive and well in the Lone Star State.
From sending in the swat team, helicopters and entire police departments over a few pot plants to now issuing arrest warrants and jailing people for unreturned library books.
Land of the free...my ass
A Texas man who was arrested for failing to return an overdue library book ignited an online flurry of snarky comments and headlines about the Lone Star State extending its tough-on-crime bravado to books.
A Texas state law took effect in September that defines the failure to return library books as theft. The law, which doesn't trump stricter community ordinances, mandates up to a $100 fine per offense.
Better start checking to see if you have any late library fees...or else your door might be kicked in soon.
reply to post by Biigs
Ya but jailing isnt the answer. It is not a punishment fit for the crime. Getting arrested and going through that whole process is gonna be more damaging and possibly cost you more then the fines. The state can garnish wages just as quick as they can arrest you. Seems like a garnish would fit before jail time. But thats my view.
reply to post by muse7
"Debtor's prison" is an ancient concept, that the early colonists hated. Texas has now re-instated it, as states have a right to. I would just leave that state. Their money and jobs are not worth that.