theory.isthereason: guess what... a library story time. When I was 18 or so, my classmate said she needed to borrow books and (had) lost her library card. not thinking too much about it, I loaned her my card. a week later, she said she lost my card
Rambling Librarian: uh oh...*
theory.isthereason: I was like "WTF" but I just said ok and walked off. so for a period of time I didn't have a card. then one day in orchard rd I
alighted(boarded) a bus home and on one of the seats was a wallet. it was very obvious and no singaporean would claim it. I took it and asked around realizing the owner probably left.
theory.isthereason: I looked for some ID in the wallet. it belongs to an indonesian student in RJC. there was $1k in the wallet!!
theory.isthereason: Guess what I did next?
Rambling Librarian: you turned in the money to the police of course
theory.isthereason: There was an NLB library card. I was near the
branch. I went up and asked the librarian to contact the girl (the owner).**
Rambling Librarian: oh wait... you paid her fines???
theory.isthereason: no silly
Rambling Librarian: ok... sorry... so what did the staff do?
theory.isthereason: after we got hold of the owner, she said thank you over the phone and I said no problem. I left the wallet with the librarian and then guess what? :P
Rambling Librarian: don't tell me the librarian took the money (for themselves)!!! ***
theory.isthereason: no silly (twice already ah) :p
Rambling Librarian: (sorry) i paranoid***
theory.isthereason: I asked if I could get a library card because my friend lost mine. the librarian smiled at me and she said she will do it free for me
Rambling Librarian: oh, they did one for you free cos you such a good boy!
theory.isthereason: yeah! exactly. so one good turn deserves another
theory.isthereason: shit happens to me even though it's not my fault. but good things happen to me even when I don't do much. I've got a blessed life
Rambling Librarian: lol. lmao
* Never lend your library card to another person. If you lose the card (or student pass... any cards which can be used to borrow books), report your loss to the library immediately to block the card (not just inform the police or school only). Library members are liable for losses that result from the misuse of your card (just like how banks don't compensate you for the loss if someone used your ATM card to make withdrawals)
** In case you were wondering -- our policy is never to reveal library member's data to another party, even if they claim they are family. However, staff are empowered to use discretion. In this case, the circumstances clearly justified the actions taken. I mean, if you lose SGD $1,000 you would want to be informed asap, wouldn't you?
*** I was just joking! I have great faith in the integrity and trustworthiness of NLB public library staff.
If you have personal stories to share (relating to your experience with libraries), I'd love to hear from you.