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(KWTX/CNN) - Fines for overdue library books are typical. But a Texas man actually spent time behind bars for a book he failed to return.

You can check them out, but if you don't bring them back your next read might get you booked into jail. Thanks to a city ordinance in Copperas Cove.

"The reason they passed it was that they were spending a tremendous amount of money replacing these materials that people just didn't return," says Bill Price, Municipal Court Judge, Copperas Cove.

The latest patron to have the book thrown at him Jory Enck. He was picked up last week after police noticed he had the active warrant and booked for not returning library materials. 
Court documents show the warrant was issued three years ago after he checked out a GED Study Guide. The reaction to this ordinance hasn't been pretty.

"Universal hatred, nobody wants to get arrested over a library book. The other side of that is people that go to our library and can't have these materials, they're put out too," says Bill Price, Municipal Court Judge, Copperas Cove.
 
Other shoppers are still torn about the issue. "I guess that they have to have some way to enforce the rules at the library to return borrowed material, I think that's a little extreme personally and I'll certainly talk to the mayor to maybe get that changed," says Clyde Closson. 

But in the latest case it may have worked. The book checked out three years ago was turned in last week one day after his arrest. Enck was booked into jail and released for overdue library materials. Patrons are usually released on a $200 dollar bond after the arrest.
 

 

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