Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The Vampire Librarian Blotter

I dearly hope this doesn't become a regular feature.

Around 3PM yesterday afternoon, a university police officer strolled in. She came behind the desk and told us she'd received a call that someone was trying to sell pot in the building. What? Where? Who? Price?

She gave a description of the individual who was wearing a very easily spotted shirt. She asked us if we knew who it could be. My co-worker and I shrugged our shoulders. This was the first we had heard of it. Supposedly, the individual was selling it on the main floor. What? The main floor is pretty open. There aren't many places to hide and a lot of activity had been going on the floor with computers being moved in and out. I would hope we'd notice someone trying to sell weed in front of us.

Another officer came in. He talked to the other cop. They decided to search the lower floors. Then the best part of this thing happened, they asked us to stall anyone fitting the description who tried to leave. What? How? Who? Compensation?

Luckily, before the officers disappeared into the stacks, a third officer came in who could watch the exit. The officers searched the lower floors and came up empty handed. I knew I had seen the shirt they had described, but couldn't remember where. As I was scanning the floor, my eyes landed on a regular community member. He was sitting in the back corner of the main floor where he usually does. From what I could see of his shirt, it could be the one they described.

This put me in a predicament. The community member in question was actually one of our best behaved members. I'd say he was a gentleman even. He said hello to library personnel in the morning and bye when he left. I remember once he held the door for me and chatted amicably with me when we both happened to go outside for a smoke break. He did not have to be told to leave when we 'closed' to the public. He read the paper everyday. Yes, he did sleep, but he did not snore. He used the computers sparingly. All in all, a pleasant enough individual, but he appeared to be wearing the T-shirt described. I couldn't decide if I should alert the officers or not. I worried that if I pointed him out, the officers would take it as some sort of indictment. I didn't want this individual harassed if he were innocent.

I don't know if the officers heard me consulting with my co-worker about what we should do, or if they'd picked up on him on their own, but when they'd regrouped on the main floor, they went directly to the back to where this individual was seated, looked at him, and asked him if he would step outside with them. When he stood up, I realized where I had seen the shirt they had described. The community member had been wearing it. Oh dear. As they escorted the man out, he caught my eye and shrugged his shoulders good humorly like he didn't know what the problem was. I shrugged my shoulders in return. The officer asked if I knew him. I froze. No, I didn't 'know' him. I didn't know his name, or where he lived, or if he had a job, and if you did find he was selling weed, well, I didn't know his character at all either it would seem.

That's the most disheartening part of all this. That we could've been mislead so easily by a patron and our trust so badly abused.

I still don't know for sure if they did find anything on the community member, but I did see them pat him down, put him in handcuffs, and lead him away, and he's not here today.


Blogger Sister said...

I personally see nothing wrong with selling pot to adults, but if he was pushing to kids in of all places a library, I do take issue with it.

As far as looks being deceiving, remember Paul Bernardo? Clean cut, nice guy, everyone loved him and he turns out to be a whacked-out psycho who deserves to have hot acid spilled over his body. It's so hard to tell who the "nice" people are these days!

11:20 AM, June 21, 2005  
Blogger disgruntled world citizen said...

Wow, harsh bud... lol

That was a sticky situation.

10:29 PM, June 21, 2005  
Anonymous Spike said...

Yers. It's the quiet polite ones who've got human heads in their frezer.

2:47 AM, June 25, 2005  
Blogger jomama said...

You too could be hauled away for
just minding your own business.

I read something today that we
break 12 laws before getting out
of bed each day.

8:14 AM, June 27, 2005  
Blogger Snooze said...

A note to Sister - I believe VL works in a university library, so it is adults we're referring to.

Scary, scary, scary that so much energy is put into people selling pot. I mean, unless the guy had a huge grow-op, who cares? What an unfortunate position for you to have been placed in.

3:34 PM, June 27, 2005  
Blogger Vampire Librarian said...

Snooze, you and Sister are both correct. I work in a university library, but children come in a lot. In fact, a summer program that the University hosts began yesterday, so I'm up to my fangs in teeny boppers. I don't want to think the guy was selling drugs, but I overheard the officer when he used the desk phone confirm that the man had a trespass warning against him already which means he is not allowed on university grounds anyway.

I don't know if I'll ever find out what all happened.

8:47 AM, June 28, 2005  

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