Sunday, July 30, 2006


We've had some mischief at Library X in the past couple of days.

Yesterday morning, someone decided to have a smoke in a main floor unisex bathroom and throw his cigarette into the female products receptacle. The paper bag in the box caught on fire causing the box to melt and the bathroom to fill with smoke. Luckily the cleaning lady saw the smoke and stopped the fire. Only the plastic box was damaged, and the fire alarm wasn't sounded. This incident seems odd because one, there are a lot of better places to put out a cigarette in a bathroom than in a paper bag lined plastic box, and second, this bathroom is on the main floor so going outside to smoke a cig is not difficult. We figure the person was either really stupid or malicious. A police report was taken, and the bathroom fingerprinted. Staff didn't notice anyone suspicious, and the bathrooms are not in our line of sight.

Today someone made a hang up call to 911 from one of our public phones. 911 is required to call back to confirm that there isn't an emergency. If they don't get an answer when they call back, they have to dispatch a police officer to investigate. Our public phones cannot receive calls so a police officer had to be dispatched to Library X to make sure everything was okay. The officer asked us if we saw anyone or noticed anything suspicious. We can't see the phone so we had nothing we could tell them. This was not the first time hang up 911 calls have been made, but I hope that it won't become a regular prank. The public phone that was used is in the same general location as the unisex bathrooms on the main floor.

I pray that this isn't the beginning of a trend. Our security is pretty lax. There is just no way for us to keep tabs on everything that happens within the library. We can't even keep tabs on what happens on the main floor. Hopefully a crime wave isn't in the making.


As of closing Sunday night, Library X is missing a brand new Dell laptop. The laptop appears to have been missing since Friday night. I don't work Fridays or Saturdays so I'm going off what students say. We just got these laptops, and they're great. We've been extra careful with them so a missing laptop is very alarming. I'm hoping our IT guy took it Friday to work on, but I have no evidence of that right now. The missing laptop is not checked out to anyone, and when I checked, the laptop was not in the IT guy's office. I'm crossing my fingers that he sent it out to be fixed.



Blogger Happy Villain said...

Things have been unusually quiet in my town lately. Maybe you have some Happyville punks enrolled at Library X. Sorry. If you find human waste in strange places, that will be your confirmation. Good luck. I sincerely hope things improve and it's just a random prank.

10:29 PM, July 30, 2006  
Blogger Spike said...

I'll plump for really stupid.

Happy Villian, I am greatly alarmed by your comment about human waste in strange places. So much so that I dare not ask.

12:22 AM, July 31, 2006  
Blogger tiny robot said...

Spike, you'd be surprised where some people choose to leave their waste. I once worked for a major nonprofit, you know, one that's working for the betterment of humanity? Well, one morning I arrive to find someone had defecated right in front of the main door.


9:24 AM, July 31, 2006  
Blogger Spike said...


3:09 AM, August 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sooooooo? Did it get stolen or not???

10:03 PM, August 05, 2006  

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