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Old 01-12-2019, 03:25 PM   #1
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Whenever you return books to the library, take a photo of them with your phone.

Today, the library said I hadn't returned a book. I asked Google Photos to show me all the pictures I'd taken of books, and I was able to prove that I'd returned the book on Dec 16, 2017.

This is about the fourth time the photos have come in handy.

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Old 01-12-2019, 03:28 PM   #2
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I get a receipt for all library returns from the library. I expect that should be enough to claim I returned them.
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Whenever you return books to the library, take a photo of them with your phone.

Today, the library said I hadn't returned a book. I asked Google Photos to show me all the pictures I'd taken of books, and I was able to prove that I'd returned the book on Dec 16, 2017.

This is about the fourth time the photos have come in handy.

It happened few times that our local library showed that we did not return some books, we now bring the books to the counter, watch them scan each item as return. No more issues.
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Good idea, ours just has a drop deposit door, like a mail box in the wall, I use the inside one.
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Huh...when i return my digital books they just disappear into thin air. I'll try to record that in a couple weeks

Mrs Scrapr listens to books on tape. I should do that for them.
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Good idea, I've had that issue a few times. Related, I take a photo of my restaurant receipt so if there's ever a question about the tip.

My library here in Orange Cty, CA used to charge $.25/book that was ordered online. Now it's absolutely free.
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Whenever you return books to the library, take a photo of them with your phone.

Today, the library said I hadn't returned a book. I asked Google Photos to show me all the pictures I'd taken of books, and I was able to prove that I'd returned the book on Dec 16, 2017.

This is about the fourth time the photos have come in handy.
You must take a lot of photos. Not to mention there must be a statute of bibiiolimitations!
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I had a book I returned show up as "not returned". Luckily, I found it had been reshelved on the library shelf. Library didn't ask for any overdue fine.

Although I like your idea, T-Al, I often end up returning books after hours. Not sure that a pic of the media being returned poised outside the book-drop would count. Although I s'pose it's better than nothing.

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I had a book I returned show up as "not returned". Luckily, I found it had been reshelved on the library shelf. Library didn't ask for any overdue fine.

Although I like your idea, T-Al, I often end up returning books after hours. Not sure that a pic of the media being returned poised outside the book-drop would count. Although I s'pose it's better than nothing.

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Our library called once about a way overdue book. We said we had returned it before the due date and the caller just said, okay then, it must be misshelved. I'm sure a selfie of us putting it in the return slot would have been accepted too.
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Wow! Never had that happen and never even thought to take a photo. And here I am at 62 having dumped about a million books in the outside slot of many different libraries over all these years! Just another thing to worry about now...



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Although I like your idea, T-Al, I often end up returning books after hours. Not sure that a pic of the media being returned poised outside the book-drop would count. Although I s'pose it's better than nothing.

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I think that works fine, too.

>Must take a lot of photos.

It's a product of free storage of Google photos.
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Oh, great, another thing for my OCD mind to worry about. I no longer mail anything unless I go into the post office. Now I can't unring this bell, so can no longer drop off books at the library's outside book drop.
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Well heck, then just stage the return, take the pic and keep the book.
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You must take a lot of photos. Not to mention there must be a statute of bibiiolimitations!
Librarians are ready to read you the riot act

https://news.sky.com/story/better-la...years-11521162

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In a Facebook post, the Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana said: "Better late than never, right? We had a patron return a book to our Main Branch yesterday that his mother checked out in 1934 when she was 11 years old.

"That means the book is only 84 years overdue! The book is Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters."
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Well heck, then just stage the return, take the pic and keep the book.
Brilliant!
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Well heck, then just stage the return, take the pic and keep the book.
The only problem with this strategy for stealing books is that I'm trying to declutter and get rid of my books!

Maybe I could reverse that and sneak some of my own, unwanted books into the library drop slot after hours.
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I had a book I returned show up as "not returned". Luckily, I found it had been reshelved on the library shelf. Library didn't ask for any overdue fine.

Although I like your idea, T-Al, I often end up returning books after hours. Not sure that a pic of the media being returned poised outside the book-drop would count. Although I s'pose it's better than nothing.

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Just do a short video clip of you dropping the book into the slot... show the book and then your putting it in the slot... if they question it then email them the video.
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Judging by the titles of those books, the staff might have assumed you were a thief.
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The only problem with this strategy for stealing books is that I'm trying to declutter and get rid of my books!

Maybe I could reverse that and sneak some of my own, unwanted books into the library drop slot after hours.
My local library has another deposit box outside, about 50 feet from the return box, that is specifically for book donations. Everyone uses it, and a few times a year the "Friends of the Library" group of volunteers holds a sale where they raise a lot of money to help support the library.
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