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Well, exuuu-uuuse me!

This afternoon, a student turned in a backpack that had been found in one of the classrooms at the library. This was about 3 or 4 hours ago. The policy with lost items is that they are kept at the circ desk, and if no one claims them by late afternoon (or morning, if the loss occurred the night before), they get turned over to the security office, which is about a block away.

So this guy comes in just now, and asks about the bag, which was turned in to security about 45 minutes ago. When I told him it was at security, he said, "Why would you take it over there?" He seemed extremely agitated.

I told him it's the library's policy to turn all lost items over to security.

He says, "It was not lost. It was left here in the library."

And he turns on his heel and leaves.

I felt like saying, "Listen, you little shit: next time I'll throw it out on the quad and tell you it was 'left' out there."

Hey, maybe there was something (ahem) interesting in that bag...

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genre_savvy
Feb. 13th, 2013 01:56 am (UTC)
Hey, maybe there was something (ahem) interesting in that bag...

Weed! Alternatively, porn. But probably weed or whichever drug is currently trendiest in your region.
unstricken
Feb. 13th, 2013 03:13 am (UTC)
yeah, we run into that attitude at our library. it's not "thanks for keeping my stuff safe" it's "why did you take my stuff?" and yet, just today another laptop was stolen....
esprix
Feb. 13th, 2013 06:15 pm (UTC)
Our students leave their laptops on the chair when they go across the way for lunch or dinner. My boss has often thought of taking them and putting them in her office, then watching them freak out before saying, "Oh, was this yours? I didn't want anyone to steal it..."

Our students, though, wouldn't get it. :/
beadylady
Feb. 13th, 2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
Exactly--some of them think they can just leave stuff for hours and it'll be here when they get back.

Last week a kid left his coat overnight (during a snowstorm, I might add) along with some other stuff and came in THE NEXT DAY looking for them. He found the coat but some other stuff was missing.

We've had laptop thefts, too. I guess they think "it can't happen to me."
doombird
Feb. 13th, 2013 04:45 am (UTC)
"I left it here! In the library, in your safekeeping! I can't believe you turned it over as LOST. You were supposed to watch it. What an inconvenience! Of course, if something had happened to it because I didn't even tell you I left it here, I would have been furious, just furious."
doombird
Feb. 13th, 2013 04:45 am (UTC)
You know, now I say it, I think plenty of people have the same attitude about their children and the library...
aisling178
Feb. 13th, 2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
LOL. You're absolutely right!
lizzybabe17
Feb. 14th, 2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
Thankfully when we do find stuff left behind and put it behind the desk, patrons are grateful and do thank us.

However, when stuff is stolen or lost, we're to blame for not "watching" their stuff. One girl left her iPod at one of the computer stations and got angry with the desk staff because we didn't have it at the Lost and Found. Like it's our fault she isn't careful enough to watch her stuff. We've never had someone's laptop stolen (knock on wood), but people who've left their cell phones, iPods, headphones, flash drives, etc. have had them stolen.
tralfazb
Feb. 13th, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
Next time, call the bomb squad.
doombird
Feb. 13th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
A ha! Of course, a perfectly logical next step: left item --> lost item --> "suspicious package." That would certainly teach them to think twice before leaving their stuff around.
beadylady
Feb. 13th, 2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
I shouldn't even say this, but he was from the Middle East! LOL
libwitch
Feb. 13th, 2013 05:08 pm (UTC)
or he was using it to "save" his spot- we get students who do that. They will try to leave their stuff at computers and study carrels for hours at a time. We actually have little cards that we leave when we remove their things that explain that their things were removed by library staff and given to security as unattended items (because we have had students who are now sitting there being accused of theft/throwing them away, etc)
esprix
Feb. 13th, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
A note is an excellent idea!
beadylady
Feb. 13th, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
That is a great idea, I agree!

P.S. libwitch, is your avatar a tattoo of Daphne?
libwitch
Feb. 14th, 2013 01:16 am (UTC)
thanks! and well, not intentionally - it was a something I designed myself and had the tattoo artist draw out.
je_reviens
Feb. 13th, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
Asshole!
autumnfire1414
Feb. 14th, 2013 04:44 am (UTC)
He says, "It was not lost. It was left here in the library."

"Funny, I wonder why that person was talking to their friend about pawn shops and sidling around your stuff?"
simonator
Feb. 23rd, 2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
Of course the time I left a bag in the library and it was sent to the campus police, they looked through it to get a name and called me. So leaving something illegal could indeed be an issue.
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