So, a couple of days ago at the Lamont Library at Harvard U., an employee was skipping willy nilly through the stacks when he/she knocked a bottle of urine off the shelf and onto some books. Happens every day.
Especially in the Lamont Library Cafe
These books just happened to be about/featuring/all-up-on gay and lesbian topics. So, because the library staff can not say, "We do not pee on books on purpose, for any reason, and we try not to let our patrons/cats do so, what do you think we are, a public library?" people started whispering, chanting, and writing that it was a hate crime against gays. The campus has been the center of at least two hate crimes against the LGBT community, so I guess it is not so much a stretch. Finally, yesterday the truth came out: the jar of urine was not filled with hate, just with urine. I guess they are into that kinda thing.
I really want to know why it took so long to say, "Hey, not a hate crime." Approximately 40 books were damaged, which means there was a lot of pee flying about. In my library, thats about a shelf of books, two if Brenda shelves them. Was there not an employee covered in pee somewhere in this equation? I suppose he/she went home to change, but still, who did not notice Jamie covered in pee at some point and thought to speak up?
Photo from Lamont Library Cafe, which I am sure is urine free.