The New York Public Library will offer amnesty to the 143,000 children who are currently unable to check out items due to excessive fines. The program, which started July 25 and will continue until September 9, also includes a way for minors to read down their fines at a rate of $1 for every 15 minutes.
Good job, NYPL (if that is your real name). Trade education and reader appreciation over economy and money. Back in my day we squeezed those twerps for all they were worth. We bartered, too. If a kid brought in a lump of coal, then we took a penny off his fine. If he brought in a penny, we took the penny as a donation and charged him twice as much. I remember making a small child cry when we took his mother into servitude after he was late with a Thomas the Tank Engine book. And we took his tears, too. She checked out well, as I remember.
That's not all, we didn't take no disrespect of library property. If he tried to get on one of our steam-powered computators, we slapped him in the gob cause those are only for those who read pornography like Raymond Chandler. If he sat and read a book in our library, we kicked him out cause there's no loitering in our library!