Friday, August 13, 2004

Today's rant is brought to you courtesy of my library.

To begin, please note the time at which this e-mail was received:

Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2004 15:02:44 -0400
Now, the message concerned the recall of a book I had borrowed from the library, on a four-week loan, informing me that the book has been recalled. Fair enough, it happens from time to time that multiple people might want to look at the same book, even a book on real analysis from the MIT science library.
What really gets me, though, is the request for when they'd like the book back:
Please return the item by: 08/13/2004 04:05 PM
Yes, folks, that's right. They wanted the book back one hour after they e-mailed me, for a book out on a four-week loan (nominally; it was really a three-week loan, but that's beside the point).
And what would happen if I didn't get it back within an hour?
Please be aware that unreturned recalled items are subject to a special fine of two dollars per day.
Even more fun! A two-dollar fine just because I happened to be out of the office at the time. Fortunately, I did get the message at 3:30, so I didn't have to worry about the fines. But, as one might imagine, I was nonplussed by this. In this "automated age," we can do better than this, folks.


At August 17, 2004 at 5:49 PM, Blogger etc said...

Well, we know all MIT students do nothing but sit in front of their computers and check their email every five seconds, right? :) :)

At August 25, 2004 at 12:29 PM, Blogger Ahmed said...

Not quite five seconds. I have Eudora set for updates every five minutes.

But then again, I was planning to be out of the office for a while, and only saw it because I had forgotten something and had to go back. . . .


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