This Woman Took A Casual 67 Years To Return Her Overdue Library Book

by
Priyanka Prasad
A woman finally returned a book she checked out in New Zealand in 1948.

This takes procrastination to a new level.

A woman returned a book to New Zealand’s Epsom Library 67 years after the due date. She checked out “Myths and Legends of Maoriland” by A.W. Reed back in December 1948.

According to a Facebook post by the Epsom Community Library, the woman borrowed the book as a child and moved out of Auckland, accidentally taking it with her.

The Auckland Public Library also tweeted out a picture of the book and the due date card inside; apparently, the woman was “apologetic” when she finally returned it.

The library noted on Facebook that it remained in “excellent, well-read” condition, and waived any late fee, explaining, “We were just stoked to have the book back and hear such a cool story.”

According to Yahoo, after adjusting for inflation, the late fee would have amounted to $7,300 NZD, or $5,079 — a more than hefty amount!

Let’s hope the book’s next borrower returns it a tad sooner. 

Banner Image Credit: Twitter, @Aukland_Libs

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