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Police Show Up For Overdue Books

CHARLTON, Mass., Jan. 3 (UPI) — A Massachusetts woman said her 5-year-old daughter burst into tears when police officers showed up at her door and demanded her overdue library books.

Shannon Benoit of Charlton said she was shocked when Charlton Police Sgt. Dan Dowd showed up to her door and informed her that her daughter, Hailey, had two overdue library books and needed to either return the tomes or pay for them, WBZ-TV, Boston, reported Tuesday.

“I thought it was way overboard,” Benoit said. “I closed my door, I looked at my daughter and she started crying.”

She said her daughter asked if the police were going to arrest her.

Dowd said the duty was not his choice.

“Nobody wanted to, on this end to get involved in it,” the sergeant said. “But the library contacted us, and the chief delegated, and apparently I was one of the low men on the totem pole.”

Benoit said she located and returned the books.

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