Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Barry the Book

From Library Link of the Day:
The Manchester News reports on Barry Anderson a former debt collector who has turned instead to retrieving long overdue library materials. His official position is "library stock recovery officer."
Barry, 55, from Radcliffe, near Bury, said: "Everyone who I know around here calls me Barry the Book! It's a great job, although I have had to collect from people I know. I have heard all the excuses imaginable, from illness to holidays and more exotic ones.

"The funniest had to be the chap who had taken out a book about how to improve your memory. I knocked on his door and told him that he obviously hadn't read it!

He says the difference between repossessing televisions and library books is the people are "really genuinely sorry" about the books.

He is so good at his job that he has recovered a staggering haul of 10,500 books, 600 VHS videos, 300 CDs, 71 DVDs and 33 CD-Roms in five years - worth more than £55,000.

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