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The Christmas spirit in library fines

By workexpboy - 30 November 2011 7

This festive season you can make a last ditch effort to improve your standing on Santa’s list.

Katy Gallagher has announced that people will be able to trade in non-perishable food for unpaid library fines.

For every item of non-perishable food donated $2 will be taken off your library fees.

“All food will be donated to OzHarvest Canberra which provides food to 55 charities across Canberra and Queanbeyan. This is a fantastic initiative that supports those in the community who are in need – especially during the festive season.

“The concept is quite simple – basically one tin or packet of non-perishable food equals $2 worth of fines. So if you donate three tins, then we will take $6 worth of fines off your account,” the Chief Minister said.

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7 Responses to
The Christmas spirit in library fines
steveu 6:52 am 06 Dec 12

Im not going to knock the govt on this one. Lets hope people are reasonable with thier donations.

poetix 10:43 pm 05 Dec 12

RedDogInCan said :

poetix said :

Is wine a ‘food item’?

Not if it is only worth $2!

I wasn’t thinking that Scroogey way!….If I can pretend to remember what I was thinking a year ago. I can say with certainty that I have consumed more than $2 of wine in the last twelve minutes.

Note that this thread is indeed over a year old. Since they officially abolished fines (replacing them with those mammoth ‘fees’) I don’t see how it could apply any more. Read the table here for details:

http://the-riotact.com/its-safe-to-go-back-to-the-library-fine-forgiveness/76476

Or maybe you can pay your administrative fees in Grange now? (No, that’s not what I’m drinking.)

RedDogInCan 10:16 pm 05 Dec 12

poetix said :

Is wine a ‘food item’?

Not if it is only worth $2!

jesse 9:03 pm 05 Dec 12

poetix said :

I hope people don’t just give beans and boring stuff; surely something more ‘festive’ would be better? It seems strange to be donating bland, sensible things when everyone else will be stuffing themselves on turkey. Or mangoes and camembert if you’re a weedy vegetarian. Tins of lollies or biscuits are at least special and would fit the description of what is accepted.

Is wine a ‘food item’?

Oh no. Are you telling me I shouldn’t have taken in the tin of chick peas and the 15 year old tin of Liver Pate. It would probably be still safe – wouldn’t it? ;-D

keepitup 8:29 pm 30 Nov 11

Jerry Atric said :

Dammit, seniors forgotten again! We don’t get fined for the library books we have had on our shelves (makes us look intellectual) for the last year or so, so we can’t help the charity and look self righteous and smug!

Now you tell me! I’m a senior and I paid a 40 cent fine last weekend. I should have shown my combined Seniors/My Way card and beaten the rap.

poetix 7:15 pm 30 Nov 11

I hope people don’t just give beans and boring stuff; surely something more ‘festive’ would be better? It seems strange to be donating bland, sensible things when everyone else will be stuffing themselves on turkey. Or mangoes and camembert if you’re a weedy vegetarian. Tins of lollies or biscuits are at least special and would fit the description of what is accepted.

Is wine a ‘food item’?

Jerry Atric 5:56 pm 30 Nov 11

Dammit, seniors forgotten again! We don’t get fined for the library books we have had on our shelves (makes us look intellectual) for the last year or so, so we can’t help the charity and look self righteous and smug!

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