We all forget things sometimes, but 47 years is a long time for something to slip your mind!
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Librarians at the Lake Elmo Library in Minnesota recently received a package that both surprised and delighted them. It was a copy of “Chilton’s Foreign Car Repair Manual” that had last been seen in their collection in the 1970s. Inside the book was a note, written anonymously, apologizing for returning the book a whopping 47 years past its due date.
“In the mid-1970s, I was living in [Lake Elmo] and was working on an old Mercedes Benz,” the note explained. “I took out this book for reference. A few months later I moved and apparently the book got packed up in the move. Forty-seven years later I found it … in a trunk with other interesting things from the ’70s. It’s a little overdue but I thought you might want it back.”
The borrower even included a donation for late fees, but the library no longer charges any late fees, so they’re off the hook!
This story is a great example of the saying, “better late than never!”
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