Here at For Reading Addicts we love to receive correspondence from our followers and many of you send in stories and news items that you have found and thought that perhaps we might like. Follower Brandon Owens is one such person and he sent us in this news item from 2013 which we thought was horrifying and nauseating in equal measures.
Taken from the NYDaily News website it concerns a gentleman by the name of Tyree S. Carter who has been banned from every single library… On Earth!
According to the news article Carter had been charged with lewd behaviour and disorderly conduct after being accused of openly masturbating in the Racine Public Library.
At 10:36 am in early March of 2013 an officer was dispatched to the library for a report of Carter’s behavior. The employee who reported the behavior said Carter was on the second floor and was “standing in the open, not trying to conceal the act,” according to his criminal complaint.
Upon the officer’s arrival Carter was seated at a library table reading a book and when asked if he knew why the officer had attended feigned ignorance saying he had no idea what the problem was. His memory was jogged by the officer who repeated the accusation whereupon Carter was immediately apologetic saying this was the first time he had ever engaged in such behaviour.
Carter’s bond was set at $1,000 and he bonded out of jail just a few days after he was charged with a condition of his release being that he “stay out of all the libraries on the face of the earth,” court records state.
I can find no record as to the outcome of his trial (if there was one) but I for one hope that he has never broken the conditions of his bond.
Thank you for this Brandon, I may never borrow a library book again.