Charlton library sends police to collect overdue books from 5-year-old

According to a report by CBS, a Charlton, MA mom says her local library crossed the line when they sent police because of her daughter’s overdue library books. After police came to the door, 5-year-old Hailey burst into tears and asked her mom if the police were going to arrest her.

Charlton Police Sergeant Dan Dowd stopped by the home of Shannon Benoit to let her know that her daughter had two books several months overdue which needed to be returned or paid for.

The Benoit’s insist they never got any warnings. They found and returned the books, but Hailey’s mom argues that sending a cop to their house was like pounding a ten penny nail with a sledge hammer.

Even Sgt. Dowd admits he wasn’t real keen on it. “Nobody wanted to, on this end to get involved in it,” says Sgt. Dowd. “But the library contacted us, and the chief delegated, and apparently I was one of the low men on the totem pole.”

It does seem a bit extreme, but I think that many churches do the same sort of thing. We get all bent out of shape about little issues that don’t really amount to a hill of beans and neglect what really matters to God. When pressed about what was most important Jesus replied:

“‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” ~ Matthew 22:37-40

This is the heart of the iLife Journey – to live out loving God and loving others by pursuing…

  • intimacy with the Lord
  • involvement with the Church, and
  • influence with the World

Pursuing a deeper, richer love of God and others will help us put all the other matters of faith into their proper perspective!


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