The Family Was Too Loose …. And Lost a Library Book by Dr. Seuss … So the Judge Got Mad … And Perhaps Jail Time Will Be Had

Apr 19, 2016  •  Post A Comment

A Michigan couple got into a big legal scrape over a Dr. Seuss book that their son checked out from the library that was later lost. WXYZ-TV reports that Cathy and Melvin Duren wound up in court on misdemeanor charges of Failure to Return Rental Property.

“The couple’s teenage son used Cathy’s library card to check out a Dr. Seuss book in July 2014. It was for their granddaughter to read during a visit, but the book was lost,” the story reports. “In April 2015, Cathy used her husband’s library card to borrow ‘The Rome Prophecy’ for him to read.”

Both books failed to be returned to the library on time, and the family began to receive demand notices from the Tecumseh Public Library. In January they found and returned “The Rome Prophecy,” but the Dr. Seuss book never turned up.

“Melvin Duren owes approximately $35 in late fees for the book that has already been returned,” the story notes. “Earlier this year, Cathy Duren sent the prosecutor’s office a $55 money order to cover the late fees and replacement cost for the lost Dr. Seuss book.”

The report adds: “They each remain free on a $100 bond.”

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