pages do it by the books

In the immortal words of Dave Barry, I swear I am not making this up

I could scarcely believe it myself before I found four of them. Neither could anyone else presumably, since all the pages and clerks who were working that night all crowded around to examine them; you, dear reader, are simply going to have to take my word for it.

They lurk among our CD holdings. The actual CD has been replaced with a burned copy, with the original art and barcode number reproduced on it. (I'm still not even sure how they pull this off; perhaps one of my fair readers can enlighten me?) The actual liner notes have been replaced with a copy, printed out on an inkjet printer, with a typed-up label mimicking ours on the front. The liner notes gives the game away immediately when you know what you're looking for--where there's supposed to be a raised barcode on the inside, there's just a scanned, printed image of one.

Now, is it just me, or does that seem like a lot of effort and expense to go to, just to acquire a beat-up library CD that has been defaced with multiple stickers and markings? Whatever happened to, you know, shoplifting from stores? Isn't that cool anymore?

Kids these days. I tell you *shakes head ruefully*
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I assume that when we give the CDs to the head librarian, she'll check to find out who had them last, although I suppose some of them could have even been checked out by someone else in the meantime. From what she told us, though, they confronted a guy who brought in one of these things (I think it was at another branch?) and he claimed that it had been an accident, and there was nothing we could do.

Which, come to think if it--it wouldn't be very hard to walk out of the library with CDs you hadn't checked out. We don't have any fancy schmancy theft detection. So, seriously--why would anyone go to all this trouble, again?
He must have some sort of strange attack of conscience, or perhaps he's practicing to become a skilled forger. Or he could be insane. Ask the head librarian if he looks like my icon here.