Common Sense Vs. Levy County

Grad-school buddy Susan alerted me to this lovely nugget:

Levy County’s public libraries are struggling to get books checked out or reshelved because retirees who usually handle many of those chores have balked at a requirement that they “pee in a cup” as part of a mandatory drug test for all county volunteers.

“It’s not like we are a high-risk group for coming in drunk or high or stoned or whatever,” said one volunteer. “This is just a common-sense issue – why are we spending tax money to test 75-year-old grandmothers for marijuana? We should be using that money to buy more books and computers.”

This is what happens when common sense gets overrun by the C.Y.A. contingent.   And it’s having serious ramifications for the library:

The situation has gotten to the point where the pool of 55 volunteers has dwindled to two and the number of hours worked by volunteers in the county’s five libraries plunged from 330 in September 2005 to 11 this September, according to county library records.

I don’t suppose the folks who mandated the testing will spring for new employees?   Read the whole thing.



Filed under Libraries and Librarianship, Things that make you go, "Hmmm..."

4 responses to “Common Sense Vs. Levy County

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  2. I live in Levy County Florida and I was surprised to see this bit of our counties red neck ways have flown via internet to the north lands. Too bad some one has’nt caught wind of what Levy County did to Justin Landon-the 18 year old african american high school lad that did the unthinkable and got hisself electec to the city council in THE redneck city in Levy County-Williston. Oh that did’nt matter-they fixed him…helped him get himself caught looking at hustler magizenes with a white girl-a promiscuous white girl….now the Jeb took his seat away and Levy County sent him off to prison for lewd and lacivious assault on a young girl who locals admit is a lewd and lacivious teen aged girl…Justin should’ve been smarter-temptations were hard to resist-those kind for sure. But this was an 18 year old black male with a 16 year old white girl both from the peanut capital of the world. It makes sense they’d pee test the old ladies in our libraries….the county is criminal and is hiding its own guilt in the elderly.

  3. Catana

    Every once in a while I imagine there might be a limit to stupidity, but I guess not.

  4. This is way stupid, yet I have to wonder why the Lib. is relying so heavily on volunteers to do its page work. A library can’t function if the books are not reshelved. Can’t they hire some high school students part-time?

    Volunteers are great, but they should not be relied upon to handle the day-to-day business of the library, because any little dust-up like this will leave the library in the lurch, exactly as we see here.

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