Karen Lindsay Was Overdue at the Library; So They Threw the Book at Her
updated 11/27/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/27/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST
Lindsay, an office worker, had checked out seven books a year and a half before. She says that she returned them; the library disagrees. So officials went looking for Lindsay—and for their books. Lindsay, however, had moved twice and says she didn't receive any notices, including one telling her of her arraignment. Her failure to show up triggered the warrant.
Lindsay was taken to the county jail, where she was booked, photographed and put in a cell with 50 other female prisoners. One detainee, being held on auto-theft charges, asked Lindsay what she was in for. "I told her," reports Lindsay, "and she just looked at me and said, 'Sure.' "
The diminutive Lindsay spent the night in jail and was released the next day on her own recognizance. At a court hearing two days later, she pleaded not guilty, then called the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The publicity caused a furor. A radio station paid her $149.65 fine. An Atlanta lawyer volunteered to take her case, and David Letterman tried to book her. She turned David down, she says, "because very strange people appear on Letterman."
Finally, on Nov. 10, all charges were dropped. And so Karen Lindsay is back on the street...but she'll probably stay away from the library.