I’ve professed my utter love for the library and its free programs before. That love remains in tact. But it’s time for a confession. About once a year, I rack up an impressive late fee bill. I don’t know why it happens. I can renew my books online without even going into the library. They send me email reminders. It shouldn’t happen. But it does. I would get more upset with myself, but then I’m reminded that those programs I love so much receive partial funding from me and my late fees.
Returning your books to the library late isn’t the only way to support your community through mandated fees. Have you ever gotten a traffic ticket? Have you ever looked at the details for all those fees? On top of supporting the courts and judicial system, a traffic ticket around here will also send some of your money to EMS services in your area and medicare. We haven’t gotten tickets in quite some time, but if we did at least I could sleep better at night knowing that someone got an ambulance because of my civic irresponsibility.
My community isn’t the only one who benefits from collecting fees from my household. I have put an official ban on redbox movies. Last time the boyfriend brought one home, I told him it was horrible before we even watched it. It was. Truly horrible. If the first modern Clash of the Titans wasn’t that great, why would the sequel be better? And we didn’t return that horrible movie the next day like we were supposed to. We got busy. And forgot. For days. We might as well have bought the dang thing.
So that’s my weakness. Late fees. But at least my community (and sometimes corporate businesses) benefits.
Have you supported your community through fees?