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    Reading Is Infectious

    | Melbourne, Australia | Health & Body, Top

    (A customer is returning a large pile of overdue books – about 90 for the entire family. She’s waiting while I process them in order to pay the fine.)

    Me: “Well, they’re not very overdue. It’s just that there’s a lot of them.”

    Customer: “Yeah, I know. I’m sorry they’re late.”

    (I scan the last few books.)

    Me: “Okay, over the three cards, there’s $50 in fines, but I’ll halve that to $25 as they’re not too late.”

    Customer: “Oh, thanks so much. I just couldn’t get them in as we’ve all had scarlet fever.”

    (I look at the pile of books, every one of which I have handled.)

    Me: “Oh…”