I got a wonderful letter in the mail today from my university. It is not congratulating me on submitting my dissertation, but informing me I have $206 worth of library fines to pay before I can graduate. At my university, academic staff do not get fined, but postgraduates do, even if they are working as casual academic staff and use their student accounts to loan books.
I know very well I have $206 worth of fines because I have had them for 2 years. For those 2 years I have not been able to use my university’s library. Yes, I completed my PhD without using my own university’s library. Obviously, they have such an excellent system of fines that it helps students learn and researchers do research.
Does the library or student administration seriously believe that I am going to pay $206 worth of fines after not being able to use the library for 2 years?
Now I have my own library, don’t need their books, lol…