Back in the day, about ten years ago, an unforgettable saga unfurled within the confines of an otherwise ordinary library’s lost-and-found department. This thrilling drama features the emergence of a new boss, the cunning of an opportunistic library-goer, and the whirlwind of events that led to a plot-twisting, karma-drenched climax.
Queen Bee Shook Things Up
Like many public places, the library had an inconspicuous lost and found box tucked under the desk, but the arrival of a new boss, who we’ll call Queen B (QB), shook things up.
Unsatisfied with the covert setup, she insisted that all lost items be placed on an exposed shelf, inviting onlookers to identify and retrieve their forgotten belongings.
Unbeknownst to QB, the open lost-and-found shelf was a treasure trove in the eyes of one regular library-goer, Jim. Spotting an opportunity, he laid claim to every item on display, be it a glittery pink onesie, a well-used pacifier, or an odd glove that had been gathering dust for months.
Despite knowing that Jim wasn’t the rightful owner of the claimed items, QB stood by her rule that “if he says it’s his, it’s his.”
… And Paid No Heed to Jim’s Blatant Dishonesty
She believed this approach would help clear the clutter, paying no heed to Jim’s blatant dishonesty.
The turning point in this saga came when a toddler’s favorite plush toy, Mr. Giraffe, was accidentally left behind at the library.
Alerted immediately, the mother said she would return in 20 minutes to collect it. The toy was placed on the infamous shelf, following QB’s rule.
Our resident opportunist, Jim, quickly spotted Mr. Giraffe on the shelf. Despite staff protests and reminders about the imminent arrival of the toy’s rightful owner, QB handed Mr. Giraffe to Jim, sticking to her rule.
Missing Mr. Giraffe
Upon arrival, the mother and her toddler spotted Mr. Giraffe protruding from Jim’s backpack. Left flustered and speechless, QB could only mumble, “But… but… he said it was his…” when confronted about the lost plushie.
Just when you’d think the tale had peaked, an unexpected twist of fate lurked around the corner. QB, after a week-long conference, discovered her pricey water cooler was nowhere to be found.
And you guessed it – the self-proclaimed owner was none other than Jim.
Sporting a triumphant grin, Jim once again invoked the rule of the library.
“That’s the rule!”
He retorted, “But all I have to do is say it’s mine and they have to give it to me! That’s the rule!” This time, the rule had turned against its own maker.
QB’s sweet water cooler turned bitter as she was forced to taste her own medicine.
By the afternoon, the old lost-and-found box was reinstated, and Jim was required to describe any item he claimed in minute detail.
This deliciously scandalous tale is an enduring testament to the pitfalls of loosely enforced rules and the ironies they can.
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