A California man got many happy returns when he was absolved of all fines after returning a book that was overdue — by about 100 years.
Webb Johnson strolled into his local San Francisco library branch with a copy of the appropriately titled Forty Minutes Late, which his great-grandmother checked out way back in 1917. She actually passed away before the original due date, but family members opted to pass the volume down from generation to generation rather than return it.
Johnson learned of the book’s existence about 20 years ago, but didn’t consider returning it until the library announced an amnesty program — which he decided to test. Head librarian Luis Herrera said he was happy to get the book back on the shelves.
At the 2017 rate of 10 cents a day, the overdue fine would have come to $3650.
However the Library’s amnesty program allows users to return late books for no charge, so the century old book was returned at no cost at all.