Man Returns Book 69 Years Late, Blames WWII
Book was checked out on March 7, 1944
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 12, 2013 2:03 PM CDT
Library shelves, just not in Estonia.   (©)

(Newser) – An Estonian man has returned a library book 69 years late, partly blaming a World War II aerial bombing that damaged the library for the late return. Ivika Turkson of the Tallinn Central Library says that last week the man in his mid-80s returned the overdue book—which was checked out on March 7, 1944, while Estonia was occupied by Nazi Germany—along with an apology and an offer to pay a late fee.

Turkson said today that the library waived any penalty for the late return of the tome, which still contained the original emblem and serial number, allowing librarians to identify it. It was not immediately clear why the man waited so long to return the book, a work of fiction by Estonian author Eduard Vilde.

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myflap.blow
Mar 12, 2013 11:40 PM CDT
thought it said "Man Returns 69 Book Years Late"
bubbahotep
Mar 12, 2013 10:38 PM CDT
If he'd lived in Texas he'd have been thrown in jail for 10 years.
flatnosepete
Mar 12, 2013 5:38 PM CDT
And the man's name was Al Bundy.