A book amnesty program in San Francisco has inspired many guilty returns and a few entertaining excuses, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The city's public library offered tardy borrowers the chance to return items, fine-free, as long as they came with an excuse. Returning a record 29,228 items worth $55,165 in fines, book-lovers coughed up a few memorable explanations:
- A class of second-graders said they were too busy saving marine mammals.
- One man fell out with his sister, who "accidentally" put the movie Babe—which she had borrowed in his name—in his DVD stack.
- One woman borrowed a book on Jewish love for help with her relationships, but after three affairs sputtered, she figured the book was no good.