Quoth Mr. Security
Wow no offense but have you guys had problem with this guy before because a 6 month verbal bar is extreme for tearing out an article from the newspaper. The library i'm security at do also take there newspapers seriously but there's no way administration would allow us to bar someone that long for tearing a newspaper
A lot of it has to do with where you are and what you're dealing with. I used to work at a public library located only a few blocks from the area homeless shelters. That meant that we had to deal with a lot of people the homeless shelters wouldn't accept for whatever reason (being drunk/high/generally a nuisance). I don't want to sound mean or nasty, but it was generally a constant state of somewhere between "annoying" and "health and safety issue." The library director had to get the police to come many times to deal with panhandlers who were getting *very* aggressive around patrons. We also had numerous hygiene issues to contend with: the furniture in some of those areas was literally urine-soaked because these people would fall asleep and mess themselves or for whatever reason couldn't be bothered to go use the restrooms.
On top of that, there were one or two incidents of indecent exposure to a minor
My point is this: tearing an article out of a newspaper might seem extreme. But in the greater context of this particular public library, it's merely indicative of the sort of nonsense that happens continually to make the library a less helpful and welcoming place. Where we were, it wasn't a matter of tearing up newspapers so much as it was staking claim to "their" computers by doing things like unplugging the keyboard (or removing the keyboard cable entirely - it was detachable at both ends) or even unplugging the computer outright. But the net effect is the same: denying public resources to the public for your own personal gain, wasting public money in the process. Sure, a newspaper is $1.50. A keyboard cable was something like $4 or $5. But the behavior is unacceptable, and I've seen time and time and time and time (and time and time) again that given an inch, many will take a mile or more.