Complaints from sucky neighbours force nine-year-old to shut down his free library
Spencer Collins had to take down his free library in his front yard because of two complaints the city received from neighbours (who obviously don’t believe in sharing, educating and promoting open-mindedness). Spencer had set up a neat little library where people could “take a book, leave a book”. You will note the tiny, cute, little library housing those books. Would you believe that he had to take it down because it wasn’t a structure that was attached to the house – and therefore is a code violation?
Are your eyes rolling like mine? Are you suddenly crying out loud saying “but that thing? It is so tiny – it’s not even a structure!” Yes, look at its size and revel in the idiocy of this situation. Roll it around in your mind and ponder the stupidity and absurdity. If fact, let’s go through that entire neighbourhood and see what else we can complain about. Oh, that bird house is too big! Oh, wait, is that a fort your kids built? Hey, did you get a permit to put that little toy playhouse there?
You know what really gets to me? What really pisses me right off? It’s that someone complained in the first place. It leaves me incredulous that a person was so put out by this (even though it was causing them no harm) that they made the decision to complain about a 9 year old boy’s willingness to share and build community. I’m about to start swearing my face off because a reading warrior, book loving kid only wants to share his love of books through his own, free library with others and some stupid, sucky people complained to the city and now he has to take it down. The swears are coming….I can’t hold them back….
To the people who complained: I give you a “what the fuck?” mixed with a “go fuck yourself” ending with a dramatic middle finger salute.
All is not lost though, Spencer continues to have his library but has moved it to the garage. Away from the eyes of the nothing-makes-them-happy-so-they-have-to-find-some-way-to-ruin-someone-else’s-joy fellow “neighbours”.
Am I being hard on these people who complained to the city? Hell no! I am a book girl, a book warrior, a reading raven! It is my duty to champion my fellow book lovers against the minds of those still stuck in the dark ages. And champion I will! Threaten books and the lioness will show her claws.
Spencer Collins – I salute you!
And Spencer, if you read this…I’m sorry for swearing.