Librarians get crabby

Clothes,  unwanted pies, beer bottles and seaside driftwood have occasionally appeared in our return bins.

But on Monday at New Brighton Library, a more unusual return was discovered.
Charlie the crab was found in the box, presumably recovering after returning his library books.

17 thoughts on “Librarians get crabby

  1. Sarah 17 February 2012 / 11:41 am


  2. Debbie 17 February 2012 / 11:51 am

    I laughed so much and then I got a bit concerned about Charlie’s welfare. Such high speed, conflicting emotional responses have left me quite drained…

  3. Mo-mo 17 February 2012 / 11:52 am

    I once found a copy of Hustler magazine in the returns bin at New Brighton Library. Needless to say this was not a publication we had a subscription to.

    Geez, NB, Hustler AND Crabs. Is there something in the water out that way?

  4. Luqman 17 February 2012 / 11:53 am

    Just nipped in to the library. Ahem…

  5. Adrian 17 February 2012 / 11:58 am

    A la Luqman – Was it a nippy morning in New Brighton this morning? (incredibly bad joke)

  6. Aimee 17 February 2012 / 11:59 am

    An old pair of jeans was in there one morning

  7. Pukekochick 17 February 2012 / 12:53 pm

    Our most exciting item through the returns slot at Upper Riccarton was a stink bomb. During work time. It was very stinky.

  8. Donna 17 February 2012 / 1:12 pm

    Gross – offensive magazines, iffy clothing & righteous pongs! Some replies I’ve had via other channels are vomit (er, cheers) and “At Napier Public, many years ago, we found a preserved/mummified frog in our returns bin”. I’m sensing a Frog V Crab matchup …

  9. Amanda 17 February 2012 / 1:36 pm

    At my library, kittens are a popular return item – sometimes one, sometimes more. A workmate once made the delightful discovery of human excrement.

  10. Raewyn 17 February 2012 / 3:17 pm

    Not in the returns bin – but more than once we’ve had a chase around after skinks in the library. I prefer to catch/chase them out while alive than find them dead later.

  11. Marlowe 17 February 2012 / 3:19 pm

    Fresh eels at a video store is the messiest I’ve heard of. I dealt with excrement on the outside of the slot once, but at least I could turn the fire hose on it.

  12. Mojo Jojo 17 February 2012 / 4:27 pm

    Ah yes, I’m reminded of the occasional delightful task of figuring out exactly which book (or books) in the returns bin is the one that stinks of cat pee…

  13. SpecSavers Customer 17 February 2012 / 10:17 pm

    I thought it was a pile of chocolate biscuits in the photo then put on my glasses and realised they had legs !!

  14. wildwoman 18 February 2012 / 1:25 pm

    After hours spider anyone? We didn’t investigate too much but had a lurking suspicion it was flaunting its white tail at us.

  15. Maree 20 February 2012 / 10:02 am

    Dead rat. Had been squished on the road to a nice post-it shape, obviously gave someone ideas. Lost about twenty books we could not get the smell out of.

  16. ValerieL 20 February 2012 / 11:34 am

    After a long hot weekend, I found an opened can of a famous cola drink and a Bubble-O-Bill icecream in the night returns in a Melbourne suburb. Instantly went of both forms of refreshment.

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