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View Poll Results: Should drunks be allowed in public libraries?
Yes 11 24.44%
No 34 75.56%
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:36 AM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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...and should the staff only detain obviously intoxicated people, or should they carry around a Breathylzer device?

......if so, what should the blood-alcohol limit be? Should the library staff randomly test people?

(Inspired by the "Should porn be allowed in public libraries" thread)
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:39 AM
 
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As long as they're not being disruptive, the amount of alcohol in a person's blood shouldn't matter.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:42 AM
 
Location: 3rd rock from the sun
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The problem in northern libraries is than when 'bums' come in to get warm so do their bugs. Don't sit in upholstered chairs - just the wooden desk chairs and you won't catch anything.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:47 AM
 
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On the one hand, I feel kind of sorry for them and wish they could have a safe place to hang out. On the other hand . . . if they are dirty, smelly, unpredictable, disruptive, unsafe, then they shouldn't be allowed in. Normal citizens deserve to have a quiet, safe haven in the library too, and I'd especially not want to subject children to drunks and bums.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:48 AM
 
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If they behave, don't openly bother people or smell like they dropped a load and most importantly, don't pass out and hog the internet capable PCs, I'm okay with them being there.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:52 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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They should call the police and report someone for public intoxication. If they're being disruptive, then add disorderly conduct to the charge. They get to spend the night in a cell where they will not suffer frostbite and will get a meal or two.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:54 AM
 
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Another way of asking the question: If a drunk is quietly reading and isn't bothering anybody, why should he (or she) be banned from a public library? Would you even know if someone is drunk if he was silent?
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:57 AM
 
Location: Boise
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If drunks weren't allowed, Hemingway wouldn't be allowed to do a reading or check out his own books.
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Another way of asking the question: If a drunk is quietly reading and isn't bothering anybody, why should he (or she) be banned from a public library? Would you even know if someone is drunk if he was silent?
Many libraries have multiple floors (2 or more) and have stairs. They don't have to be bothering anybody to know they're drunk. You can see if they're drunk by how they walk when they enter or walk around the library. That said, they would be a danger to themselves and could potentially fall down the stairs or injure themselves in a fall, an action that a lawsuit attorney would just love to tackle against a government owned building. It is for public safety, the safety of the drunk, and for lawsuit protection that the employees or visitors of the library should call the police to report the drunk and have him arrested for public intoxication.
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:16 AM
 
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Many libraries have multiple floors (2 or more) and have stairs.
But many don't.

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They don't have to be bothering anybody to know they're drunk. You can see if they're drunk by how they walk when they enter or walk around the library. That said, they would be a danger to themselves and could potentially fall down the stairs or injure themselves in a fall, an action that a lawsuit attorney would just love to tackle against a government owned building. It is for public safety, the safety of the drunk, and for lawsuit protection that the employees or visitors of the library should call the police to report the drunk and have him arrested for public intoxication.
A lot of people can be legally drunk and still carry themselves perfectly fine. They might not be able to drive, but certainly, most drunks can sit in a library without disturbing anybody.
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