Don't steal this book.
April 19, 2010 9:26 AM Subscribe
One of my employees has been accused of theft. Please help me investigate.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a supervisor at a university library. We have a reserve collection of textbooks for each class, which are available for two-hour checkout. These are not meant for students to use instead of buying their own books, but are for when a student has left a book at home or in the car or whatever. We only have a couple texts for each class.
One title in particular, a supplement to a textbook, is gone. We had two copies. Neither are checked out in the system. Now a student has come to tell me that he saw one of our student circulation workers with that supplement (clearly marked as a library book) in class.
Our student workers do have the ability to take books and desensitize them without checking them out, and this particular worker has done that in the past. He was warned, and as far as I knew, had stopped doing that. There have also been complaints about him on other issues, and I know that he has been officially reprimanded by university administration, although I don't know the details.
If the worker did indeed steal, or perma-borrow, this book, it's a major honor code violation. He could be expelled. I'm sure he knows this. How do I find out if this accusation is true? If I ask him, I'm sure he'll deny it. Do I ask to search his bag? Do I give him an opportunity to return the book, no questions asked, as long as it's back on the shelf tonight? How far should I pursue this?