Library fines have a sneaky way of adding up–just ask George Washington. You might assume, of all tasks assigned the President of the United States, returning a library book or two, would be easy. Alas, according to Ed Pilkington’s article (Guardian, 28 April 2010):
The New York Society Library, the city’s only lender of books at the time of Washington’s presidency, has revealed that the first American president took out two volumes and pointedly failed to return them.
At today’s prices, adjusted for inflation, he would face a late fine of $300,000.
And you thought $20 was high.