While most people see libraries as peaceful sanctuaries of knowledge, at least one Salt Lake City security guard isn’t among them. He’s become the target of public outcry after mishandling a situation with a book thief.
The incident occurred Wednesday evening in the Salt Lake City Public Library. Video shows the guard screaming at a man who’d allegedly taken a book. As the man walks toward the exit, the guard can be seen hurling various items at him, prompting the alleged thief to say, “That’s assault!” But the guard doesn’t stop there — he’s seen following the man outside, where he hits him with his baton.
— your stardew valley neighbor (@madalenamcneil) February 13, 2020
Madalena McNeil, who caught the incident on video, says, “I just was really surprised. I understand, you know, it’s a tough job and you’re there to provide security for the library but I was really surprised at the outburst.” In a tweet, McNeil is calling for the guard’s dismissal. A library rep says the incident is “under investigation.”
Do you agree with McNeil? Or did the book thief get the kind of treatment he deserved?