Posted September 24, 2018 05:31:30 A Minnesota couple is facing more than $150,000 in fines after the state’s libraries failed to provide a computer, phone, or printer to a homeless man in their library, even though they were able to provide them in the past.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Wednesday that the county libraries had been charged with failing to provide access to a person who has a mental illness and is unable to use a computer.
In addition, the couple was charged with failure to pay for a computer or phone service.
The state Department of Human Services said it’s investigating the case, and a spokesperson said it was not aware of any cases of this type in the previous decade.
However, the department said it “takes these matters seriously and is working with Minnesota law enforcement agencies to ensure these violations do not occur again.”
The Star Tribune said the couple is expected to be charged with a misdemeanor, which carries a fine of $10.00 per day and up to a year in jail.