I worked at my son's school book fair this morning. While I was there, we found that the popular book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Dog Days, had over 14 copies missing. The librarian was so upset. The school has to eat the costs of the missing stuff.
It turns out that 10 of those copies had been "stashed" by some of the kids behind other books, displays and carts so that they could come back and buy them later. Whew. But, that meant that four others walked off in some kid's sticky fingers. Another item, worth about $14 dollars had also been stolen. If this kind of stuff continues, the school will end up paying to have a book fair. These are supposed to be fund raisers!
Two books were stolen off of some kids' desks as well. Small thieves seem to be running rampant in the school. And this is not some low income inner city school either, it's one of the top in the nation. How sad that these kids feel like they have to steal it.
Maybe it was the "buzz" about the book that has caused all the problems, I'm not sure. Every single one of the children want a copy of it though, including my kid.
I have never seen this kind of thing happen to this degree though. One or two things missing, yes, this kind of stuff though? It's very sad.