Barred from borrowing books because of nationality.

I was appalled to read that a Swedish library has restricted someone to two books because of their nationality!

Was the lady an illegal immigrant? No.  Was she someone with no address? No.  Was she someone with no idea? No.

She is actually Dutch, has a personnummer, pays Swedish tax and works as a language tutor.

The library staff member answered that that wasn’t enough and that immigrants aren’t allowed to borrow more than two books because [library staff] couldn’t check what they did with them,” reads the complaint.


Luckily the ombudmsan has ruled this is unfair and will fine the library accordingly. Good! I have been subject to some of this nonsense before, once at a DVD store and another at a well known Swedish bank.  Well done to this Dutch lady for taking it to the authorities as I usually just give them a bit of lip and storm out.

Read more about this story at thelocal

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