Usually, I'd just pay my fines and just put it down to being an idiot, if I forgot to renew my books. But in this case I don't want to pay the fines. I was ill and not with it and would like not to have to fork out £8.40 for the privilege.
The library told me that the fees would be waived, if I could get a doctor's note. So I called the doctor after I'd seen him on Monday and asked for a note. But doctors don't give you notes these days until you've been off for more than a week. I wasn't. If I wanted a note even so, I'd have to pay £11.50.
Armed with this information I went into the library this morning to ask what they proposed I did, seeing as I didn't want to pay the fine. They said I had to get some sort of proof that I was off sick.
The secretary suggested that I fill in a Sickness Self-Certification Form and that we'd stamp it and get my boss to sign it, too. This we did. I went back to the library with this documentation. They said that it wasn't any good and they couldn't accept it, because I could have just filled it it myself. I pointed out that it was signed by my line-manager. They said I shouldn't have the document that I was showing them at all, because it should go to personnel. I told them that it was a duplicate especially to show to them. They still wouldn't accept it. Instead, they want a letter on headed paper signed by my line-manager.
WTF?! Do they think we have no life or work? Anyway... now I have ranted, I will put together the letter and then see about getting my boss to sign it. This is such a farce!