Friday, October 09, 2009

"wiping tables and putting the books back"

Burt Constable berichtet im Daily Herald unter dem Titel "Ugly battle has librarians in Oak Brook turning to Teamsters" über die Kündigung des fixen Personals der Bibliothek in Oak Brook, nachdem die Gemeinde deutlich weniger Steuern eingenommen hatte und einen Sparkurs einlegen musste. Bei einer Anhörung habe sich ein dort ansässiger Anwalt sehr unfreundlich über die Bibliothek und ihr Personal geäußert: "'Those who come up here with tears in their eyes talking about the library, put your money where your mouth is,' Xinos shot back. He told Sydney and others who spoke against the layoffs of the three full-time staffers (including the head librarian and children's librarian) and two part-timers to stop 'whining' and raise the money themselves. 'I don't care that you guys miss the librarian, and she was nice, and she helped you find books,' Xinos told them. 'Don't cry crocodile tears about people who are making $100,000 a year wiping tables and putting the books back on the shelves,' Xinos smirked, apparently referencing the fired head librarian, who has advanced degrees and made $98,676 a year. He said Oak Brook had to 'stop indulging people in their hobbies' and 'their little, personal, private wants'".
Auf der Website Chicagoist wird das so kommentiert: "We've hung out with a lot of crankypants people in our time, but if we ever have the misfortune to meet 69-year-old Constantine 'Connie' Xinos of Oak Brook, we think he might take first prize". - Siehe auch Berichte in First Draft ("Personal, private little wants. Like learning to read"), Boingboing und NBC.

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