The article is not bashful about naming the culprits and even managed to track down one of them who seems to have lost the sixteen books she checked out (valued at $400). Of the top 10 offenders on the list, not a single one of them has bothered to pay a fine or return the materials stolen. You know things are not going well when the city legal department refuses to get involved and the debt collectors hired to recover from these thieves are failing to do much good (about a 10% recovery rate when they are used).
To rub salt in the wounds inflicted by these lowlifes, the Houston Public Library is making its services available on a reduced schedule because of budget problems. Letting several million dollars worth of books, DVDs, laptops, CDs, and audiobooks walk out the front door is not helping much.