The Mysterious Case of the Literary Litterbug

Yes, this is a real thing.

In Colorado over the last couple of months a strange thing has been happening. Someone has been dumping books along the side of the highway. And not just one book here and one book there, the person has dumped more than 600 of them. That can become quite the inconvenience for everyone involved, mostly drivers.

But the case has been solved. On Thursday a state trooper witnessed the Literary Litterbug in action and threw the book at him for his crimes (like my pun?). He was charged with six counts of littering and released. The book bandit acquired thousands of books when an area used bookstore went out of business a few years ago. He was able to sell them online but ultimately couldn’t compete with larger, more refined book-selling operations. So instead of donating or just hanging on to the books he decided to start dumping them on his way to work.

The moral of the story is that you shouldn’t be dumping your books on the side of the highway. Send them to me and I’ll take care of them.

On this day in 2014 I published And the Most Banned Book of 2013 is….


12 thoughts on “The Mysterious Case of the Literary Litterbug

  1. Hmmm…really strange. Books or no books, littering is still littering. There are better (legal) ways of getting rid of unwanted books than just dumping along side the road. The Goodwill drop-off near my house often has a couple of boxes of used books sitting outside their door when they open. Sounds like this guy was just plain lazy, as well as inconsiderate.


    • Exactly. He was just being dumb and lazy. Fun fact: what I absolutely hate the most when driving is people throwing out their cigarettes. There will never be a reason to do that or to do this.


  2. That’s horrible! There are so many ways he could have donated or given away those books, rather than dumping them outside. I mean, sure, I’d love to happen upon some free books, but not on the side of the road or on a highway! What a jerk -_-


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