Talk about an expensive late fee!
In 1949, a copy of the classic novel Gone with the Wind was checked out of the Rogers High School library in Spokane, Wash.
And on Tuesday, Dec. 5, the missing book was finally returned to the school — 65 years past it's due date!
A 1936 copy of 'Gone with the Wind.' (Photo Credit: R/R)
Maine-resident Wayne Hachey was reportedly cleaning out his father's cellar in New England when he found the book with a school stamp and library card still tucked in the cover.
Hoping to return the long overdue novel, Hachey penned a letter to the school to tell them he had located the 1946 edition of 'Gone with the Wind,' which had been rented out by former student Betty Madershied.
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"Not sure how the book ended up on the East Coast," Hachey wrote in his letter. "I'd be willing to ship the book back if this is the same school as long as I don't have to pay the late fee in the back of the book of two cents per day — that would be around $470."
Actor Clark Gable — who played Rhett Butler in the book's 1939 film adaptation — reading 'Gone with the Wind' in January 1939. (Photo Credit: Getty)
Rogers High School Principal Lori Wyborney happily accepted the novel and promised to waive all late fees incurred during its 65 year absence from the library.
"We're delighted to have the book back, but we wonder where it has been," she told 'Reuters,' adding a group of students are now trying to uncover how it traveled across the country.
The book — which is reportedly worth $350 — is now on display in a glass case in the school's library.
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