This Woman Wouldn't Serve a Manwho Viewed Porn on Her Library's Computers. Now She May Face the Sack

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This Woman Wouldn't Serve a Manwho Viewed Porn on Her Library's Computers. Now She May Face the Sack


Byline: JAMES MILLS

A LIBRARIAN felt well within her rights turning away a man who had used the library computers to look at pornography.

He had written explicit sexual fantasies about librarians on a chatroom website and been banned from using the facilities once before.

So when he turned up again, Ceri Randall, 51, could not bring herself to serve him. But her council bosses did not agree with her taking a stand.

They sent the man a letter of apology and he has since continued to use the library freely.

Mrs Randall, on the other hand, faces disciplinary action - and possibly the sack - for refusing to serve him.

The mother of five is so upset at having to put up with his visits that she has been off work with stress.

'It's absolutely crazy,' she said yesterday. 'I am not a prude - but I think it is completely unacceptable for people to be viewing sexually explicit material and writing sexual fantasies for Internet chatrooms in an area open to children.

'What people do in their own homes is a matter for them. But this kind of activity should not go on in a public library.' Mrs Randall, who has worked at the village library at Pyle, near Bridgend, South Wales, for 21 years, spotted the man, thought to be a 36-year-old married father of two, acting strangely while he was using the library computer.

'I was shelving books and I became aware of him typing quickly and quite loudly on the keyboard,' she said.

'At the same time, he was fidgeting in his seat - as a child would do when excited.

'I looked through the shelving at the computer and saw that he was on a chatroom site having a conversation with someone.

'I saw sexually explicit language and a fantasy about him having sex with the library staff. I was horrified and appalled by what I saw. It was awful.

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