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Keith Richards Could Owe Thousands of Dollars in Overdue Library Fines

Image courtesy of Jane Rose/KeithRichards.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Jane Rose/KeithRichards.com (via ABC News Radio)

A public library in Dartford, England, apparently can’t get satisfaction from Keith Richards .

The veteran rocker admits he still owes fines for books he borrowed and failed to return to the library decades ago, the Mirror reports.  The newspaper quotes Richards as saying, “I’ve still got overdue fines from about 50 years ago.  They must be astronomical by now.”

The Mirror estimates that with a 15 pence a day fine, plus interest and administrative fees, Richards could be facing a library bill of about 3,000 pounds, approximately $4,547.

The 69-year-old Richards says he felt right at home in the quiet atmosphere of the library in Dartford.  “To me it was a place where you get a hint there was somewhere called civilization.”  The hard-living guitarist adds, “It was the only place where I would willingly obey the laws, like silence. It was somewhere I could find out about things I was interested in.”

When contacted by the newspaper, a receptionist at the Dartford Library was unable to determine quickly how much Richards owes in fines.  “For fines going back 50 years, it’s going to be tough to work out exactly how much is owed,” says the receptionist, adding, “We’d have to check the archives.”

Meanwhile, the U.K. tabloid The Sun cites experts who estimate that Richards actually owes the library around 20,000 pounds in overdue fines.  That’s approximately $30,000.

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