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Book Club Installs Cameras for Security

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The Book Club installed security cameras to curb students from stealing coffee in the express line.

Book Club Manager Kelly Kribbs said “We have three deluxe HD security cameras placed around the shop to catch these Book Club Bandits.”

During busy times, especially between class periods, students have been able to approach the counter of The Book Club without waiting. As long as they have exact change and their own mug, they can purchase coffee.

“It’s so efficient,” Kayla Maccelroy K ’15 said. “It’s such a relief to know that I won’t be late to class, and I’ll still be caffeinated.”

The Cafe’s piggy bank runs on the honor system, and the Book Club expects students to pay the $1.50. Recently, Kribbs noticed students taking advantage of the system. “They come up to the counter and place a few cents in,” Kribbs said. “I know who they are, and I can’t let this go on any longer.”

One of these bandits, who asked to remain anonymous for his reputation, said that he steals for the thrill. “It’s like I’m robbing a bank,” he said. “I get this adrenaline rush, and then you add that to coffee and it’s an amazing feeling.”

These cameras have 24-hour surveillance and are connected to an interface system to connect the faces caught on camera to student ID pictures. The system also connects to a device inside the piggy bank to register how much change is entered, so students cannot place seven cents inside and still take coffee. Security will be alerted and the student will immediately be brought to the disciplinary committee. Kribbs added, “No one will be able to get coffee for free again, I’ll make sure of that.”

“Stealing is not tolerated anywhere on this campus, especially on my watch,” Kribbs said. The Book Club serves Water Street coffee, which, according to Kelly Kribbs, is not cheap. “A large bag of coffee is $500, every time a student steals we lose money,” Kribbs said. “We are going to have to stop serving coffee all together if this continues.”

Book Club employee Jenna Wood K ’16 has caught several students stealing. “I just don’t get it, like why would you think that’s okay?” Wood said. She feels encouraged by the security cameras, and said they will decrease thieving from the shop.

“Here at K, you can’t just take things, it’s not okay. It’s sad that it had to come to this, but I hope being on camera will keep students accountable for their actions,” said Kribbs.

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Book Club Installs Cameras for Security