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>> No. 19649 Anonymous
11th July 2019
Thursday 12:40 pm
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Hunt for ‘book ripper’ tearing up dozens of Herne Bay Demelza charity shop novels

A mystery vandal has been tearing up dozens of books at a charity shop.

As many as 15 paperbacks a week have had their pages ripped in half at the Demelza store in Mortimer Street, Herne Bay.

The callous bibliophobe - dubbed "the book ripper" by customers - has been targetting sections out of sight from staff since April. Store manager Nick Rogers says the slippery perpetrator tears the pages horizontally before putting them back on the shelf.

Shop workers have erected signs to try to deter the sneaky saboteur - but so far this has been ineffective.

A number of books at Herne Bay Library in the High Street have also been damaged over the last six months. Staff members have not identified a pattern to the vandalism as the defaced paperbacks have been from a variety of sections.


It seems that crab killer has moved on to ripping books. Who knows what other dastardly deeds he will move onto next. The coast is not safe.
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>> No. 19650 Anonymous
11th July 2019
Thursday 1:11 pm
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Yet another reason to only buy from the Kindle store.
>> No. 19651 Anonymous
11th July 2019
Thursday 11:38 pm
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Careful, he may find a way of ripping your Kindle in half.
>> No. 19652 Anonymous
11th July 2019
Thursday 11:48 pm
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Who's to say he isn't in the pay of Big eBook and that's what he wants.
>> No. 19653 Anonymous
12th July 2019
Friday 8:17 am
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Who cares? Paper books are the preserve of the pretentious hoarder.
>> No. 19654 Anonymous
12th July 2019
Friday 9:45 am
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You sound insecure.
>> No. 19655 Anonymous
12th July 2019
Friday 11:53 am
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Never heard of libgen, lad?
>> No. 19656 Anonymous
12th July 2019
Friday 5:08 pm
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Yeah? I've heard of shoplifting as well, but I still pay a supermarket.
>> No. 19657 Anonymous
12th July 2019
Friday 5:12 pm
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I had previously unquestioningly assumed that people with bookcases like the one pictured had vast or at least better than average general knowledge, but I've since learnt some of them have the kind of knowledge gaps you'd expect from a council estate kid who stopped attending school at 13. Maybe that's what happens if you engross yourself in fiction.
>> No. 19658 Anonymous
12th July 2019
Friday 5:35 pm
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I wasn't aware that supermarkets lent you food and reserved the right to come into your home and take it away from you for any reason.
>> No. 19659 Anonymous
12th July 2019
Friday 5:40 pm
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A lot of people have bookcases for aesthetic purposes. I'd wager that I haven't read even half of what are on mine, but that's because I buy them faster than I can read them.

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