Don't be a public library cheater
Once again we are approaching the annual Friends of the Library Garage Sale Saturday. This event benefits our local library and all citizens in our area. The cost to participate is very minimal and it goes to a community cause. The small fee is a fund raiser and covers the advertising and staffing costs.
Sadly and embarrassingly, every year almost 1/3 of the garage sale participants cheat the system (and the library) by peddling their wares and not paying their minimal fee. They are jumping on the train and not buying a ticket and, in effect, stealing services.
The Friends of the Library issues signs to be displayed at each garage sale that has paid their fee and agreed to the terms and conditions of the event. These are the sellers that should be appreciated and patronized.
For those sellers who cheat the system (and essentially steal their participation in the event) they should be ashamed and I don't see any problem if, when visiting their garage sale, people point out that they are in fact "cheaters and scammers". And for these fee-paying sellers, why not mention to your customers to avoid the cheaters. Many out-of-town buyers don't know good sellers from the bad sellers.
Let's all patronize the official, fee-paying, legitimate sellers who display their Friend's official participant signage and follow the rules.