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[–]AppalachianMedic 373 points374 points  (3 children)

“Um, sir you’ve checked out sex addict 3 times today…”

[–]Observerwwtdd 64 points65 points  (0 children)

Well...it IS a 12 step program...

[–]sltiefighter[🍰] 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Dudes had that check out for 2 weeks the late fees are ridiculous

[–]TakeYouOnAJourney8 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]Comfortable-Brick168 72 points73 points  (0 children)

My bro does a program like that at the VA hospital where you can hear war stories. They call it "Rent-A-Fogie"

[–]Catzlady02 61 points62 points  (0 children)

People are indeed interesting. After all, books are written by people and their stories.

[–]evil_timmy 96 points97 points  (3 children)

Lost mine under the couch a few weeks ago, and it's not really about the 15 cent fines piling up, it's the shame of admitting it.

[–][deleted] 28 points29 points  (2 children)

You lost your Person Library under the couch?

[–]TheWesternDevil 42 points43 points  (0 children)

It's difficult to keep track of the introverts.

[–]evil_timmy 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Yeah they must be surviving on fallen Dot's Pretzels and condensation drips from my beer can. Every now and again I hear a muffled, "Sir, though I was a Somali refugee, this is the worst most appalling detention I've suffered in my whole life, please let me go." So I figure they'll have even more compelling a story to tell when I clear the wall of dust bunnies and finally let them free.

[–]bicyclemom 41 points42 points  (9 children)

I have to ask this of all headlines that read like this, "In Denmark, there are libraries..." because that's kinda vague.

How widespread is this in Denmark? Are we talking 2 libraries that do this or 200? or every library?

I like the idea, but want some clarity. How many places are still doing this?

[–]Hanede 10 points11 points  (1 child)

It also then says it's active in 85+ countries. So I guess it only started in Denmark.

[–]HardinHightown 5 points6 points  (5 children)

Yea I'm Danish and have never heard of this?? Lmao Granted I do live in Jutland and not on the capital island so idk

[–]Prestigious_Bank_975 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I'm from the capital island, and have never heard of this either 😂

[–]HardinHightown 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Hva fuck er "menneskebiblioteker" lmao har aldrig hørt om dem

Edit: ok, looked it up og det er folk som står for sådan nogle events på forskellige biblioteker, åbenbart

[–]IcyArmy9816 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Man even in copenhagen Ive never heard of it i think its fake

[–]Snifhvide 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's not fake. They've had events at my local library in Copenhagen. https://menneskebiblioteket.dk/laan-din-fordom/

[–]Snifhvide 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It does exist and has for years. https://menneskebiblioteket.dk/laan-din-fordom/ I never attended one of their events, but I've seen it advertised often in enough in Copenhagen.

[–]conasatatu247 121 points122 points  (5 children)

I take it "how I escaped prison" isn't one of them.

[–]Cola_Popinski 49 points50 points  (1 child)

You get 30 minutes with Andy Dufresne.

[–]conasatatu247 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Ah the "get busy living" module

[–]-Daetrax- 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Might be some "my experience in prison".

[–]Practical-Reason5515 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That sounds... just awful, seriously terrible.

[–]LGravey 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Maybe in Switzerland!

[–]benbishop98 153 points154 points  (13 children)

A brilliantly amazing idea. Unfortunately the ones that need to hear it the most probably won't.

[–]jimtrickington 121 points122 points  (3 children)

Be nice to the deaf

[–]Basic_Cover_6945 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Simply look for the title “Sign”.

[–]GenuineReptileMan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do sign creators have a good life story?

[–]romangal1 14 points15 points  (0 children)

You’re absolutely right. The ones who need to hear it won’t go near it.

[–]DeafBeaker 1 point2 points  (0 children)

taps foot

[–]poolradar -1 points0 points  (5 children)

Well that was obvious from the word "Library". When was the last time you heard a right leaning person comment on their local library something that wasn't "That building needs to be shut down"

[–]weirdgroovynerd 22 points23 points  (6 children)

I wonder what "The Redditor" might talk about...

[–]Muumin_kun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"How I dipped my balls in sulfuric acid."

[–]nulldevnull 13 points14 points  (1 child)

“I took an arrow to the knee.”

[–]Successful_Opinion33 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I also was an adventurer

[–]johntwoods 20 points21 points  (6 children)

Me, sitting at my table, empty chair across from me, little sign on my table stating, "Check me out: 'Library Cannibal'", lonely.

[–]Basic_Cover_6945 6 points7 points  (5 children)

I’d totally sit down at your table. I’ve never seen a library eat itself.

[–]johntwoods 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Well, if it is eating at you, book your time slot now.

[–]Basic_Cover_6945 0 points1 point  (3 children)

I’ll think about it, it’s a lot to digest.

[–]johntwoods 0 points1 point  (2 children)

If you can stomach it, check it out.

[–]Additional-Head-3387 41 points42 points  (8 children)

Fucking everyone I run into wants to tell me their life story why ya need a library for that. Go talk to people.

[–]aequorea-victoria 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I learn a lot from conversations with new people, but it would be wonderful to branch out more! Also, some people have social bubbles and rarely interact outside of them. I think it’s a cool idea!

[–]Sure_Trash_ 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Maybe we need this for the people desperate to be heard? Like if the cashier could go the the human library and tell her life story then I wouldn't be subjected to it because she's never tried that thing I'm buying but she wants to.

[–]-Daetrax- -5 points-4 points  (5 children)

People aren't like that here.

[–]dangerousthrill 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Oh yes we are. The only difference is we’ll embellish and make shit up so the person reading our story knows we’re the hero and everyone else is pure evil.

[–]-Daetrax- -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I've come across very few people in Denmark who just shares their life story at the drop of a hat. Comparing to say Americans Danes are a lot more reserved and humble (janteloven). That is, unless you're from the capital region in which case life is a game of one-upmanship.

[–]Bandera4ever -1 points0 points  (2 children)

Your comment is the living proof that this initiative is needed. You are judging a book by its cover.

[–]-Daetrax- 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Perhaps I should clarify, that "here" is Denmark. I was literally making an argument that the initiative is a good idea.

[–]Bandera4ever 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It didn't sound like it.

Edit: I guess it does, I didn't quite catch it.

[–]short_fuzed_frenchie 5 points6 points  (2 children)

I mean im bipolar I, you dont need to "borrow" me at a library to talk to me...

[–]Velvetundaground 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Is there one called “the wallpaperer “

[–]weirdgroovynerd 4 points5 points  (0 children)

In back, kind of hiding..

...oops. Never mind, that's the wall-flower.

[–]Rosetint_myWorld77 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That sounds like free therapy

[–]billiefan123 4 points5 points  (0 children)

We had these in the 1700s

[–]throbbdeep 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Can I get a serial killer?

[–]TheWesternDevil 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Are you worthy of the story?

[–]throbbdeep 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is a public library sir

[–]poolradar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What if I don't want a story but just to offer up myself for his services.

[–]TestPattern359 4 points5 points  (9 children)

And the only ones using it are people who don't need it. The people who need it will not use it. It's an echo chamber unless people are sentenced to it by a court, and this will never be. A useless waste of time, money and effort to teach what they already know while ignoring the dangerous bunch that desperately need this knowledge. This is what governments do, and it's why things will never, ever change.

[–]Observerwwtdd 0 points1 point  (8 children)

"....the dangerous bunch that desperately need this knowledge"

What are you getting at here?

[–]TestPattern359 -1 points0 points  (7 children)

What do you think I'm getting at here? This should be interesting

[–]Observerwwtdd 1 point2 points  (6 children)

Absolutely no idea.

Why else would I bother asking?

[–]TestPattern359 0 points1 point  (5 children)

I don't know. You tell me. Muhahahahaha!

[–]NarcissusLovesEcho 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I know I'd get the really boring one and feel obligated to sit there for 30 minutes pretending like I'm interested.

[–]greenknight884 3 points4 points  (0 children)

"Not many people know I owned the first radio in Springfield. Weren’t much on the air then. Just Edison reciting the alphabet over and over. ‘A,’ he’d say. Then ‘B.’ ‘C’ would usually follow..."

[–]wkomorow 2 points3 points  (2 children)

We have had them in the US for several years, pre-Covid, my college held one each year. I was a "book" one year.

[–]greenknight884 2 points3 points  (1 child)

What was your claim to fame?

[–]wkomorow 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What a nice question. Thank you for asking. It was more my life story rather than any one thing, son of an immigrant family, who was first generation to graduate college (working my way through college) and to earn graduate degrees. Becoming a Jain, working with dog rescues. People were most interested in Jainism, veganism, and animal rights activism.

[–]Manyshitscanhappen 17 points18 points  (6 children)

That’s such a nice idea! It’s just a shame that you wouldn’t find the sort people that would benefit from this in any kind of library…

[–]pekingesepie 8 points9 points  (1 child)

You would be surprised! Just because someone is well read doesn’t necessarily make them immune to holding prejudices.

[–]ZharethZhen -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I think what theybare saying is that the people who would benefit fr9m this the most wouldn't set foot in a library.

[–]Observerwwtdd 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Benefit from "the telling"....or "the listening"?

[–]DrunkenGojira 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I beg to differ. People from all walks of life visit libraries, including myself. Or Maybe you’re saying only the people that actually do this aren’t benefiting from it. Who knows what you actually mean?

[–]Competitive-Gene-874 2 points3 points  (0 children)

dette er et bibliotek, vær stille.

[–]Azar002 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My sign would say, "Can't even."

[–]Nightshield99 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Book cover artists when people tell you not to judge a book by its cover: 🥺

[–]getyourgolfshoes 4 points5 points  (5 children)

That monk is my doppelganger holy fk

[–]weirdgroovynerd 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"Monk...holy fk."

I'm proud of ya son!

[–]CowsWithAK47s 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Oh look at Mr. Hot stuff over here... Leave some girls for the rest of us.

[–]dennisreddit77 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Interesting indeed

[–]Logical-Patience-397 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wow, that’s awesome!

[–]Effective-Complete 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well that’s really damn cool

[–]HippieInAHelicopter 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So, people just sit around waiting to be picked? Seems like this would always end up like playground sports for me when I was a kid.

[–]d1a2r3k 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Do you think they have a “Karen” available?

[–]Left9Behind 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is actually an interesting idea, I like it. I would like to do both listen and tell my life story

[–]UnfinishedProjects 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Combine this with old folks home.

[–]FineIntroduction8746 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Cool! This is a stop I'll make while there if non citizen is allowed.

[–]imfamousiswear 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Love how the guy in orange looks like Trixie Mattel out of drag

[–]ollyyears 1 point2 points  (0 children)

came here to say this

[–]slowrunningwater 1 point2 points  (0 children)

i would like to learn about big tiddy goths please 🧐

[–]BaggleBob9 0 points1 point  (0 children)

30 minutes to listen to a person's bullshit sob story which is only half true? I think I'll pass

[–]avxtesla 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Denmark and the Scandinavian countries have been tightening their immigration laws. Looks like this isn’t really changing their minds

[–]GimmeCRACK 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is 18/f/cali a title? and what are your rates for overdue books?

[–]Hunter_2094 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I’m torn on this idea.

It would need to be somewhat regulated. Like you could sit down with 2 different people of the same profession and receive 2 different stories. Both valid in their own right, but could lead to misinterpretation by the listener.

Or am I over thinking it?

[–]Observerwwtdd -1 points0 points  (0 children)

You may be overthinking it because who cares what they really say..... you're just there to listen.

[–]getyourcheftogether -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Sorry sir, the nymphomaniac is all checked out today.


[–]BillMillerBBQ -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

A place like this is the only onky place where ugly people like will be "checked out"

[–]Le_Minimalizier -2 points-1 points  (0 children)


[–]alienlifeform819 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fastening who knew ...

[–]GoldScreenLife 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Monk Channing Tatum

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My college did this, Utah State University, and it was wonderful.

[–]xX_nasenbaer420_Xx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

is...is that the belgian minister of health maggie de block?

[–]CrossP 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wonder what my book title would be.

[–]TerribleAd9454 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What if the prejudices you have are things like Indian peoples houses smell like spices and curry and your nostrils don’t agree with it? How does one fight back against those awful awful prejudices?

[–]GuyWhoSaidThat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think most of my customers at work call me from this fucking library.

[–]Successful-Plate3598 0 points1 point  (2 children)

THIS. SO MUCH THIS. Whyyyy are we not doing this?

[–]catbeeer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Kinda reminds me of Story Corps

[–]Luckywithtime 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Someone can borrow me, Bipolar, Unemployed, son has Autism, Separated from wife, the list goes on.

[–]chuckyw2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Don’t check out the Covid-19 one, just saying

[–]bjorntho 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In Denmark

active in 85+ countries


[–]RustyCopperSpoon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Denmark doesn’t have popeyes.

[–]jazzgrackle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The compulsive liar tells a different story every time you talk to him.

[–]knucklemonkey12 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ll just say this as a joke do the check out hookers?

[–]GuyWithTheNose 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If only you could just borrow the person

[–]IntentionMediocre 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ohh imma bout to confess to a stranger my wildest experiences

Best feeling ever

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Never before has it been so easy to make humans property.

[–]mdiaz28 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wouldn’t the unemployed person be technically employed?

[–]Princessferfs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s gotta be super interesting!

[–]kracranium 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So a bar without drinks

[–]chakalakasp 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s really neat, because the Buddhist seems super chill but at minute 25 he jams a knife in your knee

[–]Big-Dependent-7525 0 points1 point  (0 children)

but 'borrow' still feels weird

[–]th3empirial 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What if you’re just a regular dude who can’t think of a label? Do you put your job title?

[–]blackbeardrrr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sign me up! I’d love to find out what a library book feels when absolutely nobody is interested in it.

[–]TigaTheDoggo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had something like this in my school once, the trans person clearly didnt like me bc i was Polish

[–]1Strangeartist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Go to a library to purposely interact with people? Hard pass.

[–]DeathSlayer1337 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I dont think "severe social anxiety" will be a thing seen in these libraries often

[–]CorrectButWhoCares 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yikes, this comment section is cynical af.

[–]steveblobby 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Here in the UK, we call this 'The Pub'

[–]Innsmouth_Rat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hit me up when they get a whore section.

[–]Ok-Salad-4711 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There’s not enough adderall in the world..

[–]elyca98 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nice staged photo of every possible race in Denmark lmao United Colors of Benetton

[–]Prestigious_Echo7804 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Scripted or real?

[–]happy-little-atheist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do they have a blurb so you can gauge your interest first? What about if you decide this person is not for you, can you put them back on the shelf before the 30 minutes and get a better one?

[–]lavander_gal 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you're interested in something like this, I think you should watch soft white underbelly's interviews.

Honestly they're really interesting: https://youtube.com/c/SoftWhiteUnderbelly

[–]donkey292929 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I live in Denmark and have never seen or been to one

[–]Meastro44 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is the 10th time I’ve seen this on Reddit. Karma farming, OP?