A recent New York Times article about book thefts has the online community atwitter about one mysterious Boulder author accused of feeling a little too entitled to the fruits of his labor.
In taking a national snapshot of the shoplifting problem, the Times story cut to Boulder, where "one writer was even busted stealing his own books." The Times, which didn't name the author, talked to Christopher Ohman, who was manager of the Boulder Book Store at the time.
"I think he felt somewhat entitled to the copies," Ohman told the Times, conceding that the author's alcohol problem might also have led to the attempted theft.
"In some ways, I can kind of understand that logic," he said. "I mean, it's a commonly held misconception that authors get as many copies of their books as they want, and that's not always the case."
Scott Foley, who is now the floor manager for the Boulder Bookstore, wouldn't disclose the name of the thieving author but said his attempt to swipe his own tome has become an infamous story told during security training for new bookstore employees.
"We have a series of video and camera shots we show them, and he happens to be on that list," Foley said.
The attempted theft happened a few years ago, and store managers said the author was never prosecuted. Boulder police didn't recall the specific attempted theft.
"Usually authors come in and ask how their book is doing and if we have it on hand," Foley said, adding that authors also frequently come in to buy their books.
The mystery of who the author might be has intrigued readers on gawker.com, a popular gossip blog, where one writer on Monday posed the question: "What drunk Boulder, Colorado author tried stealing his own book?"
"Drunk. Boulder. Author. Could be anyone," one reader commented in response.