2007 Idiot of the Year Silver Medal: The Westchester County (N.Y.) Library

From A Washington Post Blog: The Library won for requiring a grieving daughter to fork over a lousy 50 cents on her dead mother's overdue book. Elizabeth Schaper said she was "stunned" when the clerk insisted she pay up. "I told him that maybe he didn't hear me right, that my mother had just died, otherwise I'm sure that she would have returned it on time. "His only reply was, 'That will be 50 cents.'"