Missing stuff – the power of spooky headlines

Cortez writes “Folks in Portland are missing some library items – 18,786 to be exact – yes, that sounds bad but how big is their total collection? I have trouble finding a pair of socks.
Here’s The Story
All 17 branches will now store the most easily taken items — DVDs and CDs — behind the checkout counter. At the three largest branches, systems already in place meant to deter thieves have been disabled by library personnel — after repeated malfunction.
Ginny Cooper, the former library director, said she unplugged the magnetic security gates six years ago and stopped hiding magnetic sensors in most of the library’s collection because there were so many false alarms.”