As spring cleaning approaches, a good rule of thumb is to always check every pocket, secret compartment, or between the pages of anything you donate. You never know what was once hidden and long forgotten.
For example, in 2021 in Florida, a Salvation Army employee found $20,000 in the pocket of a free jacket. In a terrifying turn, a a live pomegranate was found in a donated chest of drawers in North Carolina. And, News Feed has a comprehensive list of weird and unusual things volunteers have found in donated items.
This rule also applies to books, as demonstrated by the Tiktoks created by an independent bookstore owner in the West Michigan area.
Nicole L., or @bettiespages on Tiktok, owns a small independent bookstore in Lowell, MI by the same name: Bettie’s Pages. The store focuses on building community, lifting marginalized voices and supporting readers of all ages, she said. website.
Lately, with all the news about the book ban, she shared a series of videos on the topic of, “Books you should read because they don’t want you to.” For example:
However, she recently shared her many discoveries in the used books that make their way to her store.
She reviews the most common things that she finds. Things like bookmarks, receipts, concert ticket stubs, and random brochures. But, in an accompanying video, she goes over the…let’s call them juicier find :
1. A Letter to a Cop
The first is a letter dated July 30, 1991, to a cop thanking them for not arresting the writer for stealing items from Meijer. Did they ever send the letter? Was the given book from the cop the letter was addressed to? We do not know.
2. A weird memo about Andy
The second is what looks like a memo written on a blank piece of paper that reads, “Andy said I’m one of the only people in the entire department he can trust.” It looks like an opening scene from an episode of The Office. Speaking of which, check out Andy’s biggest panics below:
3. An idea for a thriller (We Hope)
Written on half a notebook page, this has the potential to be the most disturbing. We can only hope this is just a quick idea for a novel or TV show. The page says: “(name scribbled) used to stand over corpses as a homicide detective. Standing over murder victims, HIS murder victims, was a whole different story. As she wakes up with blood on her hands, she struggles to accept that she, who sacrificed a personal life for a career catching criminals, could be a criminal, the worst kind, a killer.
Nicole adds that this is a book she would read and I agree. I’m already intrigued.
4. The “Agreement”
Be warned: this contains adult content.
The most disconcerting discovery has to be this printed contract… of company. If you are unable to read the screenshot, the contract, typed in a scripted font, reads:
Remember that this is not an offer of prostitution. It would be breaking the law. No additional tipping is required unless you choose to do so. All money exchanged on this date is for my time and company only. Anything that may occur during our scheduled time period is considered my personal time and is a matter of personal choice between two consenting adults of legal age and is not contracted or asked to be contracted or compensated in any way. whether it be. Prostitution is illegal in the state of Michigan.
It ends with a box allowing the reader to sign his initials.
Consider my jaw on the floor. It definitely makes you want to browse the books you’re about to donate (or even the used books you just bought). See his full video below:
If you love books and are in the West Michigan area, follow Nicole on Tiktok for book recommendations, challenges, and more. Or stop by his physical store in Lowell. Find the address and opening hours for Bettie’s Pages here.
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