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Library bans workers from drinking water at desks because it is unprofessional

By Mason White 5:00 PM October 18, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) People got together in protest of a library policy that bans workers from drinking at their desks or in plain view of patrons.

The North Shore Library in Wisconsin, has a new policy, which limits where their employees can drink water.

The library director said that this was done to help the image of the library. Some workers quit their job because of this policy.

Many community members including the mayor of Glendale, signed a petition requesting the library to change the strict policy.

Kathy Manning defended the policy and said that they have received complaints from patrons who came up to the desk while an aid was drinking water and they had to wait until the worker was done drinking.

Jerry Locke, whose wife quit her job at the library and had since found work elsewhere, pointed out that even presidential candidates drink water on national television and therefore, the library should not make an issue out of it.

“We are trying to improve the image of the North Coast Library,” Manning said.

The mayor of Glendale, said that since the signing of the petition, he went to the library and found there was no violation of the rights of employees as people with medical needs are allowed to drink as needed.

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