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Fri, 25 May 2018 15:32:16 -0400
Jeff Cabral <[log in to unmask]>
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Yes, interesting feedback that you received. I remember asking at the  
time I first got his letter and other libraries in Maine had  
definitely received them as well.

I think the first letter from Mr. Padilla I received many, many months  
ago mentioned he was in prison, or I was able to determine it by the  
number in the return address, and was able to find out more about him.

I have answered about 5 of his letters, each with multiple requests  
for information, and yes - all over the place - from philosophy to law  
to music (discographies, lyrics, etc etc).  I figured I was putting  
some good karma out there.

I have 2 more from him somewhere in a pile on my desk waiting to be answered.


Jeff Cabral
Library Director
McArthur Public Library
270 Main Street
PO Box 346
Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 284-4181
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Quoting Mexico Maine Library <[log in to unmask]>:

> Good afternoon all,
> I'm writing to spread some news about a request for information I received
> today from Jason Padilla in Victoria TX. The handwritten letter asks what
> the policy is for responding to out-of-state requests for information,
> claims that this individual does not have access to the internet, and their
> local library is not answering requests by mail. Then, he lists three
> (bizarre) questions he'd like me to respond to.
> I'm sure that sounds strange to you as well.
> So, I called to Victoria Library and spoke with their Director. Mr. Padilla
> is currently in jail and has been sending letters like these all over the
> country. They cannot make direct contact with him to find out why he sends
> requests the way he does, but she shared with me that she's been telling
> people to ignore them, and that it has been going on for some time now. (She
> has no idea how he's getting the addresses.)
> So, in an effort to spread the word, please disregard requests you might
> receive from this individual. (The return address provided on the envelope
> doesn't mention a jail at all.)
> Have a great weekend, and thank you for taking the time to read this
> message.
> Heather Rogers
> Director
> Mexico Public Library
> 134 Main St.
> Mexico, ME 04257
> Phone: 207-364-3281