- "Easley Residents Shocked to Discover Gay Cruising in Public Restrooms," by Rob Taylor, Greenville Dragnet, 28 May 2010. SafeLibraries is recommended here, so thank you, Rob Taylor, for alerting people.
Call me jaded but I’m really not shocked by this. I’d be more shocked if you could find a men’s room in a library where there weren’t guys rubbing one out.
Libraries aren’t safe places for children to be alone, and sex in the bathroom is just the tip of the iceberg as to why. The blog Safe Libraries should be required reading for every parent.
- "Craigslist Cruiser Arrested in Easley, SC," by Trench Reynolds, Crime News; There Are No Shades of Grey, 28 May 2010.
If you're planning on using the mens room at the Easley, South Carolina public library you may want to take some hand sanitizer with you as it seems to be a popular attraction for the craigslist cruisers.
Police there arrested one 46-year-old James Michael Stewart after he allegedly posted an ad seeking anonymous sex in the library's rest room.
- "Police: Man Used Craigslist To Solicit Sex At Library; Undercover Officer Meets Suspect In Restroom," by WYFF4.com, WYFF NBC4, 27 May 2010.
EASLEY, S.C. -- Easley police arrested a man Wednesday who they said was using Craigslist to request sex acts at the local library.
Easley Police Chief Danny Traber said that a library patron saw the ad on Craigslist and called the library director Allison Anderson to report it.
Police said the patron then said, “By the way, I responded to the ad and the guy is already there.”
Click for more public library bathroom crimes, for those interested.
The above Craigslist crime occurred at the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library, Easley, SC, named after Captain Kimberly Hampton. "Captain Kimberly Hampton, a native of Easley, SC, was killed on January 2, 2004 when her OH-58 Kiowa Warrior observation helicopter was attacked near the Iraqi town of Fallujah, west of Baghdad. .... Captain Kimberly Hampton is the first female combat pilot killed by enemy fire in United States history."
On this Memorial Day 2010 weekend, I thought it appropriate to honor the memory of Captain Kimberly Hampton. And thank you, Easley, SC, for naming a public library after a real heroine. Everyone please visit U.S. Department of Defense Community Relations on how to help troops and their families.
NOTE ADDED 10 APRIL 2012:
To my many readers visiting this blog post from all over the world and making it one of my more popular pages by searching for "gay cruising" or by directly linking from other sites, I have a special treat for you. Gay cruising in public school libraries!!! Hey, if the school's library director has no comment, and the student Attorney General says who cares, why not, right? Here's a map to the UNC Davis Library. Have fun:
- "UNC Davis Library of Gay Cruising," 9 April 2012.