RACINE — A Racine court commissioner has received a gift from the other side of the country on behalf of “all the library patrons on the face of the earth.”
That came in the mail after he banned a man from every library on the planet earlier this month.
Tyree S. Carter, 20, was in court March 14 after he was allegedly caught openly masturbating in the Racine Public Library, 75 Seventh St. He was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior and disorderly conduct.
As a condition of his bond, Court Commissioner John Bjelajac told Carter to “stay out of all the libraries on the face of the earth.”
Within a few days the story was picked up by media around the country.
Then, this Wednesday Bjelajac said he received a box of chocolates in the mail from Concord, Calif. It came along with a note that said, “Thank you from all the library patrons on the face of the earth.”
He cannot accept gifts like that in his capacity as a court commissioner, so he said, “I turned it over to my secretary and let her enjoy the chocolates.”
Over the last several years, Bjelajac has banned other people from certain establishments all over the “the face of the earth.” Particularly, he does that for shoplifters, banning them from all Walmart stores or all Kohl’s stores as a condition of their bond, he said.
For this case, he again used the signature phrase. “Then of course it went viral,” he said.
In Bjelajac’s approximately 30 years as a Racine County court commissioner, he said the box of chocolates from California was a first.
As for Carter, he is due back in court April 11 for a pre-trial conference.