Lost my library card, visit library as I was Passing and thought to myself get a replacement as I had time to kill. Goes to counter joins queue behind a gentleman dressed in a fetching 80's style shell suit. Watch pantomime as with gestures and broken English, some french and german said gents applys for a card, His only proof of id a polish passport, no proof of residence(Rent book,Gas bill etc.) and is promptly given card. He now has the ability to walk out of the library with up to 14 items of books ,DVDs,CDs or computer games. I stepped up presented my items for return and paid my fines, I only get to go once a month so as they have a three week lending period I just take it on the chin. Explain I have lost my card, "not a problem sir, can I just have your name" . Give my name and then confirm the address and my date of Birth. She then brings up a list of all the outstanding items and totals up my fines. I return my items and pays my fines. I then ask to be issued a new card and get asked for id, produce my SIA license as its got a photo on it, 3 bank cards in my name and my council/Police id card which gets me into the town cctv and police station to be told I needed something with my address on. Pointed out that she was happy enough to confirm my address to pay my fines, and that the Polish fellow had'nt had to go through this palaver. I am then told that immigrants are given some leeway as they may have trouble integrating. How messed up is that?