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    How to have different late fine for first hour vs rest of hours

    • Article Type: General
    • Product: Aleph
    • Product Version: 18.01

    We are setting up a laptop loan system. The laptops would be cataloged and lent out similarly to the way reserve items are lent out.

    Say the loan is for 4 hours, we would like to have the late fees calculated the following way:

    10 minutes grace period
    $5 flat rate for being late during the first hour
    + additional $2 per hour starting only after the first hour - regardless of whether the library is open.

    Is this possible?

    I can get this far in tab16, but cannot determine how to change the fine for a 'first hour' vs subsequent hours....

    col10 = 0010 (grace: 00 hours / 10 minutes)
    col11 = 04800 (48 / 24 = $2 per hour)
    col14 = 3 (Total hours Fine Method)
    col25 = 05.0000000 ($5 fixed fine added)

    What you are proposing would give you a $7 rate during the first hour. If, instead, you specify:

    col25 = 03.0000000 ($3 fixed fine added)

    that will give you a $5.00 fine (2.00 + 3.00) during the first hour.

    Note: as described in KB 16384-30497 the grace period takes precedence over the fixed fine -- which is, as I understand it, what you would want.

    util f/2/10 can be used to check overdue fine calculation.

    • Article last edited: 10/8/2013