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    A Clear And Self-Centered Danger

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    (A couple approaches the information desk while I’m manning it. They are probably in their mid-60s.)

    Me:  “Can I help you find something?”

    Customer:  “Yes, where are your paperbacks by Clancy?”

    Me:  “They’re right over here in fiction; follow me.”

    (They tag along behind me as I lead them the 10 steps over to the fiction wall.)

    Me:  “He’s this whole shelf, and part of the next one.  Was there anything else you were looking for today?”

    Customer:  “Other stuff like him. You know, like Woods, Connelly, and Lescroart.”

    Me:  “Well, they’re all here in fiction too. It’s alphabetical by author, so you can work your way down from here.  Woods is right at the end by the window.”

    Customer:  *peevish* “Why can’t you people just put all the stuff I like together?!”

    (At this point his wife, who has been silent the whole time, chimes in.)

    Customer’s Wife: “Because the world STILL doesn’t revolve around you, dear.” *to me* “His mother has a lot to answer for!”