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    Category: Books & Reading

    Caused by stupid customers who know how to read (and often those who don’t!), feel for the poor librarians or book store clerks who are often tasked with finding a book solely by the color of its cover.

    Cinnamon Puns

    | North Bay, ON, Canada | Books & Reading, Funny Names, Language & Words, Top

    Customer: “Our daughter is looking for a book called Antonyms and Cinnamons.”

    (I type it into our search system, but no dice.)

    Me: “Would you know the author’s name?”

    Customer: “No, I forget. It was something weird though. She wrote it down, but I forget.”

    Me: “Might you mean Antonyms and Synonyms?”

    Customer: “Yes! That’s it!”

    (I search again.)

    Me: “Nothing with that exact title is coming up. Was there more to it?”

    Customer: “The author’s name. It was something funny. Sounded like a dinosaur. Wait, I think I might have it here.”

    (She searches through her pockets and fishes out a little folded piece of paper.)

    Customer: “Here it is. Antonyms and Cinnamons by Theo Saurus!’”

    Pay The Price And Face The Music

    | Langley, BC, Canada | Books & Reading, Musical Mayhem

    (A customer is placing an order for sheet music over the phone.)

    Me: “How may I help you?”

    Customer: “I need books.”

    Me: “What are you looking for?”

    (The customer lists off three more items, all of which need to be ordered).

    Me: “I can order those for you. However, the store requires a full deposit on sheet music orders.”

    Customer: “Okay. How much is the last book? The Three Sonatas?”

    (The Three Sonatas is a collection of various sonatas by a specific composer.)

    Me: “$34.95.”

    Customer: “I just need one, though.”

    Me: “Unfortunately they’re not printed separately. It’s only available in this collection.”

    Customer: “It’s too expensive.”

    Me: “Then you don’t want me to order it?”

    Customer: “I need it.”

    Me: “So I’ll order it.”

    Customer: “No.”

    Me: “No?”

    Customer: “I need it. But you give me a discount.”

    Me: “Pardon?”

    Customer: “You order book. I’ll cut out the music I want, and pay discount.”

    Never Judge A DVD By Its Cover

    | USA | Books & Reading, Movies & TV

    Customer: “Hey, what movie did that other customer just turn in?”

    Me:Book of Eli. Would you like to rent it?”

    Customer: “A book? No, I don’t want no book. I hate reading!”

    Me: “No, I’m sorry. Book of Eli is the title of the movie.”

    Customer: “I don’t like books.”

    Customer’s friend: “It’s not a book, it’s a movie.”

    Customer: “Well, I bet it’s based on a book, and I hate books!”

    Try Not To Read Too Much Into It

    | Winchester, UK | Books & Reading, Family & Kids, Funny Names, Holidays, Top

    (A six or seven year old boy comes into the children’s bookstore, his mother trailing behind him.)

    Mother: “Go on then! Ask! She won’t know what you’re talking about and then you can stop wasting my time!”

    Boy: “Hello!”

    Me: “Hello.”

    Boy: “I want a book.”

    Me: “Well you’re in the right place.”

    Boy: “It’s about a boy. Who lives with a caveman. He’s got a funny name beginning with ‘S’.”

    Mother: “There. Now you know there’s no such book.”

    Me: “That wouldn’t be ‘Stig of the Dump’ would it?”

    Boy: *jumping up and down* “Yes yes yes! I told you mummy!”

    Mother: “Don’t contradict me in front of my son!” *starts walking her son out of the shop and still talking to me* “You read too many books!”

    Taking Their Sweet Time

    | Tacoma, WA, USA | Books & Reading, Funny Names, Top

    Customer: “I’m looking for a book called Like Watery Chocolate For Chocolately Water or something.”

    Me:Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel?”

    Customer: “Um…no…it’s by this Mexican author.”

    Me: “Yes, Laura Esquivel. The book is Like Water For Chocolate.”

    Customer: “No, it has all these recipes in it.”

    Me: “Yes. Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel.’

    Customer: “No it has like this blue cover.”

    Me: “Yes. Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. I can take you right to it, ma’am.”

    Customer: “No, that’s not it! They’re making a movie out of it!”

    Me: “Yes, ma’am. The book is Like Water For Chocolate.”

    Customer: “No! Oh, you’re just no help at all!” *stomps off*

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