July Theme Of The Month: Great Timing!

Christmas Is Their Cross To Bear

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(It is a few days before Christmas. I am finishing up with a patron. At this point, she has been nice and cheerful.)

Me: “Okay. We will give you a call when the book comes in. Thank you and have a good night!”

Patron: “Aren’t you forgetting something?”

Me: “Um, no. I handed you back your card, didn’t I?”

Patron: “No. You didn’t address me correctly. Try again.”

Me: “…Have a good night, miss?”

Patron: “It is the time of Christ and you did not bless me with a Merry Christmas. What kind of Christian establishment hires such heathens that do not bless their customers with the correct Christian way?”

Me: “Well, honestly, ma’am, this isn’t a Christian establishment. It’s a public library. I apologize for not wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Patron: “Every single place on this Earth is a Christian establishment and until you realize this you are headed straight to Hell. Next time I come in, I expect you to bless me and have a proper Christian attitude. I will take this up with your boss if your behavior continues to trend this way.”

(She stares me down for a few minutes and then leaves. I later find out she did complain to my director and insisted she follow the laws of God by only employing good Christian people!)