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    Much Ado About Nothing

    | Iowa, USA |

    Library patron: “How much is this book?”

    Me: “Well, according to the price on the back it looks like it costs about $27.00. However, the actual price may vary depending on where you buy it.”

    Library patron: “Wow, that is a lot of money.”

    Me: “Yea, kind of.”

    Library patron: “Okay, well…I’ll take it,”

    Me: “Okay, I will need your library card and I can check it out to you.”

    Library patron: “Oh, I want to write a check.”

    Me: “Ma’am, we don’t sell books here. This is a library, so you borrow them.”

    Library patron: “So you are not going to sell me this book?”

    Me: “No, but I will gladly let you check it out if you have a library card.”

    Library patron: “What kind of store is this?”

    Me: “It isn’t a store…it’s a library.”

    Library patron: “So you really won’t sell me this book?”

    Me: “No, I cannot sell you that book.”

    Library patron: “Fine! I’ll take my money elsewhere!”

    Me: “Nice doing business with you!”