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Not Thinking Outside The Police Box

| Phoenix, AZ, USA | Geeks Rule, Movies & TV

(Our bookstore has its own TARDIS that we use to display Doctor Who and other science fiction books and toys on. The following conversation between one of our booksellers and an indignant customer recently happened:)

Customer: “Why do you have a police box in your store?”

Bookseller: “It’s from the show Doctor Who.”

Customer: *blank look* “I am unfamiliar with that.”

Bookseller: “It’s a British science fiction show.”

Customer: *haughtily* “Aren’t you afraid of the implications?”

Bookseller: “Ma’am?”

Customer: “That you are misleading people. What if someone had an actual emergency and needed to call the police? And all you have this fake police phone box.”

Bookseller: “We have actual telephones. And everyone here could easily dial 911 on their cells.”

Customer: “You’re lying to people.”

Employee: “It’s a British phone box from the 1960s. Even if it worked, all we’d get were British police from the 1960s and they’d have to come a very long way. Or we might get the Doctor.”

Customer: “Who?”

Employee: “Yes.”

This Customer Is The Opposite Of Manna From Heaven

| Fort Wayne, IN, USA | Religion

(My store exclusively sells religious books and gift items, such as posters. One of the posters depicts a funny fictional scene from The Old Testament: while Israelites catch manna falling from the sky in their mouths, one guy chokes in disgust. A bird flying overhead implies that he caught something much less pleasant than heavenly bread.)

Customer: “What is this?”

Me: “Oh, that’s an example of some of the posters we have for sale. That manna one is the most popular. People get a big kick out of it.”

Customer: “I can’t believe you would have a poster like this! How offensive!”

(This is the first time I’ve ever heard a customer complain about this particular poster. Most people chuckle when they walk past it.)

Me: “I’m sorry?”

Customer: “You should be! It’s disrespectful to one of the great patriarchs!”

Me “You mean Moses? He’s not the choking guy in the poster. He’s standing off to the side, see?”

Customer: “No! This entire poster is disrespectful! What a disgrace that you hang it in a Christian store!”

Me: “Well, can I help you find something else that’s more tasteful?”

Customer: “No, but you can get me your manager!”

Me: “The manager? Why?”

Customer: “I demand that this poster be taken down immediately! It’s so offensive!”

Me: “Ma’am, the manager is really busy right now. I’ll be happy to tell her later that—”

Customer: “Get her out here NOW!”

(I go drag the manager away from her phone conference and bring her out. The customer repeats her complaints about the poster.)

Manager: “I’m sorry you feel that way, ma’am, but the poster is one of the best-selling—”

Customer: “I demand that you take it down right now!”

Manager: “The poster is—”

Customer: “If you don’t take it down right now, I’ll never shop here again! You’ll lose all the money I spend at this store! I am a VERY loyal customer and come here all the time!”

(The manager rolled her eyes and took the poster down. Without even so much as a ‘thank you,’ the customer walked away in a huff. She didn’t buy anything… and we never saw her again after that. So much for that ‘loyal customer’!)

Not Always Right: The Comic – He Fought The Law & The Law Won

| Concord, CA, USA | Awesome Customers, Not Always Right: The Comic - He Fought The Law & The Law Won


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Deathly Out Of Touch

| San Francisco, CA, USA | Bizarre, Books & Reading, Crazy Requests

(A woman walks up to my counter.)

Customer: “Hi. I’m looking for the Necronomicon.” *a book that supposedly teaches you how to summon spirits*

Me: “I think we have a copy over here.”

(I take her over to the section, find the book, and pull it out for her.)

Me: “Here it is!”

Customer: *looks suspiciously at the book* “Do you have any other copies? You touched that one!”

Me: “Um, yes, there is another copy on the shelf.”

Customer: “Good! And that one hasn’t been touched by human hands?”

Me: “…I’m pretty sure it has been touched, but it’s still shrink wrapped.”

Customer: “No, that won’t do. Are you sure you don’t have another copy that hasn’t been touched?”

Me: “No, ma’am, I’m pretty sure all of our books have been touched by human hands.”

Customer: “Darn. Well, call me if you get an untouched copy.” *leaves without giving me a phone number*

It’s Not The Book That’s Bad For Society

| NE, USA | Books & Reading, Crazy Requests

(As I’m processing a return, the customer leans forward and begins talking quietly to me.)

Customer: “So, are there books that your store won’t sell?”

Me: *confused* “Well, if the book is rare or very old we sometimes can’t stock them.”

Customer: “No, like, are there books you won’t sell because the government thinks they’re bad for society?”

Me: “Um, I don’t think so…”

Customer: “Do you have a list of the books that you won’t sell? Because the government doesn’t want you to?”

Me: “…No.”