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A-B-C, Easy As D-U-H

| Massachusetts, USA | Uncategorized

Customer: “Hey, can you help me find this book?”

Me: “Sure.”

(He holds up a piece of paper with the title and author of a book on it. I find it on the shelves and hand it to him.)

Customer: “Thanks! How’d you do that so fast?”

Me: “Well, I’ve worked here awhile, and the books are all in alphabetical order by author’s name.”

Customer: “What do you mean?”

Me: “Alphabetical order. Like the alphabet song? You know, A’s before B’s?”

(He looks confused, but then widens his eyes.)

Customer: “The letters actually go in that order? I thought that song was just to remember them all!”

A Major Problem With A Minor Request

| Brooklyn, NY, USA | Uncategorized

Me: “Good afternoon, [bookstore]!”

Caller: “Hi, I have to do a project where I read to kids and they respond. Do you have that?”

Me: “You need a book to read to them? Sure! We have plenty of children’s books.”

Caller: “No, I need to read to kids and have them respond.”

Me: “Right, we have plenty of books you could chose from to read to them.”

Caller: “No, I need to read to kids and have them respond.”

Me: “So what exactly is it that you need from us?”

Caller: “Can I do that there?”

Me: “Well, we don’t provide the children.”

Caller: *disappointed* “Oh, okay. Bye.”

The Twilight Of Our Literacy

| Exton, PA, USA | Uncategorized

Me: “Hi, how can I help you today?”

Customer: “I’m going on a 25 hour plane ride, and I was just trying to find something to read.”

Me: “Okay, what kind of books do you read?”

Customer: “Young adult stuff, like romance stuff.  OH!  Or something with vampires.”

(I walk her over to the young adult section.  And show her a series with vampires. There are six books in the series and each book is quite small–not even 200 pages.)

Me: “Well, you might like this series. They’re easy books to read, but really good. I’ve read them.”

Customer: *flips through book* “It seems boring.”

Me: “Oh. Well, I can assure you it’s not.  They are quite action-packed.”

Customer: “I mean it looks wordy. Like, there’s a lot of words in it.”

Me: “Well, yeah…most books have words in them.”

Customer: “Hmm…I’ll think about it.”

(She ended up buying 3 teen magazines.)

A Revelatory Thought

| San Diego, CA, USA | Uncategorized

Customer: “Excuse me, I have an important question.”

Me: “Sure, what can I help you with?”

Customer: “You know a lot about the Bible, right?”

Me: “Well, not everything entirely.”

Customer: “Okay. Can you tell me what part of the Bible does Narnia come in?”

Rejection Incognito

| New York, NY, USA | Uncategorized

(A young boy walks in. It is February.)

Me: “Hello, is there something I can help you find today?”

Customer: “Hi, do you remember me?”

Me: “No, sir, not really.”

Customer: “C’mon, you’re going to tell me you don’t remember me? Remember, I came during the summer! Oh, I know why!” *takes off hat* “How about now?”

Me: “Sorry, still nothing. Is there anything I can help you find though?”

Customer: “No, I just came in to see if you remembered me.” *walks out dejected*

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