Hooked On One Ad Only

| London, England, UK | Bizarre, Rude & Risque

(We have a small ad board where patrons can pay to put up notices and adverts. Two eagle-eyed old ladies noticed that such a patron is promoting her psychic hotline while also promoting her other business venture… a massage parlour.)

Old Lady #1: “This is completely unacceptable.”

Library Manager: “I do apologise that this might offend you ladies, but there is nothing I can do.”

Old Lady #2: “We demand you take it down!”

Library Manager: “I’m sorry you feel that way, but we cannot prove that her business isn’t legitimate. She has paid for both notices and they are at opposite ends of the board.”

Old Lady #1: “But she is a fraud!”

Old Lady #2: “She is preying on vulnerable people!”

Library Manager: “One moment, are you referring to just her psychic business?”

Old Ladies: “Yes!”

Library Manager: “And you want just that one taken down?”

Old Ladies: “Yes!”

Old Lady #1: “Look, if she’s a hooker she’s probably not a real psychic…”

This Is What You Regularly Face

| London, England, UK | Bizarre

(A sweet little old lady approaches my information desk.)

Customer: “Hello, love. I am looking for the rates for housing benefit.”

Me: “Certainly. Could I take your postcode?”

Customer: “It’s [postcode].”

Me: “Okay, that’s great. According to the government website, your benefit rate is [amount].”

Customer: “Oh, it’s gone up. Are you sure?”

Me: “It here says that the benefit increased this year.”

Customer: “Right. Well, could I get your name, please, dear?”

Me: “Certainly, it’s [My Name].”

Customer: “And do you work everyday?”

Me: “Actually, I’m part-time so I am only here Monday and Fridays.”

Customer: “Good. So if I find out that this information is wrong, I know when to come in and smash your face in.”

(The lady gathered her things and left. I am still in shock.)

Not Very Closed Minded, Part 10

, | Rexburg, ID, USA | Books & Reading, Crazy Requests

(I’m the supervisor at a university library closing on a Friday night, when we close earlier. We have an irate student come to the desk five minutes before we close.)

Coworker: “How can I help you?”

Student: “I didn’t know you guys closed early on Fridays. I need you to stay open for me!”

Coworker: “Our hours are posted, and we don’t have the power to keep the library open.”

Student: “You don’t know anything! I want to speak to your supervisor!”

(I step in at this point.)

Me: “What can I do for you?”

Student: “I just started a test! I need you guys to stay open for another hour!”

Me: “Unfortunately, we don’t have the power to keep the library open past hours.”

Student: “You just don’t know you can do something! Well, I’m going to stay, whether open or closed!”

(The student stormed off, and security escorted him out at closing.)

Related:
Not Very Closed Minded, Part 9
Not Very Closed Minded, Part 8
Not Very Closed Minded, Part 7

Should Have Eaten Fear For Breakfast

| Portsmouth, VA, USA | Bizarre, Food & Drink, Rude & Risque

(An older male patron has started insisting that I (a young female) offer to buy him lunch earlier in the week. Every following day he would whisper a reminder in the form of a food order as he passed the reference desk.)

Me: “Good afternoon, sir”

Patron: “Chicken salad… Chicken Salad.”

Me: *nods head, a little creeped out*

(A patron walks past a few hours later to leave.)

Patron: *intensely whispers* “Two hotdogs from Dairy Queen.”

(They say nothing else. Later, I turn to my coworker:)

Me: “Why is it always me?”

Coworker: “They smell the fear… or your lunch.”

Those Kids And Their Googles

| NC, USA | Bizarre, Food & Drink, Technology

(The phone rings.)

Me: “Hello, circulation desk; how may I help you?”

Caller: “Yes, I was wondering if you could tell me what temperature I need to cook this turkey at?”

Me: “Ma’am, you realize this is a library, correct?”

Caller: “Yes, but can’t you use that Google thing the kids are talking about?”

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