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    Extremely Dis-concert-ing

    | Phoenix, AZ, USA |

    Me: “Thank you for calling [Library]. How my I be of assistance?”

    Caller: “Yeah, my son said he wanted to check out some CDs. Do you guys have CDs?”

    Me: “Of course. Can you tell me what type of CD he’s looking for?”

    Caller: “What do you mean?”

    Me: “I mean is he looking for audio books, computer games, music?”

    Caller: “I don’t understand.”

    Me: “I’m sorry, let me be more clear. Did he want–”

    Caller: “No, I mean I don’t understand what you said before.”

    Me: “I was just asking if you knew what type of CD he was looking for. Like audio books, or music, or–”

    Caller: “Wait, what’s that?”

    Me: “What’s what?”

    Caller: “That thing you just said.”

    Me: “What, music?”

    Caller: “Yeah, what’s that?”

    Likely To Cause IRE (Ironic Resourceful Ethics)

    | New Orleans, LA, USA |

    (I am working near a copy station, and a woman comes up with a large stack of papers.)

    Customer: “Do you have any zip ties to bind this with?”

    Me: “Sure, here.”

    (As she binds the papers, I see the word “Ethics” on the first page.)

    Me: “Oh, is this for an Ethics class?”

    Customer: “Yes! I didn’t want to pay for the book, so I photocopied it. Do you think the professor is going to like how resourceful I am?”

    Me: “I’m sure you’ll have a very lively discussion about it.”

    Caught Calling The Kettle Black

    | Australia |

    (Note: ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ has just been released at the cinema. When movies come out, the book usually sky rockets in popularity.)

    Me: “Good morning, how can I help you today?”

    Patron: “Hi, I was wondering if you have a copy of Where The Wild Things Are?”

    Me: “I’m sure we do, but I have to warn you that since it has just come out at the movies, there will probably be a waiting list.”

    (I look up the book, and sure enough there are 12 reservations)

    Me: “I’m sorry, there are currently 12 reservations in place. I can put you down for a reservation but you probably won’t get it for another 4-6 months.”

    Patron: “What? That’s ridiculous! It’s such an old book. Why are people suddenly interested?”

    Me: “Well, when a movie is made out of a book, people are suddenly interested in reading the book.”

    Patron: “That’s stupid. I don’t see why they should want to read it just because the movie has come out.”

    Me: “Why did you want to read it?”

    Patron: “Because the movie has just come out!”

    Reading Empty Minds

    | West Midlands, UK | Top

    (Our library helps a lot of people finish off the crossword puzzles from their newspapers. I’d helped one man find the answer to a very difficult one earlier in the day. I overhear a lady asking her about the same crossword to my colleague.

    Me: “Excuse me, the answer is ‘Salome’.”

    Colleague: “Thanks, that fits perfectly.”

    Customer: “But…no, how can she know? She wasn’t even here!”

    Me “I overheard you from-”

    Customer: “No! You read my mind didn’t you! That’s wonderful, do it again! What am I thinking about now?”

    (She looks around the library. I notice her eyes linger on a Superman poster.)

    Me: “Um…Superman?”

    Customer: “F***!”

    Colleague: “Ma’am, please don’t curse in the library.”

    Customer:: “Oh, sorry.” *to me* “Did you hear me swear in my thoughts? Is that how you knew?”

    Me: “No, you just shouted it.”

    Customer: “Oh. That’s a shame.”

    Geographically Incontinent

    | Maryland, USA |

    Me: “Public library, how may I help you?”

    Caller: “Hi, I have kind of a dumb question.”

    Me: “Oh, well, what’s your question?”

    Caller: “I need to know what the seven continents are.”

    Me: “Oh, that’s not a dumb question. Why don’t you tell me which ones you know and I’ll tell you which ones you’re missing.”

    Caller: “Okay, thanks. Let’s see…North America, South America, Asia, Africa, France, Italy…”

    Me: “Whoa, hold up. France and Italy aren’t continents.”

    Caller: “Really?”

    Me: “You said North America, South America, Asia, Africa…the ones you’re missing are Europe, Antarctica…”

    Caller: *writing this down* “Okay…”

    Me: “…and Australia.”

    Caller: “Oh yeah! Austria! Okay, thanks so much.”

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