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    Vaguely Unfamiliar

    | South Dakota, USA | Top

    Customer: “I am looking for one of those things that are like a book, but not a book.”

    Me: “Do you mean a magazine?”

    Customer: “No, no. It is like a book, but not a book.”

    Me: *speechless*

    Customer: “You know! A book thing, but not a book.”

    (After the customer tries to explain this object to me for about 10 minutes, my coworker comes back from lunch.)

    Coworker: “What seems to be the problem here?”

    Customer: “I asked your coworker if you have those things that are like books but not books, but she is too simple to understand.”

    Coworker: “You mean a magazine?”

    Customer: “No! Is it so hard to just find one of those things? I thought this was a bookstore!”

    (Overhearing us, my manager tries to help.)

    Manager: “Is there a problem?”

    Customer: “I am looking for a thing that is like a book, but not a book.”

    Manager: “Well, let’s go look for it…”

    (My manager ended up leading the customer all around the store, pointing out every thing we had. The thing that was like a book but not a book? A bookmark.)