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Not Rushing To Fall Into His Class

, , , , | Learning | June 24, 2019

(I’m a junior in college, and I work at the bookstore. It’s the first week of classes, known as “fall rush,” and we are swamped. To help streamline this, we offer online ordering, where a student inputs their classes and we collect the books for them to pick up in store. There are three or four of us doing that, while everyone else is on the sales floor. Our store manager has told those of us who are working on these to direct questions from customers to someone else on the sales floor, so that we can focus on the task at hand. I’m working on one of these when I hear a throat clear behind me. There’s an older man glaring at me.)

Me: “Hello! What can I help you with?”

Man: “I’m Dr. [Man], and I teach [course I’ve never heard of]. Now, the textbooks for my class are usually right here. But they’re not here. Why is that? Where are my books?”

Me: “I’m really not sure, sir. But I can go grab our textbook manager and she can help you–”

Man: “No, I don’t want to talk to someone else. I want you to find my books now.”

(I see our textbook manager across the store, so I wave her over.)

Me: “Sir, I’m not familiar with your course or textbooks, but–”

Man: “You should be familiar with my course! It’s very important!”

Me: “Sir, I do apologize, but I’m running online orders right now. But our textbook manager–”

Man: “NO! You will help me!”

Textbook Manager: “No, sir, I will help you. Now, you said the book was for [Class]?”

Man: *huffs* “Millennials.” *glares at me* “I hope you never take one of my classes.”

Me: “Don’t worry; I won’t.”

Man: “EXCUSE ME?!”

Textbook Manager: “That’s it. Your course textbooks are over there.” *points* “Now, stop hassling my employees and leave.”

(The old man walks out, muttering to himself.)

Textbook Manager: “Why don’t you finish that order and go to lunch?”

Me: “Thank you!”

(I graduated from college several years ago, but that bookstore job is still my favorite!)

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