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Parking Mad

, , , | Right | January 18, 2021

I’m a shelver at a public library. Unlike most of the libraries in the area, our parking lot has meters. This is the city’s decision, not the library’s, but that doesn’t stop people from complaining to the staff about it.

I’m shelving in the children’s section when I overhear this happening.

Little Kid: “Mommy, I don’t wanna go! I wanna stay!”

Mom: “I know, honey, but Mommy doesn’t have more money to put in the parking meter.”

As they walk out of the children’s section, she announces loudly:

Mom: “That’s why we don’t come here very often! [Nearby Town #1] doesn’t have parking meters at the library… [Nearby Town #2] doesn’t have them… only [Our Town]!”

It was definitely the most passive-aggressive complaint I’ve heard yet. The funny thing is that when I mentioned it to the children’s librarians later, they hadn’t even noticed her!