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So Bizarre You’ll Fall Out Of Your Chair

, , , , | Right | May 2, 2019

(I work in a library. A middle-aged woman approaches the desk.)

Patron: “I was in the computer lab the other day, and I brought a big folding chair. I left it behind. Is it in your lost and found?”

Me: “I can check, but I doubt it would be there. Let me check the lab.”

Patron: *already growing irate* “I already checked in there.”

Me: “Okay, I’ll check our lost and found, but I didn’t see any chairs when I came in.”

Patron: “So that means somebody stole it. Great.”

(She’s so rude that, by this point, I just want to get rid of her. I go to the back room and, sure enough, the only chairs we have are ones that the library owns.)

Me: “I didn’t see it back there.”

Patron: *even more irritated than before* “Okay, so where would it go?”

Me: “I don’t know.”

(Honestly, who brings a CHAIR to a library and forgets to take it home?)

Patron: *demanding* “Who was cleaning that night?”

Me: “I don’t have access to that information.”

(Our cleaning crew is privately contracted, so only library administration has access to their schedule.)

Patron: “So, nobody turned in a chair at all?

Me: “No.”

Patron: “Well, then, what am I supposed to do?”

Me: “You could check back at the circulation desk up front.”

(Thankfully, she left at that point. I can understand her frustration, but seriously, who brings their own chair to a public library and then assumes it was stolen instead of put in storage by a confused cleaning crew member?)

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