A-Maze-ing Lack Of Sense

| San Rafael, CA, USA | Books & Reading

(As part of my job as bookseller, I occasionally grab misplaced books out of a “To Be Shelved” box and re-shelve them. One night, a coworker and I start going through the box.)

Me: *picks up a book* “Ah, The Maze Runner.”

Coworker: “Yep. Guy brought it back because he didn’t know it was a young adult novel.”

Me: “Huh…”

Coworker: “And he got it from the young adult section.”

(At this, I stammer and even accidentally drop the book, which my coworker finds appropriate and hilarious.)

Me: “So let me get this straight. A guy walks into the kids’ section that’s clearly marked.”

Coworker: “Yep.”

Me: “Then walks over to the teenage book section, also clearly marked.”

Coworker: “Yep.”

Me: “Picks up this book from the teenage section, and doesn’t realize it’s for teenagers.”

Coworker: “That’s the gist of it.”

Me: “Right… One second.”

(I pick up the book and smack it directly against the center of my forehead out of exasperation.)

Me: “Okay, I’m good.”


Might Spot A Few Graphic Differences

| Iowa City, IA, USA | Bizarre, Books & Reading, Musical Mayhem

(While working at customer service at a bookstore a customer approaches me.)

Customer: “Do you have Candide by Voltaire?”

Me: “Yes, we do.” *I show her where it is*

Customer: “It’s in a weird place. Why isn’t it with the graphic novels?”

Me: “Because it’s not a graphic novel.”

Customer: “But he only writes graphic novels!”

Me: “I think you’re thinking of Voltaire the musician. This is by Voltaire the philosopher.”

Customer: “Oh. You’re sure they’re not the same person?”

Me: “Completely. Graphic novels didn’t really exist when Voltaire was alive.”

Customer: “Oh. Well, I might buy it anyway, in case it is the same person.”

(No matter what I said, I could not assure her that she was thinking of a different Voltaire.)


Being Very Frank About It

| Kansas City, MO, USA | Books & Reading, History

Customer: “Do you have the Diary of Anne Frank?”

Me: “Of course. It’s in the Military History section in Holocaust studies. I can take you there.”

Customer: “Why is it in the Military history section? That is a disgrace. It should be in Memoirs section!”

Me: “Well, yes, it could go there, but we try to be as specific as possible with memoirs and diaries to help customers find what they are looking for. We also have presidential memoirs in American history, and celebrities memoirs in performing arts.”

Customer: “That is ridiculous! How rude!”

(The customer stormed out. I found out later that this customer later returned to the store and moved all of our copies of the Diary of Anne Frank to the Memoirs section. Apparently she felt very strongly!)