A Clear And Self-Centered Danger

| Boston, MA, USA | Right | May 28, 2012

(A couple approaches the information desk while I’m manning it. They are probably in their mid-60s.)

Me:  “Can I help you find something?”

Customer:  “Yes, where are your paperbacks by Clancy?”

Me:  “They’re right over here in fiction; follow me.”

(They tag along behind me as I lead them the 10 steps over to the fiction wall.)

Me:  “He’s this whole shelf, and part of the next one.  Was there anything else you were looking for today?”

Customer:  “Other stuff like him. You know, like Woods, Connelly, and Lescroart.”

Me:  “Well, they’re all here in fiction too. It’s alphabetical by author, so you can work your way down from here.  Woods is right at the end by the window.”

Customer:  *peevish* “Why can’t you people just put all the stuff I like together?!”

(At this point his wife, who has been silent the whole time, chimes in.)

Customer’s Wife: “Because the world STILL doesn’t revolve around you, dear.” *to me* “His mother has a lot to answer for!”

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Choose Your Own Misadventures

| Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Right | May 24, 2012

(A woman walks up to the register with four pages out of four different books: a Grisham, a Kinsella, a King and a Straub.)

Me: “Did you find these pages loose?”

Customer: “No, I ripped them out. I want to buy them for 10 cents per page. Is that okay?”

Me: *shocked* “Um, no!”

Customer: *turns and leaves the store*

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We Read Your Attitude Loud And Clear

| Newfoundland, Canada | Working | May 21, 2012

(Note: This happened about 6 years ago when I was trying to spend my birthday money on comic books. A girl comes in all dressed up to pass in a resume; note that she has a guide dog. She gives it to the owner and smiles softly.)

Girl with guide dog: *to owner* “I was hoping you’d be hiring.”

Owner: *takes her resume* “How about you come in Wednesday at two for an interview?”

Girl with guide dog: “I’m sorry sir, I’m hard of hearing. Would you mind facing me when you talk?”

Owner: *gruffly* “Nevermind. There’s no openings. We just finished hiring.”

Girl with guide dog: *sadly* “Oh…thank you anyway.”

(Having overheard everything, ALL the customers in the store simultaneously left without buying anything. I haven’t been back since!)

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Weekend Roundup: You Drive Me Crazy

, , , , | Not Always Right | Right | May 20, 2012

Your Drive Me Crazy! This week, we share five stories of customers who drive employees nuts—and the brave workers who are driven to serve them just the same!

  1. Drive Hoo:
    Woohoo! Drive-thru customers can really drive you crazy!
  2. Preserving Life, 1-Up At A Time:
    Proof that Pokémon-players take “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” VERY seriously.
  3. Copycats…and Copy Dogs, Copy Sheep…:
    A customer wanting to clone his dog? Just another day at the bookstore!
  4. That Was Random:
    One coffee shop customer takes a random walk on the weird side.
  5. We Can Thank Hollywood And “Hacker” Films For This:
    Tech support can fix your hard drive, but not the car you drive!

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Who Needs Learnin’ When You Can Be Sun Burnin’, Part 2

| Livingston, NJ, USA | Right | May 16, 2012

(I am helping a mother and her teenage son go through his summer reading list to find a book that will meet his requirement. I usually do this by working with the kid to find one that they’re genuinely interested in reading, but in this case, the mother keeps interrupting.)

Customer: “My god, look at how long all these books are!”

Me: *to the son* “You said you like mysteries, right? And Then There Were None is on your son’s reading list. I think you’d like it.”

Customer: *looking at the book* “It’s almost four hundred pages! How do you expect him to finish that thing?”

Me: “Well, he does have the whole summer.”

Customer: “Absolutely not! How can they expect him to read that much? It’s insane!”

Customer’s Son: *reading the back cover* “Mom, this actually sounds really good. There are ten people on an island and they start dying one by one.”

Customer: “Honey, you shouldn’t have to read that much. You’ll waste your whole summer! We want a book that’s under a hundred pages.”

Me: “I’m sorry, but none of these books are going to be under a hundred pages. I think the shortest one is about two hundred.”

Customer: “This is so ridiculous. How can they do this to him? Let’s pick a book from that rack over there. Those look much more manageable.”

Me: “Ma’am, that display is required reading for the local elementary school.”

Customer: “I don’t care what it is. We’re picking from there.”

Me: “None of those are on the reading list. Your son is going into tenth grade.”

Customer: “Well, these look like the books I would want to read. If I ever wanted to read, that is.”

Customer’s Son: “I think we should just get the one he recommended. It sounds awesome!”

Customer: “Forget it. You know what? We’re gonna drive by the school so I can complain to the principal. It’s ridiculous for them to expect you to read during the summer! That’s crazy!”

Related:
Who Needs Learnin’ When You Can Be Sun Burnin’

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