Wrong Con-Textbook

| Learning | July 28, 2015

(It is mid-July, and I’m at my college’s bookstore. I want to buy a textbook for a class I’m taking in the fall.)

Me: “Hey, could I buy this textbook for a fall class?”

Assistant: “Um, I’m not sure. Let me get a manager.”

(She goes to get the manager.)

Manager: *to assistant* “So she wants to rent this textbook?”

Assistant: “No, she said she wants to buy it.”

Manager: *to me* “So you’d like to sell this textbook?”

Me: “No, I would like to buy it.”

Manager: “Where did you get it from?”

Me: “From that shelf there.”

Manager: “And you want to return it?”

Me: “No, I want to buy it.”

Manager: “Oh?”

Me: “I am taking this course in the fall. I’d like to buy this textbook now, if that’s all right.”

Manager: “Oh, okay. You’re early.”

Me: “I know.”

Manager: “You’re, like, very early.”

Me: “Yes.”

(The assistant walks me to the registers to pay.)

Manager: *to himself* “But so early…”

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