Random Language Award:
Seems that this week was the week for people to ask for interesting language learning products. A woman asked me for language books on Israeli. Not Hebrew or Yiddish, but Israeli. When we looked and couldn't find anything I said I didn't think there were any books on that. she got annoyed. I offered to look for books on Hebrew. She declined and turned back to the section.
A young girl approached me and asked where my section of software on learning Macedonian would be. Sorry, we don't have one. She wanted to know if we had Rosetta Stone for Macedonian. I told her she would probably have to check directly with the company because we only carry the major languages like Spanish, French, Italian. she gave me a look like I was crazy.
Everyone must learn Macedonian!
Weird Reaction Award:
We had inventory this Sunday. So on Saturday I was hanging up the tags on each shelf. As I worked through the Science Fiction Section there was a customer browsing. I excused myself as I reached past him to hang a tag. "You have an audit coming up?" he asked.
"Yes, we have inventory tomorrow," I said.
"I know RGIS," he said (RGIS is the company that comes in and does our inventory.)
As soon as he had said that his eyes widened and he looked around almost frantically and scuttled away.
I'm on the run from RGIS! They're going to make me count books!
Then he avoided eye contact with me the rest of the time I was in the section. I think he owed them money.
Time Waster Award:
On Monday a customer came into the store looking for a drawing book. The catch? He had hidden the book in the baseball section to "save" it, but then couldn't find it when he returned. So he expected US to help him find it.
What do drawing and baseball have in common? Silly customers, that's what!
While reshelving a book in the Young Adult section, a co-worker found the following note inside of a Twilight book... (contents have been mildly edited to make them family friendly)
Get a life, you retard!
If you are reading this, you have probably bought this. You also probably have no idea what good literature is, or a boyfriend. Return this book/put it down. Break your razer blade, and go to the self-help section of Borders.
- your Superior
Somehow I think you are the one that needs to get a life if you have time to write and plant notes like this...