"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'" ~ C. S. Lewis

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Retail Wednesday with a BONUS!

It's that day again. Time for me to get my snark on and share with the world some of the more interesting requests and events of my last week in retail :D

Irony Award:

A woman came to the desk and asked if we had a specific book. I knew we did, so I started to lead her toward the section. She thanked me profusely and said she hadn't been able to find it anywhere else. As I was handing her the paperback copy of the book she had asked for, she gestured toward the information desk where we have our e-readers on display and asked:

"So, is the whole store going digital?"
Found HERE
It's all gone digital - see the book flying back onto the shelf?!
In a very worried tone. I assured her that we were going to keep carrying books and that I didn't think they were going away for a long time.

Okay, so I know that this is a really hot topic and that some people are very anti-e-reader and that digital books are taking off. But my inner snark found it absolutely hilarious that she should ask the question in that particular way AS I was handing her a bound book she hadn't been able to find elsewhere.

Found HERE
Okay, so this has absolutely nothing to do with the story,
but it was too hilarious NOT to share!
Strangest Request Award:

A man was sitting at the information desk, browsing through the catalog. I asked if there was anything that I could help him with and he said no, the things he wanted needed to be ordered. I explained our shipping policy and told him to let me know if he had more questions and moved on to the next customer. About twenty minutes later, as I was working on a project, he approached me.

Man: I tried looking in the section for other books, but I can't find anything on the topic.

Me: What are you looking for?

Man: Well, I checked in science, but I can't find any books on oxygen.

Me: What kind of book do you need?

Man: Just a book about oxygen.

Me: Like the element? Or like absorbing oxygen (thinking maybe a health book)

Man: No, just about oxygen itself.
Found HERE
Again, not sure what this has to do with anything,
But what does a PIRATE have to do with OXYGEN?
Maybe that's why the guy needed a book
To answer these burning questions!


There is an elderly man that lives just down the street from our church. My dad and brother were helping him to de-ice his driveway and porch.

As my dad is standing on the porch in his bright purple snowmobile suit, chipping away at the ice, a woman driving by stops suddenly and starts yelling out her window.

Woman: Excuse me.

Dad: (not realizing that she is talking to him)

Woman: (irritated) Excuse me!

Dad: I'm sorry?

Woman: There is ice on the road at the corner. (waves back the direction she came)

Dad: I'm sorry?

Woman: There's ice on the road at the corner and I just almost skidded on it.

Dad: ...

Woman: Well, someone needs to take care of it.

Dad: I'm sorry, I'm just helping a neighbor clear some ice. I don't do anything with the roads.

Woman: It's a hazard. Someone needs to clear the ice there.

Dad: I don't even live here. I don't work for the county or anything.

Woman: Well, if you're not going to do anything about it, then you need to call someone who will. (closes her window and squeals away).
Objects With Faces - Angry Noodle Demands Explanation

Aren't people hilarious!?

And I'm out! As one of my colleagues says, Peace out, cub scouts!


Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

omg, that speed limit sign is AWESOME!

And also, what a crazy lady, shouting at your dad.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Oh my word, people are ridiculous. That lady was a total angry noodle doodlehead. Also, you meet some really strange birds in your library. I was never so lucky when I worked i our library.

If I saw that speed limit sign I'd be totally tempted to steal it. that's awesome.

Hannah Kincade said...

hahaha! You made my sick day awesome.

Laura Marcella said...

Oh my hilariousness, that ice woman! If she was so bothered by it, she could've gotten out and taken care of it or made the phone call herself! Oh wait. She must've been Mrs. Important.

I love your retail stories!

Rebecca T. said...

@Sarah: I know, right? I think it might be photoshopped, but either way it's hilarious!

@Carolina: I think I'm totally stealing that noodle doodlehead phrase :D

@Hannah:Yeah for making sick people better! Boo for for sickness :(

@Laura: HA! I think she was Mrs. Important!

aLmYbNeNr said...

Wow, ice woman is a pain in the arse! I think I would have chased her down the street!

Alan Andrews said...

My favorite part of the whole blog is picturing your dad standing there (resplendent in his purple snowsuit) NOT responding to the ice princess at first.