Weekends are heating up at the store. Lots of traffic, lots of questions, and lots of *headdesk*
Related to football season:
- "Why don't you have books on [insert name of visiting football team from across the country here]?" Because they aren't the home team or even in the same state.
- "Do you have a book that explains football to kids?" The child in question is using a teething ring, no lie.
- "Do you have the game score?" And he wasn't even interested in the game being played in town, which was the game I had up on ESPN.
Related to school:
Customer: "Do you have books on Egypt?"
Me: "Like a travel book?"
So we go to the travel section and I get out all six books on travelling in Egypt.
Customer: "My daughter has to write a report on the Sphinx."
And I turn to see a kid who is maybe ten years old, possibly eleven. Unfortunately, we do not have books about the Sphinx specifically in the store, at all, or at any store in the area, and none of the books in the history section (adult or child) have much information on the Sphinx at all.
Customer: "Well, how is [my child] going to get her report done by Monday???"
Seriously???!???!! Perhaps you could try the library since those books are already purchased with your tax dollars.
Customer on phone: "Do you have City of Glass? It's a graphic novel."
Checks computer - unfortunately we don't have Paul Auster's graphic novel adaptation of his novella.
Customer on phone: "Isn't that by Cassie Clare?"
Me: "I believe there are planned graphic novel adaptations of the Mortal Instruments series but those aren't available, yet."
Customer on phone: "Oh, yeah, so I guess it is by that guy you mentioned. Do you know where I could get this? I have to have it read for class by Tuesday."
*headdesk* Ugh, seriously? Library? Has the general population forgotten about this very valuable resource for getting homework and school work done on time?
Customer (walks up to me): "Chaucer."
Legit, that was the opening to the conversation. No, "Excuse me" or "Can you help me find something?" just a word.
Me: "Er, are you looking for something specific?"
Me (ARGH!): "Do you need a specific title or translation?"
Customer (blinks a bit at me): "Poetry?"
Me (not the answer I was expecting): "Er, right. There are a couple of different major poems. The Parliament of Fowls or The Canterbury Tales, perhaps?"
Customer: "Oh, yes, tales!"
And hands me a Post-It with "Chaucer Wife's Tail" written on it. And, yes, it was spelled like that.
Me: "OK. This edition here is probably the cheapest if you don't need a specific edition."
Customer: "I need an easy one."
Me: "OK." (hands her a different volume) "This is the No Fear edition which will have a modern English translation on the facing page. It's pretty user-friendly."
Customer: "Does it have the Wife's Tale?"
Me: "Yes, it has the entire set of Tales so that would include the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale." And I show her where they are in the book.
Customer: "Oh, good. Do you know where I could get a summary? I'm a tutor and don't have time to read this."
*headdesk* I hope they aren't paying her very much.
Customer: "Where are your Christmas sales?"
Me: "We don't have our holiday sales out yet, ma'am."
Customer (aghast): "Why not??"
Um, because it isn't even Hallowe'en yet? Keep your shirt on, we'll have them out the first week in November.
And in the "Awwwww" department:
I'm back in the Kids' section and the cutest little girl with pigtails and glasses comes up to me.
Girl: "Excuse me please, could you show me where you keep the Percy Jackson books?"
(and of course she has the cutest lisp, too)
So I show her where the books are on display. She very solemnly looks over the table, chooses Percy Jackson #4, and turns to me with a great big smile.
Girl: "I love books! Don't you?"
Me: "I do!"
Girl: "When I grow up I want to read books all day!"
She hugs the book and scampers off but turns around and comes straight back.
Girl: "I forgot to say thank you! Thank you for helping me!"
And off she goes again. Dear parents of this child - your kid is adorable and I hope she stays that way. Kids like her go a ways toward making a long day shorter.