Thursday, March 22, 2007

Miss Information is annoyed by an entrepreneur

A regular known as French Video Guy is looking for today's newspaper. It isn't in the right place. Miss Information already knew this. Another customer, one without a nickname, already reported that to her. She had a look around for the first guy but no luck. The newspaper could be anywhere--the library's bizarre design means that there are 2 main levels and 2 smaller levels and tons of nooks and crannies where people might go to be alone with the crossword.

She reported all this to French Video Guy. He couldn't understand it. Why would someone deliberately take the newspaper and disappear with it?

Miss Information refrained from slapping the man. Almost every day French Video Guy does exactly that. He takes the newspaper into the computer room and sits--alternatively viewing old Journey videos on the net and reading the paper, thus monopolizing not one, but two library services. He does this for hours.

One of Miss Information's colleagues tried to explain the concept of sharing to the man a couple a while back. French Video Man became hostile. He isn't being selfish. He's multitasking. It turns out, unbeknownst to the library staff, that French Video Man currently owns and runs several successful businesses. He offered Miss Information's colleague a job. She declined.

Miss Information wonders if these businesses run themselves since the guy spends about 10 hours a day in the library. She didn't read that 7 Habits of Highly Effective People book so she doesn't know where "watch old REO Speedwagon videos all day in the library" falls on the list but she's pretty sure that's how Donald Trump spends his time. Wasn't there a very special epidsode of the Apprentice devoted to hanging around listlessly in public libraries?


At 3:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know that he must be successful because he's too cheap to even buy his own computer.

At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks, miss information, you remind me why I work in an academic library now and don't miss the public library one little bit...

At 7:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I so need to get out of the public library. It is killing me. I can no longer take the insanity.


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