Guy walks into a library...wants to use a computer. Does he have a library card? No, the guy sneers. He never comes to the library. Miss Information looks at him, looks around at the library he is presently standing in and wonders if she should alert the media. Realizing they’re probably still busy with Paris Hilton, she decides against it. Does he want to get a library card? Of course not.
Undaunted, Miss Information recites the many reasons why it’s so great to have a library card. It’s free. It’s fast. You can sign out books, magazines, DVDs. You will win the lottery. Your hair will be shinier. And, most importantly, you will be able to use the computer for even longer. Yes! Instead of a visitor pass that gives you 30 minutes, you will be able to log on for an hour or more every day!
Guy is not convinced. He never comes to the library. (Why do people always say that like it’s something to be proud of?) He only needs the computer for a couple of minutes anyway.
Miss Information directs him to the 15 minute express terminals. You don’t need a card for those.
When she returns from her coffee break, the guy is back at the desk. Somebody gave him a visitor pass but it’s running out. He needs longer on the computer. Miss Information gently suggests, once again that his life would be so very much better with a library card.
Nah. He never comes to the library.
Miss Information realizing that this is a lost cause, gives him another visitor slip. At this rate, he'll end up with more computer time than a legitimately registered customer. Something about that just seems wrong to Miss Information.