Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Miss Information is overwhelmed by weirdness

Miss Information is not in the best of moods. It was non-stop annoyingness today. Luckily she has a short memory. These were perhaps not the strangest customers today but they are the ones she remembers right now.

1. Guy who had highly classified documents to shred. Not a service the library provides. He vented for a while about his options. He could give his precious documents to someone else to shred, but what if they read them? He couldn’t take that risk. His second option was to use a shredder at UPS but that was a strip shredder. He needed his documents shredded into tiny unreadable pieces and didn’t consider anything bigger than 2 mm in size as destroyed enough. Miss Information doesn’t have anything that private.

2. A couple needing help finding a job. Miss Information interpreted this as showing them library resources; the couple appeared to want her to do the actual finding. Look at Miss Information fellas. Does it look like she has any skill at job finding? If she were good at job hunting would she be here? Anyway, the couple had many employment barriers. Among the ones they mentioned: physical handicaps, age, long periods of unemployment. To these Miss Information would add: really thick accents and a complete lack of interest in actually looking at the library job finding resources themselves. Also, Miss Information had the uncomfortable feeling that these people wanted something beyond her insightful introduction to library materials. She thinks they really wanted either sympathy or money. Possibly both. Their accents made it difficult to tell.

3. A woman who wanted information about free legal advice in a different part of the city. Miss Information began to tell her about legal aid. No no, the woman insisted. She didn’t need legal aid. She just wanted to go somewhere and talk to a lawyer. For free. She didn’t need legal aid, though. Um…ok. Miss Information wondered whether this was a way to meet guys with good jobs…
On a related note, Miss Information was in the office next to their legal aid lawyer tonight. She swears she overheard him giving travel advice. Boy that guy provides an excellent service. Miss Information wonders how his job hunting skills are. Because she knows a couple who could use his help.


At 10:53 PM, Blogger Andi said...

as my coworker says, it's always a full moon at the library!

At 11:13 AM, Blogger No one asked us said...

1I feel your pain. Oh do I feel it.

At 7:36 PM, Blogger Susan said...

Have you read Quiet Please by Scott Douglas yet? I think you would get a kick out of it! :)


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