Miss Information learns that leakiness is not limited to childrenWell, it turns out that the frightening normalness of the new branch may have just been a feeble attempt to impress Miss Information. Now that it knows her, it's letting all the crazies out of the woodwork.
Yesterday, an adult man appeared, coughed a little and then horked into the garbage can near the circ desk--conveniently situated next to Miss Information. After years of this sort of behaviour at the old branch, her only response was to glare at the man. "Sorry," he muttered.
Miss Information's new co-workers don't put up with this sort of thing quietly. One of them told the man his behaviour was "gross". Amazingly the man returned a few minutes later for a repeat performance. Miss Information was now farther away from the garbage can, however.
This time two co-workers approached the man. He was told to stop spitting in the garbage can. A debate followed over where he should spit. A staff member suggested the washroom. The man suggested the floor. Another staff member threatened to make him clean up any spit on the floor that had once been in his mouth. The man subsequently repeatedly put on his coat, walked past the circ desk sighing loudly and spit on the ground outside the front door. So, the library staff kind of, sort of won the battle--except for having to avoid the now-frozen spit puddle when they left for the night.
No one got stabbed or punched out or anything and that's how you can tell this is a civilized library.