Saturday, March 07, 2009

Dispatches from the nice part of town

Earlier this week a patron complained that a man in the browsing section had a cold but instead of wiping his nose on his sleeve like a normal civilized person, he was just leaning forward and letting his nose drip on the carpet. Apparently there was a puddle. Ew.

On Saturday a customer interrupted Miss Information's pleasant thoughts to report that the lady sitting next to him was making racist statements. "Really racist statements" he clarified as if there are various types.

By the time Miss Information found the guy in charge an actual screaming match had broken out between 2 other customers. Miss Information has no idea what started the disagreement but it got ugly, shouty and sweary pretty quickly and ended with one of them getting kicked out of the building--because telling a librarian to "fucking leave me the fuck alone" is never going to win you friends among library staff. On another note, the "really racist statements" lady made a good eye witness.

Miss Information is forced to conclude that it's only considered a nice part of town because there are so many gourmet coffee places nearby.


At 9:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I am sorry to see that the good part of town is turning out to be the same as the bad part of town. I guess this is just an indication of the library patrons and humanity in the good part or bad part, there can be a wide variety. I have found this too in working in both good and bad parts town in a wide variety of public libraries. My favorite "good part of town library story" was when a patron sprayed his own urine across the fiction section as a statement of god knows what....masculinity????

Oh and then there was the "gentleman" who took to using a mirror under the table to look at ladies private bits!!!!

AND, people think all we do is READ!!!!

At 3:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it's any consolation, a few weeks back I had to contend with a very large mean-looking man (much larger than me) sitting by himself, spouting death threats and dropping F-bombs audibly, presumably to his sandwich?

Rainy Saturdays bring out the most fascinating characters.

At 2:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I notice you're getting a shiny, new Starbucks.

Such a fancy part of town. (snort)


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