Saturday, July 09, 2011

Miss Information is annoyed by the collective agreement

So, Miss Information's morning started off badly. By the time she got to work she was tasering people with her mind and shooting lightning bolts with her eyes. It was not going to be a good day for the public.

When she arrived at work she complained bitterly to her colleague that there was no clause in the contract covering crankiness. He suggested she take a sick day but she decided to tough it out. Next thing she knew, he had taken sick time himself. Good self-preservation instincts, he has.

Anyway, instead of a nice peaceful day, Miss Information was greeted with all screaming children in the world and a staff meeting. Oh, and complainers. "Are people allowed to talk?" said the complaining woman. "People shouldn't be allowed to talk." Miss Information agreed. No talking=no complaining. "I'm having a very unpleasant visit to the library," said the complaining man. He went on to explain that he'd had to pay overdue fines and the DVD he'd requested hadn't arrived yet. Miss Information was also having an unpleasant visit to the library so she could relate.

Later on the shift when the screaming child express had reached the station again, another complaining man approached Miss Information. "Do you see what's going on in society?" he asked. "It's terrible what's happening." The screaming children were accompanied by women in hijabs. Oh, Miss Information is way too cranky for this. The complaining man spoke with an accent and looked like he could have come from a Muslim country himself, so Miss Information had no idea what she was supposed to be horrified about. She made a non-committal noise and headed back to the safety of the desk.

No dice, the man followed. Seems he was upset about the Muslims trying to take over. He'd left his country to get away from it and now he was surrounded again. When he'd lived in his previous country he'd worked for them and they'd wanted him to become Muslim. Imagine.

Miss Information was briefly jealous. Even the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Scientologists steer clear of her now.

Miss Information never knows what to do when confronted with racism. She hates that people look at her and assume that she's on their side. She isn't. She doesn't have a side. She just wants to find people the books they want.

All the complaining people seem the same to her anyway.


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