My crazy life in a bookstore... where-o-where is my sanity!
My life in a bookstore…
I work in a big bookstore, with a million books (wink)and every shift has at least one customer that knows the store better than you. Well, they think they do. Here is my life surrounded with books.
Customer - “Hi, I’m looking for a book.”
Me - “Great, we have plenty.”
Customer - “It has a blue cover and is by that one author, you know that eccentric one that lives in the mountains?”
Me - “Do you know what other books they have written? Maybe the title of the book?”
Customer - “If I knew the title, I wouldn’t need you.”
Me - Silently telling myself to be nice. “We have a lot of books with blue covers, most authors are slightly eccentric and I need something more to go by. Genre, what the book is about, is it a recent release?”
Customer - “I don’t remember. Oh, I think the publisher is Penguin.”
Me - Silently strangling the stranger. Smile, Devyn…bite your tongue. “You want a blue book that is published by Penguin and that is all we have to go by. That makes it a bit difficult to figure out. Why don’t you walk around and see if it comes to you, you can call us if need be.”
Customer - “Are you the only person working? Is there a manager? You are absolutely no help!”
Me - “Yes, let me get you the manager on duty.” I page…. And manager arrives, I say.. “This customer would like a blue book by penguin and an eccentric author. Not sure if it is a recent release or what it is about.” I look at customer, and smile sweetly… “Right?”
Customer - “This person is no help, you should hire competent employees.”
Me - Oh someone is going to whack the customer….not me, not me, not me! I think to myself.
Later - New customer (btw, no book was found for above customer)
Customer - “Hi, I’m looking for a book.” (they all start out like that) “Can you suggest something to me?”
Me - “Sure, what kind of book would you like? Fiction? Love story, crime, true crime, funny, teen, sci-fi, maybe paranormal?”
Customer - “Just show me something.”
Me - I walk the person around the store and get shot down at every suggestion.
Customer - “I have to go, I don’t like to read and everything sounds dumb.”
Me - Really? Book reading is dumb. Makes me go…. Hmmmmm
I have tons of stories about the bookstore. Stay tuned for more of my stories