Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Crazy Ish My Older Coworker(s) Say...

If someone can get a TV show based on all of the crazy thing their dad has said, why can't I follow suit and become an uber-millionaire based on my crazy coworker(s).  For my show, I would like Betty White to play the role of my coworker.

At the last circ meeting, I was able to get her to say that she thought that one of the library branches in our system loans out prom dresses (as long as you dry clean them before you return them). 

 Like every circ meeting, the first 30 minutes or so is spent playing, "My Patron Story is Better Than Yours."  The conversation turned to parents who let their children run loose around the branch when my coworker chimed in with her advise:

"I scare the sh*t out of them.  I tell them that they shouldn't let their children run around unless they want to see some dirty old man penis being flashed at them."

Other notable patron interactions that were shared during the meeting: 
- the guy who completely refused to fill out the information on the application for a library card.  He swore that once we put that information in our ILS, the data will be beamed via satellite to the CIA and they will have his social security number.  Yeah, like they don't have access to that already.

- the lady who held her cellphone up like a police badge at the circ desk, demanding to know, "Who is your legal counsel??"

- the guy who swore at the library system because we wouldn't refund him for a lost item he paid for which was found weeks later.  He claimed it was some big conspiracy and that the library was the reason for the Tea Party.


  1. I just found your blog today and I just wanted to let you know how awesome I think you are. I'm a former Page/Circulation Clerk/Processing Clerk, who is currently a Librarian Trainee and I love hearing stories about things patrons do or say.

    thanks for the words of encouragement.
    My psychiatrist, dentist, optometrist, chiropractor, yoga instructor, mailman, all tell me that this blog and writing about patrons helps relieve the trauma induced by all of the ish caused by patrons. Vicious cycle I tell ya...
    What's a Librarian Trainee? I'm assuming that's on the Info side.

  3. LOL. I deal with a lot of winners too.

    I'm like a mini Librarian. I do everything that a normal Youth Services Librarian does except since I am not currently done with my MLS (I will be in December) I am considered a Librarian in training. I get paid less to do above and beyond the work the "real" Librarians do.