As you know I’m always looking find a book for many people, sometimes it’s one book sometimes its more than one book we usually charge a fee for our book finding service its is mostly a fee of ten dollars, but for one reason or other this fee is not rock solid sometime more but mostly less. Now I’m sure that most people just want the book and have far too many things happening in their lives to worry about this fee be it $10 or even $20 they just want the book & there are always grateful for our help.
There’s always two sides to a coin though, the flip side is the ultimate penny pincher that wants me to find the book or books & provide it to them at the absolute lowest price they can get, they are the sort of people that are way too lazy to even look for it themselves, why even sometimes they don’t even know the name of the book or partially at best. But being the ultimate optimist I always try go that extra mile to try and find their requested book title, I have found that I have refined my technique and usually can weed the wheat from the chaff fairly quickly.
But every now and then a doozy will come along catch me out, yesterday one of those times, the place the bookshop, the cast me, Anne & the accused armed with a list that would seriously threaten Michael H. Hart, said gentleman came to enquire about the list of books, it consisted of about 12 A4 pages of books & authors on many topics general fiction, classics, horror fiction and many more.
Now I had listened to his talk on three different occasions, so far he’d only brought one book, but we had talked for well over an hour all the time saying about all the books he wanted but at highly discounted prices but at one purchase at a time. Now I have lots of work to do everyday & it looked like this would continue if I didn’t bring it to an end. Now normally I’m very patient & love good stories, but the time this conversation kept going over the same ground, time for me to finish it. Anne had come out to help me , but I know he will keep wasting our time with no real promise of any sales, time me to do the Clockwork Orange.
In a way what happened to me was similar to an episode on Black Books that famous show on the ABC I had a moment, culminating in me going way over the top, I won’t go into the full rant, I know I shouldn’t have been so rude but it’s time to bring an end to this endless banter of maybe if, might, or what if. Get the #$%@ out of here it was a last resort but enough is enough, I have real work to do, one of which is writing about the good things that happen at our secondhand book shop.
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