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August 16, 2006

“I will be returning the book I bought from you. I didn't like the plot”

Age_of_reason “Hi, I am looking for an old book.
What's the title?
I don't remember.
OK. Who is the author?
Sorry, can't remember that either.
OK, you are making it a little tough here. What was it about?
I don't remember. But it was my favorite book when I was little.
I don't think I can help you.
OK, thanks for your help.”

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I've been to Powell's. I'm sure the females would be a lot sexier if they weren't Womyn's Studies majors and didn't act like every question was a come-on.

Actual interchange with Powell's female employee.

Me: Excuse me, where is the history section?

She: No! I won't have sex you! How dare you assume that I would be your little Stepford wife?

Me: Uh, I'm sorry, I was just looking for the history section. I apologize for any misunderstanding.

She: Oh, that's how you think it works huh? You practically rape me and then it's just 'sorry' and you're off to your next victim? Well, listen up, buster, your reign of testostrogenic terror is over! The Old Boy Network can't help you know!

Me: Uh maybe I should go.

She: Fat chance, you porcine Rush Limbaugh dittohead! You're going down, you bastard! Philyshia, get the branding iron and the hedge clippers, it's payback time! This one's for Ellen James!

Me: I assume that validating my parking is out of the question?

Ok...maybe I exagerated a little bit. She wasn't nearly as pleasant as I described.

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at Aug 16, 2006 2:14:22 AM

Anybody who's worked at a bookstore is full of these! At one place where I worked, they kept running track in a hilarious notebook at the customer service desk, which I xeroxed and filed among my treasured papers for many, many moons. That bookstore is now unfortunately long defunct, but I recently rediscovered and posted my copy at http://michellesmentalclutter.blogspot.com/2005/06/overheard-at-bookstore.html It's a hoot... Enjoy!!

Posted by: Misicel at Aug 16, 2006 4:57:08 AM

powell's is scoopoing up books in the bay area: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/08/11/BUGPNKFS2J1.DTL

Posted by: joel at Aug 16, 2006 4:11:25 PM

I just think it's hilarious what passes for "sexy" here in Portland. Very unintimidating!

Posted by: lxw at Aug 16, 2006 5:00:17 PM

Great post!

Posted by: Lotta at Aug 16, 2006 5:57:05 PM