Now that Parka seems to be back in full force, I guess I can finally share the following tale without the risk of jinxing his departure.
Miss E, our weekend warrior
"liberry" ass., recently told me that she had to bitch Parka out for
being an annoying patron a couple of weeks ago.
It was a
Saturday afternoon and the library was uncharacteristically eat up with
patrons. When not checking out books to them, Miss E was in the midst
of wrestling with the Devil Copier for a guy who kept insisting on
trying to copy the same dark single page despite the fact that the
copier was jamming with EVERY SINGLE ATTEMPT. Right on time, through the
door walks Parka.
"MAY I PLEASE SIGN UP TO USE A COMPUTER?" he robot-droned, still 15 feet away from the sign-in sheet.
E told him it would be a while because the computers were all full and
there was a lady upstairs who was already waiting ahead of him. So Parka
paced the floor while Miss E continued to pull accordions of paper out
of the copier's guts.
One of the internet users left
shortly after that. Much to Parka's dismay, though, Miss E continued to
wrestle with the copier rather than immediately hunting down the lady
with dibs on the open computer.
"Um, don't you think you should go find the other lady?" he asked impatiently.
"I will when I get a minute," Miss E said, unjamming the copier for the umpteenth time.
go look for her," Parka said. He went upstairs to search. Never mind
the fact that he had NO IDEA who had signed up nor what she even looked
like; he only knew she was a woman and was allegedly upstairs. He
returned mere seconds later to claim, "I don't see her anywhere
upstairs. I don't think she's here anymore. Can I please sign up for..."
"LOOK, YOU'LL GET A COMPUTER WHEN I GET A MINUTE!" Miss E screamed at him.
Parka backed down. Miss E is not someone to be trifled with and, as her
ex-boyfriend can attest, you DO NOT want to have her as an enemy.
may seem like unprofessional and non-service-oriented behavior for a
library assistant. However, I assure you that had "Liberry" Director
Mrs. A herself been present Parka's stupid ass would have been verbally
handed to him a long time before that.