Well, my much dreaded Monday solo-shift was no problem at all. In fact, if I didn't know it was Monday, I would have sworn it was a Sunday shift.
There was none of the usual Monday rush
whatsoever. The computers did steady business, but I only had to bust
off patrons twice and then it leveled out.
didn't even have a call from Mr. Kreskin--an almost unprecedented
occurrence considering that both Mrs. A and Mrs. C were gone. In fact,
we didn't even have any calls specifically for Mrs. A or Mrs. C. I was
Of course, Parka rolled in around 2. I
told him I'd have a computer for him as soon as I could ask a patron to
get off. He went back to wait in the next room. At that point, I noticed
a woman standing in the front room who was giving me the stink eye. It
occurred to me that she'd been standing there for quite a while.
"Um, can I help you?" I asked.
"Computer," she whispered. She seemed to have lost her voice.
And you signed in already?" She nodded. "I'm sorry. I didn't know." I
realized then that she'd signed in when I was out of the room about ten
minutes before and I never realized what she was there for. And even
though I'd already told Parka he could have one first, I didn't mind
bumping him for the lady. Oddly, Parka didn't seem to care either, when I
Once he got a computer, Parka stayed all the
way to close. Correction: He actually departed at 10 til close, which
was a good 5 minutes later than he should have. I had gone back at 4:35
to tell all the computer users that I was shutting the computers down at
4:45. I was hoping Parka would complain, but he didn't. Instead, he
verbally acknowledged that he understood and thanked me for telling him.
other computer users departed before the deadline, but I had to go back
and remind Parka at 4:45 that it was time to get off. He didn't, but
unfortunately I had a minor closing time rush to deal with up front, so I
wasn't able to go back and tell him off. I so wanted to go back and say, "Look,
I told you it was time to get off five minutes ago and I'm not playing
around. Do you really want me to tell MRS. A that I'm having problems
with you? Because she's already told me that she told you that if she
gets one more complaint about you from her staff you'll be banned from
the computers. Seems to me with as many computer access points as you've
been banned from recently, you'd be a little more concerned about not pissing off the only one that will let you in."
I could get free from the desk to go do this, he finally relinquished
his system and left at 10 til. He even shut it down for me. Bastard.