Friday, February 10, 2006

Actual Conversations Heard in Actual Libraries #45

PATRON: Hey, do you got any tax forms here?

ME: Yes, sir. They're right behind you.

PATRON: (Turns and notices the large and obvious display of tax forms he missed on the way in the door.) Uh, thanks.

(The patron leafs through a few forms and booklets, picking out what he needs from the Federal side of the shelf.)

PATRON: Uh, you got any more state forms?

ME: (Sighes loudly within head) Yes. They're on the other side of the shelf there, in the yellow bin.

(Long pause)

PATRON: No they're not.

ME: Huh?

PATRON: It's empty.

ME: Oh. Oops.

An employee of a small town "liberry" chronicles his quest to remain sane while dealing with patrons who could star in a short-lived David Lynch television series.