Pet Peeves of Working in a Bookstore
Anyhow, there are a 101 funny stories from my time there and they were often the direct result of the absurdity that is the American Consumer. People are selfish and our retail led culture panders to that selfishness by, well, pretty much giving them whatever they want no matter how badly they act.
Over the summer, Barnes & Noble’s biggest competitor, Borders, filed for bankruptcy. With their stores closing, one employee apparently got to declare what the employees of any solvent retail organization would never dare; He got to list a number of grievances that the employees had with their customers. So, without further ado:
Here is a Borders Bookstore’s employee’ “Things We Never Told You: Ode to a bookstore death”(and you can believe Barnes & Noble employees have a similar list)
++ We hate when a book becomes popular simply because it was turned into a movie.
++ It confused us when we were asked where the non-fiction section is.
++ Nicholas Sparks is not a good writer … if you like him, fine, but facts are facts.
++ We greatly dislike the phrase “Quick question.” It’s never true. And everyone seems to have one.
++ Your summer reading list was our summer reading NIGHTMARE. Also, it’s called summer reading, not three days before school starts reading.
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