Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores

By Jen Campbell

Customer: Have you read every single book in here?

Bookseller: No, I can’t say I have.

Customer: Well, you’re not very good at your job, are you?

A simple Twitter question posed by John Cleese – “What is your pet peeve?” – inspired Jen Campbell to start a blog collecting all the ridiculous conversations overheard in her bookstore, everything from “Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?” to the hunt for a paperback which could forecast the next year’s weather; from “I’ve forgotten my glasses, please read me the first chapter” to “Excuse me…is this book edible?”; and from “Can books conduct electricity?” to “My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that’s ok….isn’t it?”

If we didn’t know it already, this irresistible book is proof positive that booksellers are heroes, the world over.

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