I had to resist the urge to laugh because he was so awkwardly…not cute. He proceeded to flirt with me through the rest of the transaction, and he wouldn’t take a hint!
Working in South St Louis is hell. It’s harassment every single day from people who look like they never shower or do copious amounts of drugs. Every time I get a meth head who hits on me too persistently I have to have them kicked out by my plaza’s security guard or my store manager. I’ve had to call the cops a few times because I’ve seen some guys waiting outside at night when I’m closing up.
[Image Description: Background is several triangles in a circle like a pie alternating from true red, scarlet and black. A robin is sitting on his perch looking to the right.
Top Text: “I want ‘Catching Fire’ in paperback.” Sorry it isn’t out yet. “When will it be out?” It doesn’t have a date so probably not for a while.
Bottom Text: “Why?” Because it still sells as a hardcover and makes more money that way. “That’s not fair!”]
Actual conversation that concluded with this: After she said it wasn’t fair I didn’t know what to say, so just kind of stared at her. Then she repeated, “That’s not fair!” To which I said, “Sorry?”
She then said, “I shouldn’t have to pay extra for the hardcover if I want the paperback! You shouldn’t be allowed to do that!”
“It’s actually the publisher that decides when and whether it comes out in paperback. Barnes & Noble has nothing to do with it.”
“Well who’s the publisher? I’m never buying anything of theirs ever again!”
I kind of stifled a chuckle and said, “It’s Scholastic Books. It will probably be a bigger detriment to you to not buy their books than to them.”
“What’s that supposed to mean?!”
“Scholastic publishes a LOT of books…”
To which she seemed to give up (seemed) and said, “Oh…” but not being defeated she added, “I’m going to send them a letter making sure they know how unfair this is!” And stormed off.
Sometimes I love how ridiculous my job is.
OMG FUCKING THIS. Customers don’t get that when a book is selling well because of a GODDAMN MOVIE, that publishers will milk the hardcover prices as LONG AS THEY CAN.
NO, THE BOOKSTORE EMPLOYEE CANNOT CHANGE THIS. WE DON’T WORK FOR THE PUBLISHER. DON’T LIKE IT? WRITE A LETTER TO THE PUBLISHER INSTEAD OF CALLING ME A BITCH FOR SOMETHING I CAN’T CONTROL.
This a thousand times. I have people tell me all the time with new game systems, “well this one is at wal-mart for fifty dollars less”.
Me: No, it’s not actually. All new prices are set by the distributor/publisher/etc. No retail outlet can change it except for sales(which are usually prompted by the original companies)
“well why don’t they make it cheaper?”
Me: probably because people are still buying it at $300. Comes with a game so why complain?
“who makes those then? the playstation thing?”
“well I want their corporate number these prices are ridiculous!”
Me: …Here you go. You tell’em. I’m so sure they’ll follow your advice and make that Uncharted Bundle $250 like the system that has half that memory size and doesn’t come with a game. :D