This really has nothing to do with movies, but I loved it. New York Magazine’s Vulture blog today pointed me toward a blog by the British writer Jen Campbell, who works in a used-book store and has written several entries entitled “Weird things customers say in bookshops.” As someone with a great love for a) bookstores and b) eavesdropping, I found these utterly irresistible. Here are a few excerpts; you can read the whole thing here.
Customer: Hi, I’d like to return this book, please.
Me: Do you have the receipt?
Me: Erm, you bought this book at Waterstone’s.
Me:…. we’re not Waterstone’s.
Customer: But, you’re a bookshop.
Me: Yes, but we’re not Waterstone’s.
Customer: You’re all part of the same chain.
Me: No, sorry, we’re an independent bookshop.
Me: Put it this way, you wouldn’t buy clothes in H&M and take them back to Zara, would you?
Customer: Well, no, because they’re different shops.
Customer:… I’d like to speak to your manager.