Not long before closing, a dishevelled young man approached me at my post. He had the look of someone who was given a Sarah Jessica Parker calender for his birthday and every consecutive birthday since then.
Podge: “Em, ah, ehhh. Do you have the book, Neuroscience for Dummies?”
I check the computer. I know we don’t have but I wanted him to think I was actually trying to find the book.
Me: “No, we don’t stock it. ”
Podge: “Ahhhh, I need to learn about the brain.”
Me: “Honestly, if you’re looking to read into neuroscience I’d avoid that series like I avoid church. You’re better off getting another title.”
Podge: “No, no. I want that book. It’s the only book to use to get results.”
He goes off. His shoes squeaking out the disappointment that courses through him.
Well, he was an interesting fellow. Still, he wasn’t as weird as the man who took pictures of the tattoos on my arms. How could I say no? He did say he was an amateur photographer and likes interesting art, so it would have been a shame to disappoint him. Now that I think of it, he’s probably interfering with his man parts while he looks at them. I should really learn to say no to people. # BaldManProblems.