Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
'My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that's ok... isn't it?'
A John Cleese Twitter question ['What is your pet peeve?'], first sparked the 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' blog, which grew over three years into one bookseller's collec ...more
years ago, i read Overheard at the Bookstore, and since i was new in the bookstore career, i laughed appreciatively. now that i have been employed here for what seems to be more than half of my life, my laughter towards this latest book is fueled by a sort of desperate recognition and tinged with melancholy.
oh, my bookstore sisters and brothers, come to my sweet embrace. i was going to start a section in my writing for my tales from the stacks, but instead, i a ...more
I laughed out loud so many times reading this book.
Some of the questions these bookshop employees were asked were so shocking it made me wonder, not for the first time, how some people manage.
Or as my husband often says to me (out of earshot) of our know-it-all son who is often found loudly proclaiming misinformation, “How does he not fall over more?”
Some of these people wondered into the bookshops Jen Cambell worked at and asked some rather stupid things.
Some of my personal favourites are:
"Where's your true fiction section?" (Isn't that an oxymoron?)
"Do you have anything written by Jan ...more
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores is a celebration of bookstores, large and small, and of the brilliant booksellers who toil in those literary fields, as well as the myriad of colorful characters that walk through the doors everyday.
My favorite quotes (and illustrations) taken from the book:
“CUSTOMER (to her friend): What’s this literary criticism section? Is it for books that c ...more
Every time Twilight was mentioned I felt a bit strange. I'm starting to think, that that book changed a lot of people.
A story that I've witnessed just recently:
I love humor. It is an essential part of life that helps you bond with people (or avoid people), recover from difficult times, see lif ...more
“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?”
Books are awesome. As I’m prone to do, I’ll quote Sir Terry Pratchett here: “A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.” I spent my childhood browsing every bookstore in the small town where I grew up and making weekly trips to the library.
We book readers and bookshop and library patrons are clearly a superior subspecies o ...more
Cust: Do you have a book of mother-in-law jokes? I want to give it to my mother-in-law as a joke. But you know, not really a joke at all.
Cust: Do you have a copy of 'Atonement'? But not the film cover, please. Ke ...more
Some of my faves:
Customer: "If I had a bookstore I'd make the mystery section really hard to find."
Customer: "Do you stock Nigella Lawson under 'sex' or 'cooking?'"
Bookseller: "It's a tough call, isn't it?"
Customer: "Do you have Harry Potter, book seven, part two?"
Bookseller: "Book seven is just one volume."
Customer: "But the movie has two parts, so there must be a second book. They don't just ...more
I used to imagine book selling was the happiest, most relaxing job in the whole wide world. I was terribly wrong! I thought I was already weird but the level of weirdness of a lot of people who go to bookstores is wow, just unbelievable!
Now, I know I can never work at a bookstore. I’m too soft for the job. Lol! This is the perfect stress reliever or readi ...more
I think this one would work better as a book you pick up here and there and read a page or two. Reading it all at once, it seemed to loose something along the way. I have another book like this, but about travelling, and I pick it up here and there for a laugh.
I second Neil Gaiman’s sentiment when he said this regarding Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
So funny. So sad…Read it and sigh.”
Some of the comments made me laugh right out loud, some were really mean-spirited and yes, some were sad and some just left me scratching my head. I focused on the funny, which most are. If you’ve got an ...more
This is an actual quotation from Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops. The book is mainly a collection of genuine questions recorded by the proprietors of two independent bookshops, plus a few other extras. Some are laugh-out-loud funny, some are unbelievably cheeky or bordering on criminal. What do you think about a person who goes into a bookshop every morning out of the rain while she waits for her bus. Is that OK? Well, perhaps it is. But if she ...more
A few of my favorites:
"Where is the true fiction section?"
"Do you have any books by Jane Eyre?"
Do you have Fiddler on a Hot Tin Roof?"
"Would you mind if I photocopied this recipe?"
Overall, a good little side-read with some cute illustrations, but expected a bit more bang for my buck(s)!
"Where's your true fiction section?"
(To this day I have no idea what the person meant.)
"You must get so much time to read, just sitting here surrounded by books."
(I once had a customer assume I'd read everything in the store. It was a relatively small bookstore rather than one of the big chains, but still -- not cool to be indignant that I haven't read every title we stock.)
"I'm looking for a book for my son. He's only seven but ...more
But it figures, since the customers that are visiting bookshops are often equally weird. Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops proves just that. It contains a collection of the most peculiar and hilarious things customers have said in bookshops from all over the world. I could ramble on about how hilarious (and shocking!) this book is, but I could also pick a few random dialogues, so you get to decide for yourself. Enjoy!
Customer: I' ...more
It’s a good thing customer service exists because the amount of stupid people came out with was bizarre. And there’s no way you could’ve pointed out their stupidity in a polite manner.
How have the booksellers survived? It’s like the customers were asking you to get angry.
You know that saying, that there’s no such thing as a stupid question? Well, we’ve been lied to! This book proves it.
Humans are amazing. I adored this so much! I know it’ll be something I’ll flick through ...more
Time changes and with time, people. For me, libraries and bookstores are sanctuaries. Great places to breath, talk and recommend books. But I'd never in my life had thought it would be a a place to crack up with weird people and their weird questions.
CUSTOMER: Hi, I just wanted to ask: did Anne Frank ever write a sequel?
CUSTOMER: Yeah, but Voldemort killed Cedric, who’s ...more
Customer: Do you have any books by Jane Eyre?" (If only!)
I had a very brief career as a bookseller just after college, so reading this book was a fun reminder of some of the weird things customers say. :-) A funny, quick read. (Borrowed from the library, though I should have bought it from a bookstore!)
“I tell you something, you must get some odd requests, working here.”
“Is this book edible?”
A very entertaining collection. My favorite is the one with the Twilight-Wuthering Heights-Harry Potter mix. Hilarious!
Bookseller: Yes (takes customer to section)
a few minutes later customer moves to the front door with a book in his pocket
Bookseller: Are you going to pay for that book?
Bookseller: (takes book from customers pocket) Please don't come back
Customer: Does this mean I have to bring back all of the other books I've taken?
Customer: Do you sell mobile phone top up cards?
Bookseller: No, we're a bookshop, we only sell books
Customer: Not ...more
CUSTOMER (having read the blurb to Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief aloud to his son): Excuse me, is this book based on a true story?
BOOKSELLER: It’s about an American teenager discovering he’s the son of Poseidon by accidentally vaporising his maths teacher.
BOOKSELLER: So, no.
CUSTOMER: Do you have this children’s book I’ve heard about? It’s supposed to be very good. It’s called ‘Lionel Richie and the W ...more
I used to work at a stationery store and had a couple of weird customers but not too many.
I also worked at a shoe store that had it's fair share of strange customers but for some reason, the customers that come into a bookstore are on another level. A lot are downright rude, many I don't understand how they function and some I assume have to be pulling my leg, they are that ridiculous.
Here's some of the weird customers I expe ...more
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CUSTOMER: I really enjoyed her first book.
BOOKSELLER: Her diary?
CUSTOMER: Yes, the diary.
BOOKSELLER: Her diary wasn’t fictional.
BOOKSELLER: Yes... She really dies at the end – that’s why the diary finishes. She was taken to a concentration camp.
CUSTOMER: Oh... that’s terrible.
BOOKSELLER: Yes, it was awful -
CUSTOMER: I mean, it’s such a shame, you know? She was such a good writer.”