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message 1: by Lynsey A (new)

Lynsey A (lovesdarcy) | 170 comments This is a little off topic of HP's but...

So, today I was at the Half Price Books store browsing through their clearance section, cleaning up on new HP's. (I've not seen so many HP's in their clearance racks before. It was awesome).

Anyway, I'm flipping through the racks and I overhear these two teenage girls giggling and laughing about how they've never read a "trashy" (their words) book before. They decide since it is only a dollar they are going to get the book in order to read a trashy novel just to see how cheezy it is. They read the title and then the back, throwing back their heads with laughter at the cheezy description on the back. It was one of those old 80's 3.99 print books. It wasn't one of the authors we are familiar with and know and love, like a Kleypas or Quinn novel.

They then proceed to continue mocking the romance world by commenting on "those books have cowboy doctors?" or something like that in a "so ridiculous" tone of voice.

It really upset me because they're standing there mocking something they have no knowledge about. To be honest, I didn't say anything to them but I wanted to. If you overheard something like that what would you do?

Oh and it turns out they were looking for the Sookie Stackhouse novels. "Are those in sci-fi fantasy?" All about True Blood they were. Hmmm, if they only knew.

Well, regardless, I found so many HP's today! Very happy about that. Oh, and I found another copy of the book I lost while in the middle of reading it. Only 50 cents! :)


message 2: by Verity (new)

Verity | 567 comments I wouldn't even bother 'cuz it's a lost cause anyway. I've experienced the same thing @ local B & N. My sis even told me that she stopped going to local Borders due to the rude & condescending cashiers. She's a lifelong fan of manga, anime & movies featuring animals. She has over 1000 manga. 1 time she bought 'Babe' dvd (she saw this movie in theatre 7 X). @ the check-out counter, the male cashier rolled his eyes, snorted & belittled her purchase : "Babe. Who buys these things ?" She snapped, "ME ! YOUR REGULAR CUSTOMER !" then glared daggers @ him. That shut him up. She had bad experiences w/ Borders 'cuz she placed a special order of a specific volume / title & waited for months, only to find out as she went there, that they ordered the wrong 1 & yet insisted that it was what she ordered. Also when she read the books on the floor, the Borders clerks were v. rude to all the kids, shooing 'em away & talking to 'em as if they're dogs. She stopped buying & is considering Kindle, but she read that Ami got sued by irate customers who said once Kindle got dropped, it wouldn't work & Ami refused to be held accountable.

Ignorant, immature peeps make me roll my eyes but I don't waste my precious time & breath. Those same teens will prolly eat their own words when they convert into romance readers someday. Who knows, they're prolly already closeted romance readers but due to peer pressure, don't wish to admit they read the so-called 'trashy' novels to avoid being labeled 'uncool'.

Glad U found lotsa HPs. Happy reading & don't let those annoying brats ruin your day. Some peeps just don't know when to shut their big trap. They dunno what they're missing.


message 3: by Lynsey A (new)

Lynsey A (lovesdarcy) | 170 comments Verity,
LOL - I thought the same thing that they were closet romance readers. Or at least one of them was and didn't want the friend to know.

Yeah, I'm glad I didn't waste my breath. Tho, I did mumble some stuff. :)

I actually haven't had any issues with cashiers. That stinks about your sister. Although, one time I bought Vickie Lewis Thompson's Gone with the Nerd (I'm a huge GWTW fan - the movie more than the book) so I definitely had to read it. The cashier did snicker at the title but that was it. Really was a ridiculous title if you think about it. :)

Yes, my HP search was successful. Altho, I did end up buying 4 I already had but since they were 50 cents a piece and I had a gift card anyway, it didn't really bother me.


message 4: by Verity (new)

Verity | 567 comments Oh yeah cashiers can be a pain in the @$$. My sis said she exchanged stories w/ her teacher, who had the same bad experiences w/ Borders (the closest bookstore to the university). Her teacher also got miffed w/ the cashier who belittled his purchase, 'cuz the cashier said almost the same thing, "Who would wanna buy this $hit ?" It was like lighting a firecracker on the teacher's fuse. He volleyed back, "ME ! YOUR FUGGING PAYING CUSTOMER !" I was LMAO when she told me this story... gotta luv that teacher's return zinger, his reply was even more snippy than my sister's response. Yeah my sis said the cashier who was registering her purchase, had a nose ring & a tattoo, so go figure, per the cashier's narrow mind, 'Babe' wasn't considered a 'cool' purchase even tho' part of his paycheck came from my sis' money. Borders really should have an orientation where the policy 'Don't bite the hands that feed U" should be hammered into their employees' heads =^D

The special order experience was even worse 'cuz she had to repeat her order 5 X, that she wanted volume # 9, 10, 11 & 13. The cashier kept asking to confirm then never even notified her that her order was ready to be picked up. She had to keep calling to check, then what a bummer that after all that crap, they ordered all the wrong manga volumes.

Ooooo... VLT books are a boatload of fun. I've only read the 1st 2 books in the nerd series. Gotta get the rest. Hahahahaaa... she does have some funny, tongue-in-cheek titles.

I luv GWTW. I saw the movie 1st before the book (MM & Barbara Cartlands were the 1st books that I read that converted me into romance addict). Vivienne Leigh was purrfect but I'm not a fan of Clark Gable.


message 5: by Lynsey A (new)

Lynsey A (lovesdarcy) | 170 comments It amazes me that cashiers can act like that since that is definitely biting the hand that feeds you.

Yes, well, I couldn't really get into her new series about the witches. I read the first one but I just couldn't make it through the second.

Really? I luuuv Clark Gable. :) Another favorite is It Happened One Night with Claudette Colbert. He does such a great job in that one. Yes, Vivian Leigh was wonderful in GWTW. One of my absolute favorites.


message 6: by Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books), Harlequin Presents are my crack! (last edited Mar 01, 2010 10:46PM) (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) (gatadelafuente) | 2277 comments Mod
Lynsey, I've heard people dissing on romance novels so many times, and other things I enjoy. It's hard, b/c you do want to call them on it, but most of the time I just try to blow it off. It's frustrating, and I do dislike this kind of snobbery. I think people diss on things to make themselves feel better about themselves. Even though those girls are making fun of romance novels, they probably love watching Gossip Girl. Go figure. I don't get how cashiers at the bookstore can diss on what their customers buy. It's not professional.


UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish *hangs head in shame* What does HP stand for?


message 8: by Verity (new)

Verity | 567 comments Harlequin Presents.


UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish Duh! Thanks, Verity.

What makes a Presents different from the Blaze or the others?


message 10: by Verity (new)

Verity | 567 comments http://www.eharlequin.com/store.html?...

U're welcome. Hope U'll convert into a fan like us =)~


UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish Thank you, that is a great link!!!


message 12: by Samantha (new)

Samantha | 23 comments Lynsey ignore those people. I don't get it. I was at the doctor the other day and one of the staff members (a male) and me got into it because I was reading a romance novel. He was kept mocking the love scenes and talking about people should be reading other forms of literature. At first I kept going back and forth with him but then I stopped. I said "for someone who thinks this is poor literature, you sure know about the love scenes pretty well, which lets me know you picked a romance book up before." I then let him know I would not put up with his behavior and inapproriateness and if he continue his supervisor was going to hear my mouth. You know I wouldn't have been mad if he didn't talk about my books to other staff members and act like I couldn't hear. I was sitting right there. Who wants to be picked on!


message 13: by Lynsey A (new)

Lynsey A (lovesdarcy) | 170 comments Wow, Samantha! How unbelievably rude! I'm glad you said what you wrote you said. :)

I've never had an experience like that but I can only hope I can handle it as well as you.

Danielle, LOL - I wouldn't be surprised if they do watch Gossip Girl. I absolutely agree that it is completely unprofessional of a cashier to mock a person's purchase. Some people.

Typically, I do try and ignore those people. Sometime, though, it just rubs me the wrong way.


message 14: by Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books), Harlequin Presents are my crack! (new)

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) (gatadelafuente) | 2277 comments Mod
Well done, Samantha. I think that guy is extremely lame, if he has nothing to keep him busy besides tormenting you for your reading choices.

Lynsey, I despise snobbery. It's like sandpaper against my skin. So I feel what you're saying here.

Dhestiny, I think that Verity hooked you up. If you have any more questions about HPs, shoot. :)


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