Librarian Ire

Monday, April 03, 2006

Let's all count: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...

What is so hard to understand about a book is due in 2 days, then counting the days? People check out 2 days reserve items they are told exactly when something is due and also given a receipt with the exact time, not to mention they can look in their account to see the same information.

Why then do they come in 3 days past the due time to return something and complain about when it is due?
Patron: "I think this book is overdue."
I check it in. "Yes, there's a $15 fine."
Patron with outraged then confused expression. "But.." he points to the tape on the book which says in large bold letters 2 day reserve.
Me: "Yes. That is a 2 day reserve item. It was due on March 30th"
Then the patron starts to count on his fingers. "Why is it $15, shouldn't it be $10?"
I tell him the due date and then count each day with him after that adding on the fine amount.
Patron remains looking outraged and stomps away.

Don't college admissions require basic math skills?! Aren't there also math requirements before graduation?! These people can't even count the number of days a 2 day reserve can be checked out or how many days late a book is after its overdue!

I think I'm going to start living hard b/c I don't want to live to be old enough for these fools to be running things!

2 comment(s):

You think you have it bad? Try working my job.
This is a place that inspires involvement in extreme sports and designer drugs.
It's hard to believe these people are considered the best and brightest.

By Blogger Nike, at 9:26 PM  

I'd look real close at who's considering them "best and brightest". Mostly, when that is said, you can pretty much gauantee it's hooey.

By Blogger Loki, at 8:30 AM  

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