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Old 06 November 2015, 01:36 AM
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Today I went to a bookstore to purchase a book that is too big for me to finish by the library due date.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas

The staff member I asked for assistance not only had never heard of Dumas, he also told me "I just work here. I don't read".

Is it too much to ask for bookstore employees to be at least familiar with classic titles, or at least be able to show me to the classics section?
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Old 06 November 2015, 11:17 AM
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Hey did he say "Dumb Ass"

When I was studying to be a library technician, one of the teachers said, when she managed a library, she would regularly get applications that said "I would make a good librarian because I like to read" So there is that.


But I think the days when the people that worked in shops are experts, or at least a little knowledgeable in what they are selling are gone. Because most see a job in retail as a stepping stone to something better, or something to do while studying. Of course, in my experience, small family owned or specialist bookshops are better then chains. But it hard for them to compete.
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Old 06 November 2015, 11:39 AM
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That last "Little Things That Annoy You" thread has been closed so I am starting a new one. I have never started a thread that has been closed before so I hope I am doing it right.

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What were people with lots of bookcases supposed to do? Haul them all out (heavy!) and leave them precariously in the middle of the room?

Or, more likely, did they simply assume that nobody had lots of bookcases, or for that matter other heavy furniture?

-- that seems to me to be something that should be announced as part of the requirements before people decide to move in, not something sprung on you fifteen years later.

Well since most of the people in my unit block are also owners we are hurting no-one but our-selfs if we refuse and our unit block is condemned. Cause I am sure insurance would have grounds to refuse to pay-out and there goes, what for most of us is a major investment.

But my bookcase and other furntiture are not hard up against the wall, so they simply shone a torch behind the furniture. And used a device which I assume was ultra sound at various points. They were more concerned about cardboard boxes hard up against walls in my garage.
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Old 06 November 2015, 12:06 PM
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Never mind. I read the time stamps wrong. Move along, move along... nothing to see here...
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Old 06 November 2015, 12:24 PM
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Today I went to a bookstore to purchase a book that is too big for me to finish by the library due date.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas

The staff member I asked for assistance not only had never heard of Dumas, he also told me "I just work here. I don't read".

Is it too much to ask for bookstore employees to be at least familiar with classic titles, or at least be able to show me to the classics section?
Heh....I had the opposite problem when I worked at the University library. A student came in wanting to find a poem but he didn't know the name of the poet just one line from the poem. I happened to know it and off the top of my head gave the name of the poem, the author, and the library of congress number of the section where he could go to find a book with that poem. One of the other staff said "Great, now they'll think we can all do that."
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Old 06 November 2015, 01:23 PM
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Hey did he say "Dumb Ass"

But I think the days when the people that worked in shops are experts, or at least a little knowledgeable in what they are selling are gone. Because most see a job in retail as a stepping stone to something better, or something to do while studying. Of course, in my experience, small family owned or specialist bookshops are better then chains. But it hard for them to compete.
I wish he had said Dumb Ass! It would have been better than the condescending tone he had when he said he'd never heard of Dumas. It's funny, I would never have dreamed of applying for work in a retail area I wasn't at least a little interested in, stepping stone or not.

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Heh....I had the opposite problem when I worked at the University library. A student came in wanting to find a poem but he didn't know the name of the poet just one line from the poem. I happened to know it and off the top of my head gave the name of the poem, the author, and the library of congress number of the section where he could go to find a book with that poem. One of the other staff said "Great, now they'll think we can all do that."
I did this with a description of the book's cover once. The other staffers promised to send other customers my way if they got anyone else who only remembered the cover and nothing else.
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Old 06 November 2015, 01:57 PM
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But I think the days when the people that worked in shops are experts, or at least a little knowledgeable in what they are selling are gone. Because most see a job in retail as a stepping stone to something better, or something to do while studying..
I think the fact that a search engine will out perform the most knowledgeable clerk 99.9% of the time as something to do with it too.
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But it sounds like the "Dumas" she got did not say "Let me look that up for you," or "European Classic literature is on the fourth rack over, sorted by author's last name."
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I wish he had said Dumb Ass! It would have been better than the condescending tone he had when he said he'd never heard of Dumas.
Ignorance is understandable. Acting superior about one's ignorance, though? Wow.
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Old 06 November 2015, 02:16 PM
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Good job, but Phil's Girl beat you to it:

http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=92876


Note: This is NOT a thing that annoys me; I'm just providing the information.
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Old 06 November 2015, 02:22 PM
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Wait, so I was right the first time!

Then I REALLY read the time stamps wrong. PG's thread was started an entire day earlier. I was just looking at the hours.

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Old 06 November 2015, 02:30 PM
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Well, Dasla's in Australia so everything is upside down, and with us having switched away from Daylight time here in the U.S, it's like Tuesday for us there or something. I'm not really sure.
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Old 06 November 2015, 05:06 PM
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LTTAM: Laundry. The last couple of washes have turned some of our whites pink. We haven't ruined any important clothing, but I'm still confused as to why this is happening. We didn't wash any bright red clothing. We haven't bought any new clothing in probably six months, and I doubt we've washed anything that hasn't already been washed 50 times. We haven't changed detergents or started using different settings on the washing machine.
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Old 06 November 2015, 05:50 PM
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Perhaps a different chemical composition of the water, either from the source or from a water treatment facility, 1958Fury?

I know more sulfur can make things yellower and iron can cause reds and oranges, but pink stumps me.
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Old 06 November 2015, 06:00 PM
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If it only happens when warm or hot water is used, I would say it's rust in your water heater. Do you have a valve on it to check the water? Try draining some of it to see if there is rust in the water. If it's just started and is only in the laundry it may not be noticeable in the shower or sinks yet. You may also have a rusty pipe, or perhaps your water supply has a rust build-up somewhere that has just become noticeable.
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I believe both of the loads in question were done in cold water.
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Has anyone recently been attending meetings of the Communist Party?
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Old 06 November 2015, 06:17 PM
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Your washer is the new hangout for all the ghosts of missing red socks?

Sorry. I recently went through all my socks to make sure they had pairs, and the pile of colorful singles I have left is annoying me.
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Old 06 November 2015, 06:21 PM
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My current theory has to do with one of us leaving some sort of Halloween paraphernalia in their pockets. We did a lot of costume changes Halloween night.
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Old 06 November 2015, 10:25 PM
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But it sounds like the "Dumas" she got did not say "Let me look that up for you," or "European Classic literature is on the fourth rack over, sorted by author's last name."
Right. I got the feeling since it wasn't a chain bookstore, there was no computer. But I didn't get passed on to another employee or sent to the Classics section.

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Ignorance is understandable. Acting superior about one's ignorance, though? Wow.
In my own experience, the smaller the store, the more superior the employees act. If it's a chain store, the employees don't mind admitting they don't know something, but are also very happy to either use the computer to look for things or find a more knowledgeable person to help.
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