Monday, 23 April 2012

Vulture: 'Weird Things Customers Say in a Bookshop' by Jen Campbell

I was reading about this book over in Scott Pack's meandmybigmouth blog. The subject matter is pretty self evident; many of the exchanges are hilarious. I particularly liked this one:
Customer: Do you have a book with a list of careers? I want to give my daughter some inspiration.
Me: Ah, is she applying for university?
Customer: Oh no, not yet. She's just over there. Sweetheart?
(a four year old girl comes over)
Customer: There you are. Now, you talk to the nice lady, and I'm going to find you a book on how to become a doctor or a scientist. What do you think about that?
(the girl says nothing)
Customer (to bookseller): Won't be a sec'.  
(Customer wanders off into non-fiction)
Me: So, what's your name?
Child: Sarah.
Me: Sarah? That's a beautiful name.
Child: Thank you.
Me: So, Sarah, what do you want to be when you grow up?
Child: …A bumblebee.
Me: Excellent.

1 comment:

  1. I once did a stint in a bookshop and one of my first questions was "my girlfriend is in to ant farming is there anything you would recommend"
    It was on the tip of my tongue to say "get a new girlfriend" but a need for job security won out in the end