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Libraries should not need busboys--okay?

Dear fellow Public Library patron, whoever you may be:

Could you please not leave cookie crumbs not only strewn all over the computer cubicle but embedded in the cracks between the keys?


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Dec. 17th, 2013 12:55 am (UTC)
Yes, they are disgusting devils.

You wouldn't believe what I've found in the library. Whole boxes of doughnuts. Cans and bottles, falling out of the trash receptacles. Smeared chocolate (dear lord I HOPE it was chocolate) on the computer mice.

I could swear I saw a turd on the floor of one of the ladies' rooms my first year here.
Dec. 18th, 2013 12:14 pm (UTC)
Blood on the ladies room floor is the best.
Dec. 18th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
Bonus points if the entire stall looks like the set of Psycho once the offending mofo is through..
Jan. 20th, 2014 07:12 pm (UTC)
When I was working in my public library system I DID see a turd on the floor.. in the stacks!
Dec. 17th, 2013 02:11 am (UTC)
I don't know about other libraries, but it was the shelver (namely me) who had to do the ten minute before closing clean up. When our system allowed food, things got so, so gross. At least we had hired cleaners :/
Dec. 17th, 2013 03:23 am (UTC)
As the Library Page who ends up cleaning up after said kinds of patrons, I whole-heartedly agree.
Dec. 17th, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
I had to do food patrol in the first library I worked at. It was a small departmental academic library and we had to replace volumes of very expensive journals where people spilled on them then put them back. Over time I learned what to look for and how to spot it. One time I came up behind someone with a coffee between their legs (I had seen him take a sip). I asked him to take it outside the library. He pointed out someone else that had a drink and I said that I knew about it and was going to deal with it. When I came up to her, I said that that gentleman pointed out she had a drink in the library so she had to take it out. A short time later I heard them yelling at each other outside the door.
Dec. 17th, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
not sure why exactly, but that little story made me laugh.
Dec. 18th, 2013 12:35 am (UTC)
Dec. 19th, 2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
Well played; that's a let's-you-and-him-fight manuever that would do Bugs Bunny proud.
Dec. 17th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
this is why, even though i think they're delicious, cheetos and all their orange coated brethren should be illegal to manufacture
Dec. 17th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
bwahahaha! So true.
Dec. 18th, 2013 12:57 am (UTC)
That's so nasty.

Years ago, I had the unfortunate task of asking patrons to consume their food in the lobby when I was a page in an academic library. The majority of them were shocked that the library had such policies, but usually complied. But one student entered the library carrying a steaming bowl of ravioli, and was so upset when I asked him to eat it outside that he accused me of inventing the rule right at that moment so we could steal his dinner and eat it ourselves. The spineless night manager (another student) caved and actually let him eat it at a work table, then lectured me on the topic of "sometimes we've got to give a little to keep the peace".
Dec. 18th, 2013 01:15 am (UTC)
Oh, blargh. People treat public property so poorly.
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