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I didn't need to know that

I work in a medical library that's open to the public.

Today, a gentleman called asking if we have books on infant circumcision procedures. I check the catalog and nope, some histories but no books about the procedure itself. But we do have some general medical textbooks with several pages each on the topic.

During the course of the conversation, the man said:

"Fortunately, my circumcision wasn't botched."

And once he found out where the library is, he went on a tear about how it's a bad neighborhood and he doesn't want to have to walk through the projects to get to us. I stayed silent, seething, waiting for him to realize just how classist and racist he was being. He did try to dig himself out of the hole a little by the end, but it was too little too late.

Needless to say, I hope he doesn't end up coming to pay the library a visit.


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Jul. 11th, 2014 08:27 am (UTC)
Jul. 11th, 2014 12:03 pm (UTC)
"Fortunately, my circumcision wasn't botched."

Pshaw! That? Is nothing. I know sooooooooo much detail about the private, disgusting lives of my patrons that I would love to forget.

Them: "And then I had to go have this mole taken off cause it looked funny..."

Me: ::inside:: Please don't show me, please don't show me, please don't show me"
Me: ::outside:: "Oh - sorry to hear that."

Them: "SEE?"

Me: ::ohgodmyeyes::
Jul. 11th, 2014 05:15 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm, sounds like he has a few issues other than a supposedly botched circumcision. Should you be unfortunate enough to have this person come in make a recording of "You need to see a urologist" and just keep playing it over and over. Don't let him suck you into any debates or attempts to help find medical references. You've already looked, there aren't any, his best bet would be a urologist. Sorry.
Jul. 11th, 2014 10:31 pm (UTC)
Although the patron's comment does have an air of Suspiciously Specific Denial, I can think of an even worse-case scenario--perhaps this guy is expecting a son and plans to do the honors himself?
Jul. 12th, 2014 01:25 am (UTC)
I get the impression he's one of those anti-circumcision campaigners. So whatever info I help him find, he'll turn into something he can use to build his case as to why circumcision is wrong.
Jul. 11th, 2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
I had a professor here at the college where I work tell me he had a vasectomy. This was a guy I had only met maybe 2x in my life, the last time a good 15 years ago.

Jul. 12th, 2014 04:01 pm (UTC)
You've already demonstrated to him that it would require too much effort for him to come and see you. Most likely, he'll just do a Google search and take the first result as the absolute truth.
Jul. 12th, 2014 04:58 pm (UTC)
If only. He told me he doesn't use computers.
Jul. 12th, 2014 05:21 pm (UTC)
Ah, so they're one of those people who willingly cut themselves off from information because they find it distasteful to use technology. Hopefully the library they do go to will be able to handle him and give him the information he wants.
Jul. 12th, 2014 05:33 pm (UTC)
I dunno. The public library told him to call my library.
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