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So last Friday some young kid thought it would be a good idea to drink a fifth of grain alcohol while in the library.  After I refused to let him fall asleep in the building, his body (thankfully really) decided to expel these toxins from his body over part of the computer area.  While I called the police and gathered his possessions in a bag for him, I asked my co-workers to shut down the computers in the area of the accident due to health concerns (the vomit was red and even if it wasn't, eww unsanitary!) which promptly angered some patrons who just really really needed to use them like right now.  I mean really.  If someone just violently spewed over a whole section of computers I would not want to use them and would make other arrangements, not yell at staff for denying your rights to information. Mofos.


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Feb. 5th, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
Wow, if that isn't the most disgusting thing I've heard in a while. You totally have my sympathies, on all accounts.
Feb. 5th, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
Seriously, people, biological hazard. Red vomit. You want to use the computers after someone has just contaminated them? Maybe we should tell them to volunteer for the CDC and go into areas where plagues are breaking out, since they seem to be convinced of their own immunity.
Feb. 5th, 2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
At least he didn't vomit on the tax forms, we would have had to call the riot squad. I'm still just amazed that peoples need to hang out on the computer all day all the time causes them to lose any sense of dignity or self respect.
Feb. 6th, 2013 01:55 am (UTC)
It's an addiction, that's why they lose their marbles.
Feb. 6th, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
Wow. Ditto the sympathies to you and your co-workers. How do people not understand that you're trying to protect them from a health hazard? They should have thanked you for trying to make sure everyone, from teenager to patrons. would be safe. Hope that your next Friday will be uneventful.
Feb. 7th, 2013 12:04 pm (UTC)
Just as an update, the kid who threw up came in a few days later to apologize, and let us know he's joined AA to help with his problem. I hope he's on the level with that. Now that my initial rage has subsided, I feel really awful that no one who was there that day seemed to care about a young kid who was so obviously in a bad way . As staff was trying to contain the area and I was dealing with the police, no one expressed any concern or offered to help or even acted like what happened was anything more than an annoyance.
Feb. 7th, 2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
That took a lot for him to come in and face that embarrassment. I also hope he gets the help he needs.
Feb. 8th, 2013 05:25 pm (UTC)
Thank goodness that there is a bright side to the story. I'm glad he had the courage to reach out for help.
Feb. 7th, 2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
I could absolutely see patrons at the library where I used to work reacting similarly. "Whaddya mean, I can't use that computer? Nobody else is using it right now!"
Feb. 12th, 2013 01:40 pm (UTC)
I think I would have simply handed the angry patrons a rag, and said.... Wanna use it?? Then clean it yourself....
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