‘Can books conduct electricity?’
‘My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that’s ok… isn’t it?’
A John Cleese Twitter question [‘What is your pet peeve?’], first sparked the “Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops” blog, which grew over three years into one bookseller’s collection of ridiculous conversations on the shop floor. From ‘Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?’ to the hunt for a paperback which could forecast the next year’s weather; and from ‘I’ve forgotten my glasses, please read me the first chapter’ to ‘Excuse me… is this book edible?’
Why I Bought It
I think I first saw someone mentioning this on Twitter. I thought it would be funny not just because I’m a bookworm, but also that I work in retail. It was one of those books that had sat on my Wishlist for way too long until I finally caved and bought it.
This was way too funny.
A lot of it was painfully relatable, especially the one where the customer asks if it’s okay to let their kids climb on the bookshelves. I’ve had way too many customers like that and it starts to become hard to keep my customer service smile plastered on my face!
It was so entertaining to read a book that I could completely relate to. I’ve never found a book before that points out exactly what it’s like to work in retail like this book does.
I loved that it didn’t just focus on one single bookshop. It shows a true mixture of customers by focusing on multiple different bookshops and it made me laugh seeing one near the end that was local to me!
All I need now is a book called Weird Things Customers Say in Retail! (If anyone feels like writing that, I’ve got some gems for it!)
Recommended to: Anyone who has to work in retail
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