So, I got into a fight with a librarian last night.
I’ve always been a pretty avid reader, but as some of you might remember, I don’t actually READ books anymore. For the past 5 years or so, I have preferred to listen to my books on audio CD.
I really enjoy it. I load the book up onto my iPod, and then I can “read” my book whenever/wherever I want. Driving to work, while I’m in the gym, wherever.
Anyway, I usually get my books from the local library. Last week, I was stoked to find out that they had a new book I had been waiting quite a while to read, the latest in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, “The Gathering Storm”. I quickly rented it out, and brought it home.
Once I got home, I started loading the CD’s (there are 24 of them.. these are BIG books) into my PC. Everything was going all ducky until I happened to look at the box cover, and noticed a little sticker that proclaimed that there should be 26, not 24, CDs in the box.
I only HAD 24 CDs. I quickly listened to the end of the 24th disc, in the hopes that the sticker was mislabeled, but no dice there…. The 24th CD concluded in the middle of a chapter.
Now, I COULD have just brought the discs back to the library, thrown them up on the “Returns” pile, and walk away, but when I got there, I decided to be a good citizen and alerted one of the staff to the problem.
She left for a second, and when she returned, she told me: “I’m sorry, but you are libel for the lost material”
“When we check out any audio CDs, we always check to make sure that the correct number of CDs are in the case before we loan it out.”
“Well, that obviously isn’t the case this time. I literally came home, opened the case, and saw that 2 discs were missing”
“But as I said, we always check the discs”
“Then SOMEONE back there needs to stop counting on their fingers and toes, because SOMEONE made a mistake this time.”
That probably wasn’t the smartest thing to say, but I was getting mad. These damn things cost about $40 a piece. There was NO WAY I was paying for this.
“Well, I can’t check this in. It’s defective. You will need to speak to the manager who comes in tomorrow”
So, I huffed and I puffed, and I got the manager’s name. I called her first thing this morning.
“I’m sorry sir, but I checked our records, and you were the FIRST person to take out this collection.”
“I don’t care if that’s MY damn VOICE on the recording! I never RECEIVED the 2 missing CD’s."
“Well, I will speak to the technician who actually checked you out and call you back.”
Then she hung up.
I thought, “What the Hell good is THAT going to do?”
True to her word, I got a call back 5 minutes later.
“I spoke to the technician, and what we feel now is that we never received the missing discs from the manufacturer. We will contact them about them. We can consider this matter closed.”
I am absolutely dumbstruck. What the Hell could have POSSIBLY taken place in that conversation with the technician to make the manager change her tune?
“Hey technician, do you remember checking out this book last week?”
“Sure I do!”
“And did you remember to check how many discs were in the case when you checked it out?”
“I sure as FUCK did!”
“And what did you see?”
“I saw that the case was missing 2 discs, but I said ‘Fuck it’ and gave it to the poor jackass anyway. I thought it would be funny”
“Good job, technician!”
Anyway, I’m happy to not owe the library anything, but this whole thing really ticked me off.
P.S. Unfortunately, the librarian I spoke with did NOT look like the one in the banner picture. If she did, I probably would have just paid the money. I maybe would have even paid extra for a lap dance.
NO TITLE, NO IDEA
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