Wednesday, March 13, 2024

There is someone for everyone


My very worst co-worker was not working today. But she leaves behind a long trail.

I was helping a library visitor at the front desk and found there was a note on the person's record left by my worst of all colleagues:

"REI invoice that patron left behind is in the lost and found"

I rolled my eyes. 

Not only was this invariably a scrap of used paper of no importance that should surely have been thrown away, but I am also certain that my co-worker managed to spend at least an absurd half hour on this task, endlessly composing the twelve-word note, staring blankly at the screen, putting another note on the invoice, and then likely filing it in some ridiculous place where no one will ever find it.

Still, I felt duty-bound after all of this to see if the library patron might want this dubious invoice.

"It says on your record that you left behind an invoice from REI a few months ago. Do you want it if I can still find it?"

"No, I don't need it." The patron replied. "But that is so incredibly kind of you all to put it aside! If you can find it I will take it and throw it away so you can clear it off my record." 

While I processed this strange solution, the person added: "This is so nice what you've done!" They opened up their wallet and removed a five-dollar bill. "Here, I'd like to donate this in thanks."

I tried to tell them how unnecessary that was, but the patron absolutely insisted, so I threw the money in the cash register and thanked the person. Then I went to look for the invoice.

I couldn't find it anywhere.

I didn't offer to return the five dollars.

Sneaking in another few new, especially psychedelic water pictures here just because I can:

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