patrons, can’t live with them, can’t ban them permanently from the library

Even though I generally dislike the smarmy tone of much of what appears in Mcsweeney’s, I have been enjoying the occasional Dispatches from a Public Librarian. The content isn’t really much different from what you find on RefGrunt, just the tone is somehow much different.

Later that day I received a call from another librarian at the city’s main library asking if I had had any problems that day with a patron. I said yes, and asked the librarian why. He said the man had come into the main library and filed a complaint against me. I asked if he mentioned coming back after I got off work to beat me up. He had forgotten to mention that. [thanks rob]