Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Something in the way she said, "but I don't know how to work a copy machine" makes me think she's not at Duke, despite what her sweatshirt proclaims.

4 comments:

sarah said...

You might be surprised. When one is not accustomed to personally completing the menial administrative tasks generally deemed to be beneath those of high social and economic standing, operating complex machinery like a copy machine can be quite the daunting task.

/sarcasm, from a town dotted heavily by the aforementioned sweatshirts...

cnb said...

why is it that regardless of what company i'm working for, i always end up as the copier guru?

Lisa said...

CNB, at the ref desk at my lib, we almost never have to help with the copier. It's closer to the circ desk, so our awesome circ staff get stuck with that chore.

But, Ms Duke and her friends were working at a table that put me in her line of vision. She actually started with something like "can I copy this?" and I decided to make it a Directional question and said, "Sure the copier is that way: pass the row of computers and turn left." I figured a group of 11th or 12th graders all could work a copier, or at least sent the person who could. . . .

Day, I hadn't considered that it was simply beneath her. We do have some fancier subdivisions springing up near the lib.

cnb said...

Given that the patron is a teenager, I would bet she was embarrassed that she didn't know how to use a seemingly simple machine like a copier, and didn't want to waste $$ by making a mistake. That's what happens here 8 times out of 10, the other 2 times, it's laziness.