Two more from the "we're closing" category:
1. How Can You Be Closing? I Just Got Here.
Two nights ago, five minutes before we lock up, a young man walked up the stairs (which were in total darkness) and into the reference room (which had one light on) and went to the (completely shut down) computers and tried to turn one back on. I'm rather ashamed to say that we let him do it, too, because we were wondering when he would "get it." When it was pointed out that we were closing, he asked us how he was supposed to know that.
2) Of course I heard the Announcement, But I didn't Think It Meant Me
We start making announcements at the half hour mark and continue making them at five minute intervals. The computers themselves shut down at the quarter of mark and we have absolutely no control over this. When they shut down, they stay shut down and cannot be brought back up. The provider is the only one who can restart a machine, the provider is in another state (I don't know why, either--as we say "Don't ask questions, just have fun") and I guarantee the provider was NOT in their office on Thanksgiving Eve.
Miss Snowflake was taking a test and decided to save her results at the six second mark...and didn't make it. She immediately trotted over to my desk and demanded I bring the computer back up NOW, so she could see if she saved the stuff and if she didn't, could save it then.
I explained all of the above and she continued to stare at me (I always find this unsettling: do some people have a super power that, when they stare long enough the thing they want to be done for them gets done?). I explained that the provider is in another state and that he wasn't going to be at his post tonight. Finally, I explained that once the computers shut down, they automatically erase everything that was on them.
Her eyes rolled so hard she almost started a tornado before storming out.