Special Snowflake Loudmouth Blah-Blah-Blah...
Last night, thanks to the magic of a bad patch job of maintenance trying to alleviate the no air conditioning problem, several breakers shut down and crashed all the public computers. If you happened to be on the internet when this happened, you were able to stay on. If, however, you wanted to log into the computer, you were denied access and if you wanted to print anything, the system that allowed you to do so was gone.
It is important to remember that you get two hours on the computer using your library card and more if you want to pay for guest passes.
One patron who had just signed up and was denied access came charging out to the desk and began screaming at us. This lady is considered a "big name" community activist although most people will agree they have no idea what it is she has actually DONE. She's sort of famous for being famous...like Rula Lenska, only on a much smaller, citywide scale.
She starts hollering at me and my two coworkers how we are stealing public monies and not having a functioning library! It's a crime! Something needs to be done! What's wrong with us anyway???
Coworker one suggested that, as we are all bottom of the totem pole librarians, she was wasting her time as we are not responsible for how money is spent here.
"WELL WHO IS??? I will let them have it! I am NOT afraid to tell them! I LOST TWO HOURS I NEED TO BE ON THE COMPUTER AND I PAY TAXES!!!! I'VE BEEN CHEATED OF MY TWO HOURS! I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO MY TWO HOURS ON THE COMPUTER TONIGHT!!!!!"
Both coworkers and I asked her if she was serious about wanting to talk to those in charge.
"YOU BET I AM! BRING 'EM ON. I'LL TELL THEM WHAT I THINK!!!"
So we told her that the library board meeting was just starting and that she could sign up RIGHT NOW to be on the agenda and confront Stone Cold and the board members about the heat, the computer issue and the tax issue.
As soon as we invoked Stonecold's name, she promptly backpedaled. "Oh, wait...tonight? Nononononono...I can't be here tonight. I got an emergency at home. And I gotta get across the street to the canclelight vigil and I'm SO tired, I can't possibly do it tonight."
And she scurried away.
She's back today and I bet nothing will be said. I see so many people like her every day, who are going to go charging upstairs 'cause "they ain't afraid of nothing" and immediately back off when we offer to call the boss for them. If all the people who ever said they were going to do something about the problems at the library actually did something, we would have had a new director by now.......