Small child who is going to grow up to be a snowflake (although he seems to be there already).
First, this is partly the fault of my coworkers, who occasionally hand out lollipops to small children. This little fellow knows it and demands one whenever he is in. Today was one of those days. Sorry, but...we don't have any lollipops. At all. None.
"But I waaaaaaannntt one."
"We don't have any today. I am sorry."
"But I waaaaaaaant one!"
Lather, Rinse, Repeat.
I was appalled that one of my coworkers suggested running to the store to get him some candy. "No," I told her. "This is a library. Not a candy store. He's going to have to get used to disappointment."
His mother didn't even say "Poindexter, you have asked and they said no. Please stop asking." Not once. She managed not to say we were mean for not having any, but she didn't manage to suggest to her child that perhaps he needed to listen when someone said "No."
Of course, she also feels compelled to walk behind our desk to look through new books and movies before we put them out, so...you can see the apple doesn't fall far from the tree....
If it were up to me, we would not be handing out goodies, but the boss has set a precedent.
Other than that, still lovin' this new job!
At my old library, I used to spend time on the reference desk, and when I started we'd have bowls of candies out for the students, supplied by the university (wrapped in cellophane with the uni's name on it). Then budget cuts happened, and little promotional extras like that went out the window. Students, who had become accustomed to stopping by the desk for a sugar boost, were disappointed, but mostly reacted understandingly since they knew about the budget cuts. But there were that few who just could not believe
that we weren't giving out candy anymore. What were they supposed to do?? They needed
candy! Were we sure there wasn't any in the back? Really? None? That's crazy!
These were, in case it wasn't clear, university students. At least 18 years old, some as old as mid-twenties. So what I'm saying, Yarnspinner, is that I know exactly what that kid will be like when he's in university.