I don't have any material that will be enough for a full blown post, so I'm just going to throw together some small things that happened throughout the week:
- One customer entered the store and asked me if I knew music pretty well. Just the older stuff I told him, not the current bands (I'm over 30, and like the classic rock era....I just don't get the new bands at all). "George Thorogood....." he starts to say, so I chime in "yeah, Delaware Destroyers, I'm with you so far....."
"You know that song they do - keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel......."
Oh, no you didn't. The Doors are my favorite band, please tell me this guy didn't mix up Geroge Thorogood with the DOORS! I went on to explain to him that James Douglas Morrison along with the rest of the Doors did that song, called Roadhouse Blues, and it's on the Morrison Hotel CD. Just because Thorogood sings about beer doesn't put him on the same level as the Doors. Needless to say that put me in a bad mood....
- Speaking of bad mood, a young boy and his mother come in to sell a Gamecube. I ring it up and ask for ID. The mother doesn't have any so they leave (we require ID for all sales, just for protection.) They come back in the next day, same situation, only now with ID. So when I ask for it again, the woman starts playing 20 questions. They start out simple, then get absurd.
"Why do you need ID?" "Why do I need to sign the paper?" "Where do you store the ID?" "What happens to it in the end?" Here's my favorite: "What kind of security system do you have?"
I told her about the motion sensors and the alarm. "That's fine if you're closed, but what about during the day? " I pointed to my eyes and said "state of the art monitoring equipment." "How many employees are in the store? Will someone always be watching?" Nobody is going to jump me and wrestle past just to get your ID lady, relax. Eventually she broke down and sold the Cube.
- I sold a Sims Gamecube to a woman one day, without instructions. Bad move. She calls an hour later wanting to know how to play. I don't play the Sims, so I sent her over to Gamefaqs. Gamefaqs is your solution to just about 95% of customer questions - it has walkthroughs, instructions, cheat codes, it makes my life easier. Only this time, it only lists PS2 version controls. She calls back in another hour and says she can't find help on the site. She then asks me to fax the instructions to her. Ummmm.......I don't have them to begin with. And only the government should be able to fax things......the general public shouldn't be trusted with such technology. I googled around a bit and read her the controls over the phone. I remember a time when games were A=shoot and B=jump. Those were happier times.
- And finally, on a funnier note, I had a cute couple come in and head for the retro section. They finish up with a handful of NES games, and ask for some obscure game show port, I think it was "Remote Control". Remember Remote Control with Colin Quinn? Of course I don't have it, and they start to cute couple play fight. "Luck he doesn't have it, I'd have to kick your ass like in the other games." The girl replys, "I destroyed you in Blades of Steel, so don't go there......" Then the guy drops this bomb:
"Oh yeah, you can't even find the whistle in Super Mario Brothers 3".
Burned. She laughed and walked away, so I warned the guy that this pile of games might eventually lead to a break up. He laughed, and she came right back over and said "what are you laughing about?" Cute couple.