Spoken in the Shop, Vol. 3.

On books as temptation

Customer, with large stack of books in hand: "Someone ought to lock me up!"

Me: "You know, there are worse vices to have."

Customer: "True. The problem is, I'm going to drink at least a glass of wine with each of these." 

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On "you are what you read"

Customer: "I'm reading this book you recommended, and all of the short stories are about infidelity. You're not thinking of pulling the plug, are you?"

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On the power of decision

Manager: "Are we getting a gift card today?" 

Dad: "Yes, we are making no decision." 

Son: "This is a decision." 

Dad: "No, a gift card is not a decision." 

 Son: "Yes, it is. I could have chosen a Target gift card or a Wal-Mart gift card or a Bookshelf gift card, and I chose The Bookshelf. It was a decision." 

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On one-stop shopping

"Oh my gosh, you have chocolate, too?  You're complete!"

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On the perfect present

"Cookbooks are the gift that gives back to you. Now my mom can make me something." 

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On mission

Young girl: "Excuse me; where is your children's section?"

Me: "Oh, let me show you. It's this whole back part of the store, first picture books, then middle reader books, where your kind of books are." 

Girl, wide-eyed, pauses, then claps hands twice. "Let's do this."

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