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Reference Question of the Week – 8/23/09

   August 29th, 2009

baby carrierOn their way to the bathroom, lots of patrons will ask if they can leave their books or whatever on the Reference Desk.

Generally, this is no problem, although if the item is something the patron owns, we do tell them we can't be responsible for it.

So imagine my surprise when a patron walked up with an infant in a baby carrier and asked if he could leave her there while "took a squirt."

I said no.

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6 Responses to “Reference Question of the Week – 8/23/09”

  1. Michael Says:

    Wow, that’s dangerous

  2. Cari Says:

    Glad you said no. Yesterday my friend said someone asked her for DIY books on how to do an autopsy at home. <.<

  3. Deskslave Says:

    Which is sadder, wanting to leave the baby or using the term “take a squirt?”

  4. Erica Says:

    The mind boggles.

  5. Chris Says:

    Ha, wow.

  6. Oleg K. Says:

    People seem to trust librarians quite a lot. Even with their newborns. At least “squirt” guy does. Hmmm…