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Reference Question of the Week – 1/24/10

   January 30th, 2010

Raggedy AndyPatron comes to the desk and asks,

Are you Andy?

I say no, and he looks a little puzzled, but then continues:

Oh. We can't make the projector work for our meeting, and when I asked for help and the desk upstairs, they said come down here and ask for someone. I forget what name they said, but they said look for the redhead, so I just figured your name must be Andy.

And yes, he was serious, but he did apologize when I said my name is Brian.

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2 Responses to “Reference Question of the Week – 1/24/10”

  1. Mamie Says:

    I’m sorry that happened, Brian, but it’s just so classic. I’m surprised he admitted why he thought your name was Andy. People never fail to amaze me! 🙂

  2. Brian Herzog Says:

    I know, right? I wish I could make things like this up. A needed course in library school is teaching librarians how to keep a straight face in situations like this. Or like on Friday, when someone asked me for a different colored keyboard (ours are black) because he wanted the letters on the screen to be a different color. I mean, I’ve got pretty good self-control, but that was a challenge.