Monday, December 29, 2008

Overheard at the Library (it's about pr0n)

Hello everyone. I'm back from a little Christmas hiatus until the end of this week when there will probably be a New Year's hiatus. Anyway. Christmas was good. Logan got a ton of stuff, and now we don't have much room on the living room floor again. Stupid weather (60ish on Saturday with hard rain all day) caused more flooding in the basement, 2-3 inches, so now we're going to have to clean up the floor again. And now we have a sodden area rug that I don't really have an area to leave it out to let it dry. Yippie!

But enough of that. Here's a bit of a conversation I overheard from two patrons I was checking stuff out for on Saturday. The scene: it's rainy, a lot of people are getting movies, the woman is trying to decide if she wants to take a second movie home or not. As background, patrons are allowed ten movies at a time, most of them are for three days. Documentaries and family movies/kids programing is seven days. She was thinking about two three-day movies.

Woman: Will there be enough time to copy it?
Man: It will only take me about as long as the movie is to copy it. We can make a copy and bring it back tonight.
Woman: *goest to get additional DVD and brings it back to counter*
Man: The only things I haven't been able to copy are porno and The Muppets.
Woman: I don't think we should talk about this in front of him. (meaning me)
Man: He can't hear us.
Me: You're all set. Have a good day.

I would have liked to have told them that piracy is illegal, but I like my job, and my family appreciates the income that it provides.


Some dude stuck in the Midwest said...

That's hillarious.

While people are smart enough to try to copy a DVD, why is it that they are not smart enough to know it's really illegal.

It says so on a big blue FBI screen just before the movie starts.

vince said...

Our library has great big signs about copying being illegal, and if they find out (not likely, but it does happen), your DVD/video/CD borrowing privileges are revoked, and it says so on the computer.

vince said...

That is, the computer the librarians use when checking out items.

mattw said...

Vince, if only we had a policy like that. The library I work at is very accomidating to the partons.

MWT said...

Wait, why couldn't you hear them? Was there a screen in between or something?

mattw said...

Nah, they were just on the other side of the counter from me. He either thought he was talking low enough so I couldn't hear or that I wasn't paying attention. Stupid patrons.