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    12 Awkward Bookseller Moments

    Being a bookseller is a pretty fantastic job, but booksellers are humans and humans can be very, very awkward. Therefore, booksellers can be very, very awkward. Here are 12 Awkward Bookseller Moments. (No booksellers, books, readers, or bears were harmed in the making of this list. Unless you count feeling awkward as being harmed. In which case, yeah, there's a good amount of that.)

    12. When you show up to work in matching cardigans & spectacles

    11. When the recommendation...

    is way, way off the mark.

    10. When the computer says we have 5 copies

    but we can't seem to find them.

    9. Age appropriate questions...

    ...can be very, very awkward.

    8. When you have trouble spelling a difficult author name, like, KRZHIFANOVSKI

    KRIZHANOVSKY

    CRZIHANOVESKY?

    KRAVAZHOVSKI?

    AAARHGH! NOW I CAN WRITE THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A CORPSE!

    7. When someone tries to return a "gently" used book...

    and the use was not so "gentle."

    6. When an adorable child settles down in the kids' section...

    ...just as the author begins a brilliant AND profanity laden reading.

    5. When someone finally asks about radically experimental works in translation...

    when Josh is on vacation.

    4. When You've Been Waiting a VERY Long Time for the Bathroom Key

    And Sometimes You Wait For a VERY VERY Long Time

    3. When your enthusiastic recommendation of a contemporary book...

    ...prompts the reader to gush about a classic you haven’t read.

    2. The Bait...

    ..and Switch!

    1. When Bear...

    ...is moist.