Last week I began a new series here called Patron of the Week, with our first honoree being Little Miss I-Don’t-Want-To-Pay-All-My-Fine-Because-(insert excuse here). This week I continue the series…
This week’s Patron of the Week comes to us from the Land of Composite in that he/she isn’t just one individual, but is a group of individuals that make up this week’s Patron of the Week. Please welcome Mr./Mrs./Ms. I-Leave-Random-Shit-In-Books (ILRSIB).
As you might can see partially hidden behind the papers hanging off the bulletin board, he/she likes to leave mostly photos, but then also other detritus ranging from an iTunes gift card for the younger crowd to one time an NRA instructor’s manual for the older crowd. But mostly photos are what ILRSIB likes to leave behind for librarians to find.
Perhaps the most embarrassing photo is the one setting on the mantel above, at left, with a woman with a not particularly ingratiating look on her face as she is drinking what looks like a chardonnay in a plastic cup (I’m going to go way out on a limb and guess Franzia) at maybe a family picnic. I couldn’t make the photo any larger so as not to break confidentiality– even though I really, really wanted to do so (well, not break confidentiality, but make the photo larger than it is seen here, but then by doing so, well, I would have broken confidentiality).
However, I did find a photo online representative of how the woman looks in the photo:
Photo courtesy of emotionaltoothpaste/Tracie Masek on Flickr
Included in that same pile of photos is this gem:
I put the smiley face over the subject’s face thanks to Flickr and Picnik, again to protect confidentiality. One of the other staff at the library said she thought it was offensive that somebody left a photo like that in the books they returned. Personally, I don’t find it that offensive. After all, sometimes people forget what they’re doing, where they’re going or where they’ve been, or, to put it another way, sometimes shit happens.