A woman called the library on Friday, and the following conversation ensued.
Woman: Hi, I wanted to sign my son up for the November storytimes.
Me: Okay, and how old is your son?
Woman: He’s 18 months.
Me: Okay, that would be Babies in the Library, which is on Tuesdays at 11:15. Unfortunately, all of the spots are filled—but if you like, I can put your name on the waiting list, and then if a spot opens up, they’ll let you know.
Woman: Well, he’s been going to storytime for a while now, so is there any way he can just kind of get grandfathered into it so he can come to all of the storytimes and I don’t have to keep calling to register him every month?
Me: Um, we don’t do that. We do new registrations each month.
Woman: Well, I work full-time, and I don’t have time to keep track of when all of these registrations start. Can he just come to all the storytimes?
Me: No, I can’t do that. All of the information is kept up to date on the web site, so if you ever need to check…
Woman: [hangs up]
She hung up on me. She hung up on me because I wouldn’t give her kid a special pass into all storytimes for the rest of eternity. This woman really burned me up. Typical parent who thinks her kid is more important than any of the other ones. What I really wanted to tell her was that her child was not special, probably never would be, and certainly didn’t deserve preferential treatment at the local library. Also, she works full time? That’s her excuse for not being able to sign her kid up in time? Well, I’ve got news for her. Lots of people work full time and are still able to function normally. What does she do if, god forbid, she needs to buy stamps from the post office? She works full time! How will she ever find the time?? Maybe she calls them up too, and asks if they can stay open an extra two hours so she can stop in on the way home from her demanding job. Maybe she asks if a postal employee can hand deliver a book of stamps when he brings the rest of their mail around. Because, you see, she’s from Montclair and she’s rich—she probably wonders why that isn’t enough of an explanation for most people. A false sense of entitlement is such a terrible character trait. I hope she doesn’t pass it along to her child.
This woman is the worst.