Working retail is a reinforcement of the lesson that people only hear what they want to hear. Last week, before the title was announced, I had a guy asked me if I had a date/title for the new Harry Potter book. While I’m in the middle of giving him a hard time, his friend walks up and we have the following conversation:
Friend: You’re not asking about Harry Potter book seven again, are you?
Friend (shakes head): Man…
Me: Yeah, I asked him if he wanted me to laugh now or wait until he left.
Guy: You are laughing now.
Friend: He asks everywhere we go.
Guy looks away.
Friend: But I do have a question. When is the audio book coming out?
Me: The HP book seven audio book?
Guy cracks up.
Me: Whenever the book does?
Friend: Oh, so it’s not coming out earlier?
Head, meet counter. I should have realized that this was just a sign of what was to come once the title was announced. I’ve done this enough. You would think I would remember. All yesterday, since the title must have been mentioned on the news, I had people coming in, doing their shopping, and I was ringing them up they would ask, “Oh, and could you add the new Harry Potter to that as well?”
“Book Six, The Half-blood Prince, in paperback?”
“No, the new one. I saw it on the news.”
Head, desk. Head, desk. Head, desk.
At least they were really nice about it when I informed them that while the HP had a title, it did not have a street date.