Originally Posted by bjorker
Wow, I can see already I'm going to be flamed for this...
I've only read the first few pages of this thread, and I have to say AS A BOOKSTORE EMPLOYEE this really depresses me....As for hiding them... you are creating more work for people that already have way too much expected out of them for crappy pay. It is not their fault that these books have to be there..
I worked at Borders for a year and I can tell you that neither I nor most of the people I worked with would have cared whether customers hid copies of Babywise or not. In fact, many of us were prone to do a little "creative" shelving ourselves.
If customers are hiding copies of Babywise, here's a couple of things that could happen. Usually, each bookseller is responsible for their own little section of the store. If you find books in your section that don't belong, you put them on a cart for reshelving. At the beginning of each workday, someone is responsible for shelving books on that cart. But there are ALWAYS tons of books for reshelving because customers take books all over the store. So a few copies of Babywise here and there is not going to make a difference. Another way this could create work for the bookseller is if a customer comes up, is looking for Babywise, and you take them to the shelf to find the book. Oops - it's not there. So you go to the stock room to check for extra copies. Either there is more there or oops - not there either. You tell the customer sorry, you can't find them, and they either go away or special order the book. If you are super-conscientious, you report the missing books to the person in charge of tracking stock and reordering, but most likely you just shrug your shoulders and go about your day (ESPECIALLY if you're pleased that the book is missing).
Extra work? Maybe, but if you weren't hunting for Babywise, you'd be helping a customer find some other book. The bottom line is, you'll be working either way, and you get paid your crappy salary by the hour. It doesn't much matter what books you're shelving or hunting for during that hour. At least that's how it worked in my day (a few years ago). Maybe booksellers have gotten a lot more anal since then.