The other day a guy came into the library looking to get a library card. We chatted while I entered his information into the computer and he seemed nice and friendly and, you know, normal. What I would later learn was that he was also a totally stand-up guy.
After getting the card, the gentleman returned to purchase a book from our book sale truck:
Miss Print: “After all that, you’re buying a book?”
Stand Up Guy Patron: “Well, I’m going out of town so I didn’t want to have it for too long. How long can you keep books?”
Miss Print: “Three weeks.”
SUGP: “Oh, well then I could have checked something out.”
Miss Print: “It’ll be a dollar for that one.”
SUGP offers me a twenty dollar bill. The register almost never has change for a twenty, such was the case that night.
Miss Print: “Do you have anything smaller?”
Miss Print [considers]: “You can just have it.
SUGP: “I couldn’t.”
Miss Print: “No, take it. Just give us a dollar donation or something the next time you have change.”
SUGP [takes book]: “I am going to come back with a dollar for you.”
And maybe a half hour later he did. Because he was a stand-up guy like that.