February 15, 2012
I don't know if it's just me, but do any of you find it difficult to return a book to the bookstore? It seems wrong on some level, akin to returning a package of underwear. It's just unseemly. Like I'm trying to return something that you've used "just a little bit." You see, the trouble is that I had placed "The Scorpio Races" on hold at my local library and then completely forgot about it. Around ten days later, I was meeting my girlfriends to go see "One For The Money" (that's a whole 'nother story). I had a couple of minutes to spare, so I dashed into my local Barnes and Noble and BOUGHT a copy of "The Scorpio Races." The next day, I swear, I received a notice from the library that my request was in. I had completely forgotten I had placed a hold and rushed over, head full of anticipation for the mysterious book that awaited me on the hold shelf. Imagine my dismay when I discovered it was the exact same book I had just spent twenty bucks on! Alas, here is where my dilemma occurred. Do I take the book back to B&N for a refund?
Can you return a store-bought book? I honestly I had no idea. The logical part says, "Of course, you can. You can return anything. You can return loaded software, altered dresses, bad cheese. Why not a book?" Because, for me, it felt like returning sexy lingerie. There is something so intimate about a book that to take one home and then return it felt, I don't know, dirty. Needless to say, I wussed. I sucked up the twenty bucks and chalked it up as a loss, head hung low in embarrassment. I could say that the moral of