RECORD STORE TALES PART 112: Klassic Kwotes IX!
1. “I just have this image of Josh shaking his ‘thing'”. Not actually spoken in-store, this was found on the ground on a piece of pink notepaper, after a gaggle of school girls had left the store. Odd.
2. “I’ll tell you something, somebody’s getting fat off that Gumbo thing!” said the surly old man when I showed him the price of the Forrest Gump soundtrack. Too rich for him!
3. “So how is the new N’Sync CD, is it decent?” Why would you even ask this question of a guy wearing a Kiss shirt?
4. “I hear good things about it.” My response. This was a standardized response for if you hadn’t heard the album in question, or had heard it but hated it. For example, “How’s the new Nickelback?” The correct answer would have been, “I hear good things about it.”
5. Another standardized answer for questions like that: “If you liked their last album, you’ll like this one.”
6. “Can I try these out?” said the guy holding about dozen discs, 10 minutes before closing time. (Luckily, we had a policy of shutting down the CD players 15 minutes before close to avoid these situations.)
7. “Sorry man. These things are on timers. I can’t even turn it on.” This is what you said if a simple, “No, sorry man, we’re closing,” wasn’t good enough. And people believed it! There was a neat trick. The headphones were hooked up to these little amps. But if I shut down the amp, there was a good 20-30 second delay before the music died. So I covertly could flip a switch to kill the amp, walk across the store, and be doing something else before the customer’s music stops. Then when they’d say, “Hey, the music stopped, I don’t know what happened,” I would respond: “Sorry man. Those things are on timers. We’re closing and they automatically shut down at this time.” This was reserved for the jerks who abused the players.
8. “Sorry man, this CD is too scratched for me to take,” said I, to the customer selling the disc. His classic response? “Fuck! That’s what you said when I brought it in last time! But this time I fuckin’ buffed it in Turtle Wax!”
9. When we first opened, we had a big huge sign that said “WE PAY CSAH FOR USED CDS“.
10. The man from the sign company came in to fix the sign. He said to me, and I swear to God I’m not making this up — he said to me, “That’s Bill. He spells ‘cash’ wrong on every sign.”
BONUS 11! “Hey man. You spelled ‘cash’ wrong on your sign you know.” No kidding? And Bill fuckin’ spelled it wrong, not me!