Justifiable homicide?

Otter Perry ottertee at earthlink.net
Tue Apr 15 21:26:33 EDT 2003

Robyn Starkey wrote:
> Okay, here's the scenario:
> I was at the bookshop yesterday, and since everyone in the known universe
> has the Merlin Conspiracy, I thought I would ask the woman in the
> children's section if she had any updated information on the release date.
> She was very snippy about this: obviously I didn't understand about the
> publishing business, and just because everyone else has a copy doesn't mean
> I can get it in Canada. Blah, blah, blah, June. So I went home, and not an
> hour later, she calls and says "Your book is in". "What book?" I ask,
> because despite her incompetence and bad attitude, I have ordered several.
> "The Merlin Conspiracy" she responds. So I made some comment like, "You
> could not have mentioned this an hour ago when I was asking you about it
> and you said 'June'?" And she was all, like, surprised that I thought I had
> any reason to be at all annoyed.
> May I kill her?

It depends.  How far is it to the bookstore?

And did she actually know it was in when you were there, or did somebody
hand her a pile of books and tell her to call the people who had ordered
them?  And is the store computerized?
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