Wherein I express myriad incredulities

Stacks Flasher

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LIC stands for Librarian in Charge.  In the public library, from my experience, this is not typically a desirable position.  When you are LIC, you are the library problem solver/mediator/scapegoat, and when you don’t WANT this job, bad things happen when you have it.  Like the Stacks Flasher.

Allow me to preface this entry with an observation regarding the position of libraries in the community: Libraries are the only climate controlled place for people to loiter and not be hassled unless they do something illegal or you’re trying to close the building.  Summer is hot.  Public libraries tend to be pretty busy when it’s hot, and a public library will typically see an influx of the transient during this time.

Which brings us back to the Stacks Flasher.  Stacks Flasher was a transient man who flashed one of the shelvers back in the stacks one summer afternoon during one of those unfortunate times that I had to act as LIC.  Well, I don’t know if it counts as “flashing” when it’s more like “prolonged indecent exposure that makes decent people FREAK THE HELL OUT.”  Because, you know, when you need to relieve yourself, the public library stacks are TOTALLY the place to do that.*

Oh, the poor, poor shelver.  Rarely have I seen someone so traumatized.  I felt like a triage nurse.  As such, I was happy to console her, and then she reminded me that I was Librarian in Charge and had to call the police.  Damn it all.

So the police were called.

We had to give statements, and they asked a lot of questions that we couldn’t answer. (How were you supposed to notice anything else aside from the obvious exhibitionist parts?)

And then for the rest of the time I was there, we all lived in fear of the dude showing up again.  I hear that they caught the guy a little while after I left – and good, because flashing is NOT COOL AT THE LIBRARY.  At least we haven’t had to contend with that at my current library (nevermind that the custodian keeps finding syringes in the bathrooms). I WORK AT AWESOME PLACES.

*In case it wasn’t obvious: no, the public library is not the place to do that.  Please have mercy on my brave friends in public libraries who prefer to retain their faith in humanity and leave that business for some place that no one has to see.


Written by fudgebudget

August 14, 2010 at 2:08 am

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  1. […] who does this on a regular basis. At the public library, we had Crazy Hannah Montana Dude, the Stacks Flasher, and before we had an enclosed desk there was a myriad of people who would sneak up behind us and […]

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