I turn this over to you, gentle readers. A librarian friend of mine sent me this:
One of our patrons keeps trying to endlessly engage us (staff) in his religious tirades. He's been told it's not appropriate and he screams discrimination and says if he were discussing the sports scores no one would say anything. He's probably right.Yesterday he called to look for some books. While I was checking for them and making some requested changes in his library record, he asked me if I had accepted Jesus as my personal savior. I managed to say I was looking for his materials and didn't want to discuss it but he kept at it and at it. Any time now he'll be coming in to collect the two books I got for him. The staff is dreading this. So how should this go? If he were indeed to talk about sports I would at least try to nod and smile. I don't want to talk religion with him. He says things like if I'd just listen, he could save me from eternal damnation. If I say I don't want to be saved, that just opens up other trails for him to go on.There shouldn't be different rules for staff and patrons for dealing with this guy. Just because we're public employees, we don't have to put up with this, do we?