Saturday, January 08, 2005

Unintentionally Eventful Evening

So in the middle of last night's little St. Louis snow storm, David and I had dinner at Duff's (mmm good--the genetic German in me enjoyed pork chops in Dijon mustard sauce with braised red cabbage) and then walked across the street to Left Bank Books (to burn a calorie or two off). I was looking for a copy of "Great Gatsby" in the downstairs used book section when I heard the door slam upstairs and people shouting and someone yelling. It turned out someone had shoplifted two books, and had started running when the sensors had gone off at the door. The employee told us later she went out and yelled at him "don't ever come back to this store again!" In the meantime, he dropped one of the books (Amber Frey's tell-all).

Unanswered questions: why did he want Amber Frey's book so badly that he wouldn't pay for it? Is it worth shoplifting? What was the other book that was worth hanging on to? Or did he just grab whatever for the thrill of it?

The employee told us that he was very talkative the whole time he was in the store, saying "this is the first time I've been in here," and so on. Look, if you're going to shoplift Left Bank, which is a great independent bookstore, why not go for it with something meaty, not something you can get at Waldenbooks or Target?

Wes pointed out the top link on Blogging Episcopalians didn't quite work, I've gotten it corrected on my page.


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