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Douchebags who block the manga aisles at bookstores.
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Posted 11/7/10
a few days ago when i went to borders some kid reading a newspaper comic series thing just came to the aisle and layed down. it was okay at first, but then the kids dad came and sat on a stool so i couldnt even go look at a shelf then the kids mom came and i was mad . They didnt even tell their kid to get up or anything. there were chairs close by, but they let their kid lay down not even telling them to get up. in the other aisle there was this teenage kid sitting down reading the stupid naruto, but at least whenever i walked by he would move his legs which was actually nice. though i tried getting my revenge by flashing the cover of a wrapped manga at the kids parent....it just had a panty shot on it and i dont think they noticed
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Posted 11/7/10

HiddenWithin wrote:


lucychan18 wrote:

hhaahah. i'm one of those people who just plop down in bookstores, some of us can't help that we get so absorbed and fascinated with our boooks that we just need to start reading right away...reading is a serious addiction. haha, but at least i'm fairly conscientious of where i sit, and i move if i see people who want to get to boooks or manga.


But you have respect for your fellow manga-lovers. Other people just need to get their @$$es kicked by their fellow manga-lovers.


I used to do the same thing, but sat on the ends, out of everyone's way!
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Posted 11/8/10

Kippu wrote:


Sasagawa_X wrote:

don't worry girls i use deodorant so it just looks bad :P


It's like you read my mind
Don't the people that work there stare you down? Or harass you with the line "can I help you sir?"
I know I would if I saw a sweaty, bloody man walk in looking menacing >.<


Ha in reply to that

Ive had a few come up to me and ask me if im ok and have you been fighting. i just smile and say it training they then proceed to ask what i do and as any truly passionate person I ramble on until they are bored :P. I think they like the fact i get the kids to move on :)
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Posted 11/8/10
haha i know right!
i went to Border's the other day and i just wanted to browse around and like LITERALLY every aisle
had a person sitting down and were reading their own manga
i didnt want to go through all those people so i jsut left i just told myself that ill go there next time *sigh*
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Posted 11/8/10 , edited 11/8/10

MusicalWarrior wrote:

This has been bothering me for a while. Every time I go to a bookstore to browse through their manga section (which is usually filled with nothing but drivel, incidentally) there are always about five or six kids sitting right in the aisle reading (usually some BS like Bleach). Now, I wouldn't make that big deal about it, if it weren't for the fact that it happens every damn time I go to the bookstore, regardless of which bookstore it is.

Seriously, it's like some freaking epidemic. Oh, and the worst ones, are the inconsiderate little punks who feel the need to sit with their frikkin legs ACROSS THE WHOLE AISLE, and won't even bother to move them, making me step over their lazy asses.

There's also the ones who won't move, even if they're blocking off a section I want to look through. Thankfully, most of them can be kicked out of the way. Unfortunately, there is always the occassional 500-pounder, who absorbs my foot like the freaking blob.

Anyway, I was just wondering if it's like that everywhere in the world, and if it bothers anyone else.


Easy fix. You go up to a store clerk and ask to speak to the manager. You inform the store manager that they have a potential liability problem with people who are sitting and/or lounging in the aisles. If someone tripped over one of the individuals, fell and injured themselves, it would be the bookstore that would be sued. Not could, ...would. Suggest politely that they rearrange the problem sections in open "V" shaped displays where store clerks eyes can easily see the sections, and therefore disperse the squatters.

I have done this in a few stores and have returned to see the manga and graphic novel sections re-arranged in this way with no squatters at all!

Also, bookstores are businesses, not babysitters. They can legally check the identification of any kid caught reading material that is labeled for adults, detain the child, and contact their parents. If you suggest that the manager instruct the employees to do this, it will relieve the store of much of this problem.
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Posted 11/8/10
OMG!! that pisses me off so much!!!! so I wanted to check out some mangas but this idiot was freakin blocking the way! and I was like excuse but he totally ignored me!!
so yes it pisses me off so much!!
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Posted 11/8/10
never really had that problem
Posted 11/8/10

missnthrope wrote:

Easy fix. You go up to a store clerk and ask to speak to the manager. You inform the store manager that they have a potential liability problem with people who are sitting and/or lounging in the aisles. If someone tripped over one of the individuals, fell and injured themselves, it would be the bookstore that would be sued. Not could, ...would. Suggest politely that they rearrange the problem sections in open "V" shaped displays where store clerks eyes can easily see the sections, and therefore disperse the squatters.

I have done this in a few stores and have returned to see the manga and graphic novel sections re-arranged in this way with no squatters at all!

Also, bookstores are businesses, not babysitters. They can legally check the identification of any kid caught reading material that is labeled for adults, detain the child, and contact their parents. If you suggest that the manager instruct the employees to do this, it will relieve the store of much of this problem.


I tried this and the manager told me there's nothing they can do, that all they can do is ask them to move but if they don't they can't force them =_= I didn't buy it but to be honest the thing that makes me angriest about it is tat they read the books nd then don't buy them. THey not only warp the pages and the cover, but they don't seem to care that they are slowly killing the industry >:[ if everyone just reads them in the store...then what reason do the publishers who go through all the red tape to get them liscenced and translated have for continuing in this business? If we don't buy their product, then why are they still giving it to us. The worst was when I saw somone do this with a manga written and illustrated by someone I knew thrugh a mutual friend--who lived in the same town, in a one bedroom apartment scraping by as it was no less. If she didn't make enough sales, the publisher would drop her...luckily, she found a new publisher that has more loyal fans.

It just really pisses me off, not that they're i the way, but because they're ruiningit for everyone else by making harder for the companies to put new series out in north america.
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Posted 11/8/10

MR_Leach wrote:


missnthrope wrote:

Easy fix. You go up to a store clerk and ask to speak to the manager. You inform the store manager that they have a potential liability problem with people who are sitting and/or lounging in the aisles. If someone tripped over one of the individuals, fell and injured themselves, it would be the bookstore that would be sued. Not could, ...would. Suggest politely that they rearrange the problem sections in open "V" shaped displays where store clerks eyes can easily see the sections, and therefore disperse the squatters.

I have done this in a few stores and have returned to see the manga and graphic novel sections re-arranged in this way with no squatters at all!

Also, bookstores are businesses, not babysitters. They can legally check the identification of any kid caught reading material that is labeled for adults, detain the child, and contact their parents. If you suggest that the manager instruct the employees to do this, it will relieve the store of much of this problem.


I tried this and the manager told me there's nothing they can do, that all they can do is ask them move but if they don't they can't force them =_= I didn't buy it but to be honest the thing that makes me angriest about it is tat they read the books nd then don't buy them. THey not only warp the pages and the cover, but they don't seem to care that they are slowly killing the industry >:[ if everyone just reads them in the store...then what reason do the publishers who go through all the red tape to get them liscenced and translated have for continuing in this business? If we don't buy their product, then why are they still giving it to us. The worst was when I saw somone do this with a manga written and illustrated by someone I knew thrugh a mutual friend--who lived in the same town, in a one bedroom apartment scraping by as it was no less. If she didn't make enough sales, the publisher would drop her...luckily, she found a new publisher that has more loyal fans.

It just really pisses me off, not that they're i the way, but because they're ruiningit for everyone else by making harder for the companies to put new series out in north america.


What that manager told you is, frankly, a load of horsecrap. They CAN ask them to move, but they are probably too chickenshit to do so.

In my case, it probably helped that I was dressed professionally and gave the manager a copy of my business card. I also stressed that one of the individuals had tripped me up and that I could have fallen, not only injuring myself, but also potentially the person I would have fallen on top of. I had also insisted that I was planning to contact their corporate offices. Which I did.
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Posted 11/8/10
and while you wait for your trying to look for the manga you want, they sit there and being the klutz i am i nearly tripp over them and have to mumble an automatic 'sorry' -_-
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Posted 11/8/10
I don't really encounter this problem. There are probably two people at the most in the aisles and even then it doesn't bother me at all.
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Posted 11/9/10
this is the reason buying online works. look at teh first book on a manga site then buy it without ever having to waste my energy kicking ppl out of my way!
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Posted 11/9/10

ChopstickSamurai wrote:

this is the reason buying online works. look at teh first book on a manga site then buy it without ever having to waste my energy kicking ppl out of my way!

I don't mind there being a crowd at a bookstore, (lol wut? never) but online is better because it Cheaper. e.g. Book Depository
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Posted 11/9/10
Ah.. ^.^" I do that sometimes, but only when checking out a new manga to see if it was good; besides no one was around. Usually I see people who are looking for manga, so I take my ass and sit somewhere else. Cause I obviously know how annoying it is. I'm glad they're finally putting out bean bags for those people to sit on, near the aisle. XD Yay~
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Posted 11/9/10
Argh!! So annoying!!! I remember a huge group of Naruto enthusiasts (like twenty fifth-graders) were all lined up along the ENTIRE MANGA SHELF reading friggin' Naruto and would not move for the life of them! Thankfully it was friday 13th and my cousin and I always dress up as goths on that day for fun...
though I think when they finally noticed me... I mightta scared the sh*t out of them... ehhehe
Ah well... one of the many uses of dressing up as a goth: Being able to manipulate people without even trying
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