I think I mentioned that some of the top reasons people come to the library are to borrow a pencil and to talk on the phone.
Tonight a 40-something gentleman came up to the desk and asked if he could borrow a pen or pencil. My co-librarian rummaged around, and couldn't come up with one, so I handed over the pencil that I use for tallying ref questions.
An hour later he was back at the desk.
"I'm so sorry, could I borrow another pencil? I've lost the one I borrowed while talking with my lady friend on the phone."
(Wonder what kind of talking he was doing on the phone to his lady friend that was so interesting that it caused him to lose our pencil. Hmmm....)
What the heck. I gave him another pencil
Twenty minutes later he was back again.
"I hate to bother you again, but do you have a pencil sharpener?"
I pointed to the sharpener, but he couldn't find it, so I got up and patted the thing, with a cheery "There you go!"
Fifteen minutes to closing.
Will I get my pencil back?
(Yes he did, sheepishly, return the pencil.)