A meek standoff: three people huddled around a computer terminal at the downtown branch of the library on Tuesday afternoon were talking to each other, in somewhat hushed tones, when a man sitting across from them said, “You all need to stop talking.”
“Excuse me?” one of them said.
The man stood up. “You all need to stop talking. It’s against library rules and it’s disrupting me and if you don’t stop it then I’m going to tell the security guard.”
“You can tell whoever you want.”
The man pushed his chair back and crossed the library in a huff. A high school kid slouching nearby, without taking his eyes off his cell phone, said, “Somebody woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.” The angry man motioned for the security guard by the door by curling his finger in a cartoonish way and muttered, “Heh, heh, heh” as the security guard ambled over slowly. He told the guard, “Those people are talking.”
The guard looked over at the three people and then looked back to the man. “Yeah?”
“Are you going to tell them to stop?”
The guard sighed, and ambled over to the group. “Y’all need to stop talking,” he mumbled, and once they agreed he ambled back over to his station by the front door.