For most of my early 20's I worked off and on for a independently run Convenience store (as opposed to a chain like 7-11 or Mac's). Our magazine rack was topped off by what was possibly the largest collection of porn to be found outside of any adults-only shop. We also had a wide array of X-rated video-cassettes for sale, well out of reach of any young shoppers.
In SD's post he questions why anyone still buys porn when it's readily available on the internet. I maintain that some people would rather shell out cash for DVD's than to pay someone to clean their hard-drive once a month. Much like in real-life, the cheaper and easier porn is to acquire, the better chance of picking up a virus.
I have two stories related to the giant porno-fest that was the top-shelf of our magazine racks that stick out in my mind to this day. One day, a girl about my own age comes in, and furtively starts checking through the tapes. After picking one out, she approaches the counter, eyes down. I ring it up, trying my damnedest not to smirk, but I'm kind of a child so I'm not doing a great job.
"It's not for me."
"Okay." It's none of my business, you know?
"It's my friend's birthday and we want to get him a gag gift. My asshole friends made me buy it so they don't look like perv's."
"No worries. That'll be [book value of VHS porn circa 2001], please"
She pays, takes the tape and skulks out. I allow myself a bit of a giggle. A few minutes later, the door jingles and she comes back in, beet red in the face.
"Hello, can I help you?"
"I can't fucking believe I'm asking you this...", she says, grumbling. "Do you have anything with more lesbians? Apparently I picked the wrong one because it doesn't have enough friggin' LESBIANS."
"I.. uh.. um.. don't really know what the um.. lesbian ratio is on any of these movies. I haven't seen them. Sorry."
"*sigh* it's okay. gah. Idiots."
Goes over to shelf, grumbling to herself. Comes back and slams another tape down on the counter and proclaims "I'm getting this one and if they don't like they can bloody well come back here and pick one themselves!!"
My other story involves a group of about 3 college aged guys that came in one day. I smiled and giggled to myself as they were very loudly talking about the selection and I got the impression that this was another gag gift purchase. They made no bones about being in a small-town convenience store buying porn, and I was having a hard time hiding my amusement.
Now, although I was fully aware that we had a well-stocked porn selection, I can't say I was real familiar with the specific titles we carried. So I was totally unprepared when they came up and put this on the counter:
I lost it. In a completely uncompromising professional manner, I started laughing hysterically and could not stop. I tried to duck down behind the counter, but that was a completely pointless pursuit, so between giants gulps of air in an attempt to catch my breath, tears streaming down my face, I attempted to apologize.
"I'm sorry... hahah... I just... I mean I didn't know... SNOOP DOGG... BWAHHAHAHAH... omg.. don't mean to... *gasp* ... just didn't know... *giggle* ....I'm so sorry.. *gasp*.... heheheheheh"
The guys, being in the jovial mood that they were, took my embarrassment from my outburst and just ran with it, feigning great indignance.
"Well, I never!"
"Where's your sense of professionalism?"
"They wouldn't have treated us like this at the Triple-X store!"
Finally I managed to catch my breath and ring them through, but I continued to giggle like an idiot for a good hour after they left.
In other news, my friend Sean who blogs over at SeansJeep got called last night for the lung transplant he's been waiting on. Last update was that he had come out of surgery with no complications. So, although he's not completely out of the woods, that is very very good news indeed. He's got a great support system and we've all be sending our thoughts, prayers, hoodoo and whatnot out for a good recovery.
Karaokeing tonight, haven't been down to the Legion since before Christmas I believe. Feel like having some beers and belting some tunes. There's a coffeehouse tomorrow night as well at a local church so I'll be packing the guitar up and playing some songs there as well.
Enjoy your weekend, all.