Today is the first day that I had to report a patron masturbating. It was brought to my attention by a wheelchair bound patron who was waiting to use the computer.
As I was walking past, on my way back to the staff area.
Patron: "Ew, just nasty."
I leaned in to hear what he was saying clearly because I thought that I didn't hear him clearly.
The patron whispered in my ear that the man at terminal 351 was masturbating. I glanced over and there he was. One hand inside his pants, just working away; while he used the other hand to maneuver the mouse.
Instead of heading to my desk in the back, I made a bee line for the reference desk, so that I could call security and report the incident. I waited five minutes for an officer to arrive.
I pointed out the offending patron.
THE PATRON HAD THE NERVE TO NOT ONLY DENY IT, BUT TO ASK WHO COMPLAINED. I overheard all of this while I was once again making an attempt to return to my desk in the staff area.
I told the patron that I had seen him with my own eyes. First, he said, " I was scratching myself."
I looked at him with a smirk on my face. He then said, " Don't you have work that you should be doing!"
The security officer simply made the patron get up so that he could be escorted out of the building.
Nasty, just plain nasty!
I go to the library quite often and I haven't experienced any of this. At least, I don't think so.....
Anyway, great blog!
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