Hmmmm Comic War Stories?
How about when customers "butcher" the names of comic characters?
I never knew how badly some people could mangle the english language. I've had people ask me about Captain Brian (Captain Britan) Rouge and\or Ragu (Rogue)but the most amazing one was when DC published a mini series Crucible, I had one guy ask me if I had any copies of CRUC-I-BILE left.
Speculators: Got lots of stories about these.
One was when we were limiting copies of Superman#75 to 2 per customer. We were getting quite a brisk stream of customers in,
when some told us that there was a guy outside who was asking people who went into our store to pick up a copy of Superman#75 for him. Apparently he ended up with around 20 copies before we booted his ass.
Another disturbing one was when the Alpha Flight Northstar "coming out" issue was released. I actually had chowderheads asking me where they can "get that book with the fag in it" or "that homo book".
The one that really burned our ass was this one guy who used to bring his two sons in on a Friday. He would drop them off and return in an hour.
He told them to stay and read the books until he got back. The thing that really killed us was that he went to a bar down the street and got tanked. He'd come back stinking of booze and picked up his kids. Occasionally they would buy maybe one or two comics, probably to prove to his wife that he really did do "something with the boys".
After a few weeks of getting the big picture of this we decided to try to put an end to our babysitting service.
Sure enough Friday came, he dropped off the boys and off he went. This time though we had notified the local cops and informed him of his M.O. Sure enough, an hour goes by and he returns smelling like a whiskey factory.
He tells the boys to put down the comics and that it's time to leave. He then starts to grab handfulls of freebies (Dark Horse Extras, Comic Shop News, and our store newsletter)and staggers off to his car with the boys. He gets in, starts the car, and pulls out of the space. Within five seconds two police cars pulls him over and nails him for dwi. We had mixed feelings about doing this, especially having the boys see Dad being given (and failing) sobriety tests. But it was probably only a matter of time until something worse happened.
And no, we never saw them again....