Did I miss something? Is there some unspoken rule here that one must be quiet in a bookstore? I don’t get it. Today, I was with a friend and our two very cute, pretty irresistable little girls at the main Eslite bookstore. I don’t normally go there with the kids–we usually opt for the children’s book store instead, but today, I just wanted to take a quick look to see if some books I want are there. I couldn’t have been there more than 15 minutes.
My little girl was quiet enough, but her little friend was excited and shrieking a little. Shrieking is even a strong word for this… imagine a very high-pitched “Hi!!!” and that’s what I’m talking about. This is far, far, far, less obnoxious than a nasal-voiced woman talking to her girlfriend on her mobile.
Some of the patrons were interested in the girls. It’s hard not to want to chat with them, but apparently there is some unspoken rule here that we’re not aware of. Someone came up to us and told us the kids were being too noisy. We were already heading out the door, just had to pay for a book. Just out of curiosity, I asked the nice lady behind the information counter if we’re supposed to be quiet in the store. She said no, just the children.
She was very nice about it, but I just don’t get it. Are bookstores here like libraries? Are people expected to whisper? A friend told me that it’s because many people are reading there and that’s why patrons are expected to be quiet.
And please don’t misunderstand–this isn’t a complaint or criticism, I really do want to know if we’ve just been these obnoxious foreigners with their obnoxious kids, not knowing any better.