I don’t think I’ll ever forget the graceless library woman who looked at me in college and said, “you’re delinquent.”
I was absolutely offended and hurt by her comment. I legitimately thought my library borrow was 2 weeks long. Turns out it was just 1 week and when I came back with a stack of movies 1 week overdue she lit into me in the most aggressive way a librarian can.
The lesson was effective – instilling fear of having anything overdue at the library. Goodness knows those 10 cents are worth the fear and stress.
I was cut to the core that she would take such a strong stand on my character – I AM DELINQUENT.
Value people and show them respect. Always.