Joke no more

7 01 2016

Patron: I’m returning these books but I noticed that this one wasn’t on the checkout receipt.

Me: Oh, okay. [in a highly, highly joking voice] It’s because you’re a thief! Haha.

Patron: That’s a mean thing to say.

Me: I was joking, I didn’t mean it.

Patron: If I was a thief, I wouldn’t be bringing this book back.

Me: Well, yeah, exactly.

[I check the book in]

Me: Okay. It’s fine.

Patron: What you said was actually really insulting.

Me: It was a joke! I was kidding!

Patron leaves in disgust while I consider never joking at work ever again.