When you’re out and about shopping for clothes, food or collectibles there’s nothing more frustrating than finding an item you love, but it’s not in your size.
Or, looking for something that’s listed online, but you can’t find it in person!
When this happens, many of us ask the staff whether they could have a quick check in “the back” to see if they have the item.
But, sadly, it seems like the back isn’t the wonderful place we think it is…
A Waterstones employee took to social media recently to bust the myth of the stockroom for customers – and they revealed what’s really behind the scenes.
In a funny tweet, on the account @WaterstoneTCR , an anonymous employee caused a ruckus after admitting they couldn’t “conceal the truth any longer”.
They wrote: "Do you have another copy in the back?
"I'm so sorry. The world has tricked you into believing that 'the back' is a magical place.
“You picture an awesome and cavernous expanse, filled to the rafters with great towers of books – more than could ever be fathomed by mortals. Alas.
"This is a myth. 'The back' is where we park our bikes and broomsticks, and it's where the hoover lives. 'The back' of your dreams – those endless avenues of literature, with ceilings arching to impossible heights – are a fabrication.
" I cannot conceal the truth any longer.”
They continued to explain: "The 'back' exists. But 'the back' that you believe exists is but a fiction. There are no endless and encyclopedic corridors of stock.
“No lamplit alleys of hardbacks stretching into the distance. No labyrinth of plushies. There is just us. Us, and the bookshop you see before you.
"And so, I am tremendously sorry, but we don't have another copy in 'the back'. But we do have another six copies here on this table.
"Because we are booksellers.
“We are purveyors of the finest words, the keepers of dangerous knowledge, wielders of the sacred fire, and we would never deliberately hide books from you. And that is no myth."
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The worker reminisced about a time when a young boy wanted to buy 10 copies of the latest Wimpy Kid book and asked if there was an 11th out back, reports the Mirror.
But, the employee didn’t want to ruin his dreams and so pretended to check for one anyway.
Thousands of people liked the tweets and commented too.
Many said they already knew that the back didn’t exist (probably ex-retail workers).
But, others admitted that it came as a shock!
One person wrote: "My childhood dreams… broken. My imagined world…. shattered. Literally scarred for life! But thank you for your honesty. I hope to come out of this a stronger person."
Another replied: "Even though I know better, having worked in retail myself, I still ask store employees about stock in 'the back'.
"I still believe in the magical place. Of course, as a kid, I tried to get to Narnia through my closet."
Someone else added: "Where I used to work, there was no back and even after telling people that, I would still be asked to check it. Like… I can go look in the fridge but it ain't gonna be there pal."
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