Receipt Shenanigans, Texans, and The Hate U Give

Last month I ordered some books from Barnes and Noble. After ravaging the box to get to my babies, I normally tear up my receipt. I have no need to return books unless they’re damaged. Thankfully, none of them were, but this is not always the case.

I have an ongoing feud with the mailman. Instead of getting out of his little go kart and placing my packages nicely by the door like a civil freaking human being, he likes to shove them in the mailbox to the point where I can barely get them back out. He knows nothing of this feud. It’s basically just me cursing him until his dying days because he bent the cover of a paperback or smushed the corner of a hardcover.

We’re not animals here, people. Show some goddamn respect for the written word.

But I digress! This time, I took a gander at my receipt, and darned if it wasn’t mine. It was for someone in Texas. Who shipped to another someone in Texas.

They bought two books:

  • The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2017 – Sarah Janssen (editor)

This tells me they are educating themselves. Facts are good, especially with all this rampant FAKE NEWS going around like a incurable strain of flu. Perhaps a big ol’ honkin’ book of facts is a bit silly since one can readily find this information elsewhere. But it’s a start. I applaud them.

  • Adios, America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole – Ann Coulter

This begs some questions. Are they a staunch Trump supporter? Or are they surrounded by Trump supporters, being from Texas and all, and are using this book as a way of blending in with the herd? Perhaps they have their copy–meticulously made to look worn and well-read–on their coffee table. I picture them giving it a slight nudge whenever entertaining Trump supporters and thinking, Looky here, I’m just like you. Please put that big ol’ gun down.

Or is this person a liberal who wants to research opposing views? Who knows?

I shouldn’t joke too much because it’s entirely likely they received my receipt, which has my name and address on it. It also has, to my immense amusement, the title The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. If you don’t know that this is a book influenced by the Black Lives Matter movement and has been KILLING it on the New York Time’s Bestseller list, then where have you been?

The idea of a staunch Republican seeing that title gave me a good chuckle. Too bad I didn’t order a book on immigration. Wouldn’t that just stick in their craw.