Today I was asked, "What is the worst pickup line you've ever heard?"
It happened at work. I was writing up an order for The 50 Mile Rule for this guy (so I'm already thinking, "Ewwwww") when he said to me in what I'm sure he thought was a most seductive tone, "You know, that little bit of grey in your hair is very attractive."
"Thanks," I said. "We'll let you know when your book arrives. Can I help whoever is next?"
The saddest pickup line I ever got, one that almost made me want to give the poor guy a hug, also occurred at work. A semi-regular customer who I knew by sight was following me around one Saturday morning while I was shelving books, and we were chit-chatting. "Would you like to have a cup of coffee sometime?" he asked.
"Well, I'm married. Thanks, though," I said.
He looked pretty bummed for a moment. Then I saw a flash of hope in his eyes and he asked, "Happily?"