My office is located in a specialized library, and the office is unmarked - no signs saying whose office it is. It is next to several other unmarked offices, and we are in the farthest reaches of the top floor of the library. You have to look pretty hard to find us. You can imagine my surprise, then, when, hard at work today, I heard the door open. Nobody ever comes in this office except me, largely because it's mine.
The door opened and a young man stood there, craned his neck as he looked around the room, and then stared and me for several seconds. I stared back. He said, "I'm looking for my TA." I continued to stare. He said the TA's name. I said, "I don't know who that is." This snowflake said, "Well, he said he was having office hours in this library." I replied, "Most people do that in the common area downstairs, just inside the entrance. Where the tables are. And the coffee. And the other human beings." Then he left.
This really bothers me because I have every reason to believe this student walked through every floor of the entire library, trying to open each door in search of his TA. Did he simply turn every doorknob as if he was in a game show, hoping that his TA would materialize? I feel violated on behalf of my library. I can't help but wonder how much time he spent searching the recesses of this library for a TA who (a) probably was in the heavily-populated common area all along, and (b) probably told him and the rest of the class that she would be in the common area.
This is also a problem because this specialized library is relatively quiet most of the year, except during finals when every major except the major for whom the library was designed holds their study groups in the library. I realize nobody has a monopoly on study spaces, but come on! If you're going to come into our house, at least show it a little respect.