Author’s note: This post is inspired by a great little book called Manual Prático de Bons Modos em Livrarias (A Practical Guide to Good Bookstore Manners) by a Brazilian writer (and bookseller!) who goes by the nickname Hillé Puonto. Her awesome blog (in Portuguese) can be found here.
Be an asshole.
It almost goes without saying, right? But you’d be surprised how people treat those in retail. That’s why it’s never a superfluous reminder: Treat your bookseller like you’d like to be treated, talk to him/her like you’d talk to a guest in your house.
Now, apply that to life and, voilá, you’re a nicer person.