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I Ask: Would You Turn In The Library Porn Watcher?

by Alex Iwashyna

in Awkward, I Ask Advice

I’m at the library where they ban the Twitter over WiFi and yelled at me once for listening to voicemails on my cellphone. And I’m currently watching a guy sit at the mainframe computers. (That’s what I’m calling them. The group computers provided by the library. With 2-10 in a set of desks).

And he is totally watching porn. Not like reading erotic. Like a video close-up of woman with a penis in her mouth. And I think: Maybe he’s into exhibitionism which is why he’s on a public computer in the library with a minimum of six people around but when someone walks by he immediately closes the browser. Plus, he seems to only be watching at the moment. (But not for a dissertation. He’s not taking notes either)

Do I turn him in?

Yes, it’s creepy that he’s watching it where I could have my children. (It’s the adult section of the library but not THAT kind of adult section of the library. I also feel the need to note that I don’t have my children with me today.)

But I waiver.

For two reasons.

First, I think: HE’LL KNOW IT’S ME! And a guy who’s brave enough to watch porn on a public computer may be brave enough to follow me out of the library. (Thanks a lot Law and Order.)

Second, I kinda feel sorry for him. I’m guessing that he has no home computer. Which makes me hug my computer just a little tighter right now.

So instead I’m typing the story to you. And occasionally looking up to giggle and cringe.

I ask: Would you turn him in?

UPDATE: A second guy sat down at the computer after porn-looker guy. And he is ALSO LOOKING at pornography. Maybe that particular computer has been slated for this purpose? At least the librarians KNOW where these guys are at all times and can shift the kids and faint-of-heart elsewhere.

PS. This is not a referendum on pornography. This is about the where and when. And the how awkward it is that I chose to sit and blog it out. Possibly.

Answer that I wish I had thought of while writing the post. Because it’s funnier than me. Dana writes: I think the creep factor would lead me to want to turn in the library porn watcher, but I would likely chicken out because of the Law & Order factor. Or what if it’s the new gang initiation, instead of driving at night with no lights on and waiting for someone to flash their headlights so they can follow them home and kill them, geek style gangs are watching porn in the library to see who turns them in and then they follow them home and do horrible things like kill their wifi … I’m assuming computer based geek style gangs don’t actually kill people. Also, I’m pretty sure that since a second guy sat down after the first guy it’s definitely the gang initiation one.

Answer I accomplished this week. WHOA. I really CAN take suggestions. Jenni Chiu writes: I would probably/eventually/secretly ask the Librarian about it- but only after I told all my cyber friends about it. also, ew.

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