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My name is Megan Monson and I am a 21-year-old student at USU. I’m working to finish my degree in English Education. I spent 18 months in Tacoma, Washington as a missionary.
I got my job at Seagull Book when I was 17. This experience happened within my first week working there. On a minimum wage salary, we all had fun pulling pranks on each other and wasting time. Seagull Book is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was originally named “Seagull Book and Tape” because they sold books and books on tape. Now they sell clothing, books, memorabilia, and other nick-knacks.
My first time closing the store when I worked at Seagull Book I worked with a guy named Hunter. Hunter had worked there for a while so I figured he knew what he was doing. Just after we locked the door to customers, he started to wrap tape around his hands and knees, sticky-side out.
“The vacuum is broken so we usually just crawl around with the tape to get stuff off the floor,” he told me enthusiastically.
Thinking it was a weird concept, I taped my hands and knees too and cautiously crawled around the store in my skirt.
A few days later when closing time came, I started taping my hands and knees when my co-worker, Courtney, gave me the weirdest look.
M: “Is this not how you get stuff up off the floor?”
C: “No we have a vacuum.”
Bewildered as I vacuumed the carpet, I realized that I have been duped. That’s when I decided to do the same prank to the next new employee. I don’t know if they still do it, but it was always pretty funny watching new workers crawl around on the floor.
I still cannot tell this story without laughing. I can just picture myself crawling around the store in a skirt trying to stay modest while simultaneously searching for loose strings or scraps of paper. I find it ironic that it was once called Seagull Book and Tape, it just makes the prank funnier.
Dr. Lynne McNeill
Semester and year
Monson, Megan, "Seagull Book and "Tape"" (2018). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 591.