I have a habit of strolling into the UTPA bookstore when I have time to kill on campus. Unfortunately, all my experiences have been less than pleasant. One afternoon, while looking through a book’s contents to gauge whether I should buy it or not, I was told to buy the book immediately or put it back, because “reading the books isn’t allowed here.”
Recently, I overheard an associate tell a student he couldn’t look at a book stored in the back unless he was certainly going to purchase it. The student took his book list back from the associate politely and left the bookstore.
Bookstores are one of my favorite places. It’s disappointing to see that the campus store doesn’t always enforce a positive environment.