As I sit, leafing through local newspapers, looking for examples of ridiculously over the top bias to present to a seminar of training teachers tomorrow, I hear a voice pipe up behind me: "hello miss!"
Adrian, a generally good humouredly naughty tearaway from school is hitting the store's Easy Internet screens, looking for gaming cheats. I say hi, and turn back to my skimming.
"Miss, are you our teacher, now?"
"We're not at school, so are you our teacher?"
I'm a little confused by the question, frankly.
"If we start doing something bad, if we start swearing, will you tell us off?"
I begin to wonder if this is something like a DJ doing requests. Is he asking me to reprimand him? For what?
I inform Adrian that once he's no longer in school uniform, he's a private citizen, as am I, and as such, I have little compunction to tell him off for any reason.
If, however, he were to bring the name of my school, or himself into disrepute by committing any disreputable, illegal or embarrassing act, then - as a private individual - I would be quite prepared to tell him off.
But he'd never do anything so disreputable as to start swearing in public, would he...?
"Of course not, miss."