“Shh. You have to be quiet in the bookstore.”
Bookstores have cafes and coffee shops inside them. They have kids running around and people searching for books. Sure they may be somewhat quiet when compared to other retail establishments, but there’s hardly an unwritten rule.
At my store we are constantly paging customers and employees over the loud speaker. Customers and employees are constantly interacting. Music is playing just about every minute the store’s doors are open. Sure people may not like the sound of the crying baby right next to them in the store, but that has nothing to do with it being a bookstore. People become nervous around crying babies no matter where they are.
Also, the door at my store makes a sound when it opens. Just another sound added to the many coming from bookstores.
So the next time you hear someone tell their kid to be quiet because it’s a bookstore, maybe call them on their lie.
Do you think bookstores need to be more quiet than any other place of business? I surely don’t.