"There's shortages of everything right now."
I've been writing a book for Simon & Schuster the last two months. To fine tune the manuscript, a fellow author recommended I print out a physical copy and read through it.
Since I don't own a printer and needed one on short notice, I drove to a Staples in Koreatown to buy one.
After looking around the store, I noticed there were no printers. And other than aisles of pens and paper, there wasn't much of anything in the store.
I approached the store manager – a twenty-something guy in a camouflage Staples shirt named Jesse – to see if he could point me in the right direction. My deadline for the book was in a few days, so I really needed to find a printer ASAP if...