Monday, February 20, 2006

The Next Apprentice?

I felt like some cheap entertainment this week. There was an old dollar-off coupon to the local video store hanging from a magnet on the refrigerator. Oooooh-yeahhhhh. I even decided to hoof it the six blocks or so from my house to save on gas. When I want to be cheap, I'd do Donald Trump proud. Ask my wife.

At the video store, they had a bargain basement bin of VHS movies for a dollar each. Nirvana. But the movies I shuffled there looked like bottom of the barrel B-movies. Bad. Then I spotted it! 28 Days Later--a grade A zombie flick. That didn't belong, I thought. "Excuse me," I said, reaching in front of another gentleman browsing the bin before he could spot it himself.

After picking out another movie to rent, I took both to the check-out. The clerk looked at 28 Days Later, then held it up to the store manager.

"Is this only a dollar?" she asked skeptically.

The store manager answered in the affirmative. I must have been sporting a healthy smirk, thinking, "Yeah missy, face it. You're dealing with the next Trump apprentice right here." She punched my name into her computer.

"You owe a $3.99 late fee from December 1st," she said.

Arrrrrrgggghhhhhh! What was the movie? Mr. and Mrs. Smith??? I hadn't even seen it. Heard it wasn't that good. My older son had rented it. Great! Well, I wasn't going to go away empty-handed. I paid the stupid tax myself. Now I'll just have to collect that four dollars from number one son.

Wonder if the Donald had this problem with his kids.


Blogger bornfool said...

If he has them he does. I got my last cable bill and it was close to $15 higher than normal. Upon investigation someone had ordered a porn movie from the In-Demand service. It was ordered on a night when my wife and I were gone. We think we figured out which grown child it was. Now I've had to put a block on those channels. He didn't even record it so we could watch it too.

5:54 AM  
Anonymous Terri said...

Somehow, I tend to think the Donald wouldn't even know about these kind of problems.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Bernadette said...

I once plucked up one Monty Python video from a complete collection priced at $5, because I only had a buck. The good news is that it contained their Spam skit!

Late fees on unwatched movies...I feel your pain.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

I'll bet the Donald's kids have a credit card all their own. Don't forget to collect up those late fees from your son.

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Yeah he probably did. Seems to be a common things among children.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

Oooh, I hate it when that happens! Have you ever thought of the unlimited rental pass from BLOCKBUSTER? It works great for us.

7:51 PM  
Anonymous kristy said...

So you didn't see 28 Days Later??? That's a GOOD zombie movie. Trust me. I know something about zombies.

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just wondering, how big are you big dave?

6:12 AM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

And No. 1 sons says, "$4? It was only $3.99."

You're not putting anything over on a sharp kid like that.

10:49 AM  
Blogger poopie said...

*snort* Gotta love the spawn.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous vicki said...

Let me know if you find Queen For A Day on video in the bargain bin. Yes- they keep those late fees in perpetuity in Ann Arbor. I think my children have had to start driving to Chelsea to get videos...

2:24 PM  

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