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.

11 Comments:

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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