June 25, 2009 by MrBlueSkies
So last night I went to Blockbuster to feed my latest addiction-buying previously owned movies. I was specifically looking for Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. (Lycans are Werewolves) This is the third movie in the Underworld Series, which involves werewolves and vampires. I knew it was out on DVD but the last time I was at Blockbuster it was not out on the “Previously Viewed but Now For Sale” shelves. I was hoping I would get lucky. To my giddy, movie-addicted pleasure, it was now for sale as previously viewed.
Blockbuster has been running an ongoing special where all previously viewed dvds marked $9.99 are 4 for $20 and all the ones marked $14.99 were 3 for $20. Unfortunately, the promotion changed so that all $14.99 movies were now 2 for $20. I was aggravated at the price increase but my excitement over wanting to watch the movie overrode my cheapness. I decided to buy it anyway…
I still had to buy another $14.99 movie because you have to get 2 in order to get them at 2 for $20. There were a variety of good movies that I hadn’t seen yet, and I almost picked up Valkyrie when I stumbled upon some Samuel Jackson movie with a funky picture. Having never heard of it (and the name escapes me now as the movie is home and I am not), I decided to throw caution to the wind and get it.
Being the good little addict that I am, I had to check out the $3.99 movies where I selected a probably more obscure horror movie. It’s an even bigger risk but I like most zombie/vampire movies so even if it sucked, at $3.99 it won’t kill me.
I then sauntered over to the new movies where I came across the animated flick Road To El Dorado. I’ve seen this movie several times in the past but never on widescreen. It was only $9.99 so I decided to get it. I was scanning the rest of the new (and not previously viewed) movies as I headed for the check out counter when I saw the Tom Cruise version of War of the Worlds.
Since I never saw this version, it was in widescreen, and I didn’t get Valkyrie, I decided to add it to my pile of movies. I walked up to the register and handed the clerk my booty. “I really liked Rise of the Lycans,” he exclaimed with an enthusiastic grin. “It’s as good as the first two.” I smiled back replying, “I’ve been waiting for this to appear on your Previously viewed shelves but last time I was here they were 3 for $20.” “I know,” he frowned, offering no other explanation as he rung up my selections.
“$41 something,” he said to me as I handed him my Visa card. “Is that right?” I replied as it didn’t seem to add up properly in my head. “Yup,” he said as I signed my name on the receipt. I left with my movies. As I was driving home, it still didn’t add up properly. “Two movies for $20 plus two movies for $10 each and another for $4 (after rounding) makes $44 before tax,” I thought to myself. Maybe one wrung up cheaper.
When I got home and looked at the receipt, I discovered that he had not charged me for the Underworld movie. Since the receipt only had one $14.99 movie instead of two, the Samuel Jackson movie rung up at $14.99 instead of $10.00. So I didn’t exactly get Underworld for free. Instead, it cost me $4.99.
I stood in the kitchen debating whether or not I should return to the Blockbuster store to tell them that they undercharged me $5.01 plus tax. It was nearing 9:00 and I knew that if I didn’t start the movie soon, it would not end before 11 pm. And I really wanted to go to bed as close to 11 pm as I could.
I decided to keep the movie and consider it a bonus from Blockbuster. After all, I would have to use my gas to drive back to Blockbuster and then spend the time explaining it to the clerk, who probably would have thought I was nuts. Plus, it would be too late to watch my movie when I got back. I know they’re lame excuses, but any port in a storm.
So here is the big question: Does this make me a bad person? Is this stealing? Should I have gone back to the store to point out the mistake? What would you have done? Leave me a comment because I really wanna know. In any event, I really enjoyed the movie regardless of what I paid for it.