Last Friday I received an email from a co-worker and attached to this email was a coupon from Blockbuster. Excellent. Now, like most 21st century beings I have Netflix, and even though I’ve had the same two unwatched Netflix DVDs sitting under my coffee table for the past month and a half, I felt compelled to utilize this great deal that had fallen onto my lap. This Blockbuster coupon was for two free rentals, two 20 oz. sodas, and a bucket of popcorn. Did you get that? Not just a packet of popcorn but a BUCKET. Impossible to turn down an offer like that. Am I wrong? (Am I?)
So, as one might assume, I went down to my local B-bust after work to collect my goodies. After spending a good half hour deciding which movies I wanted: “8 1/2” and “The Aristocrats” (not to be confused with Disney’s “The AristoCATS”), I made my way to the checkout line. While in line I picked out two sodas (Cherry Cokes) and my bucket of kettle corn. Then, once face to face with the cashier, I handed him my coupon. It was at this very moment, at the initial point of the transaction, I had the realization that maybe, just maybe, this coupon was not valid. As he scanned my printed out email, I saw that the look on the cashier’s face was not a welcoming one. So I asked, “Um, is this coupon not legit?” And he had the courtesy to say, “Let me just check to be sure,” even though by this time we both knew I had fallen victim to a cruel joke.
Hence, I was denied. Denied at the register. While holding two bottles of soda and a bucket of popcorn, no less. The cashier was nice enough though. He asked me if I wanted to keep anything, allowing me the option to say, “You know, I’ll just take everything anyway.” However, I was not about to spend $15 on items that I didn’t even want in the first place. My pride may be strong, but it is not rich. But I did decide to take one movie, I guess my pride is worth $4. Though, I’m sure it was clear that if given the choice, I would’ve just left the store movie-less. And to answer your question, no, I did not have a choice in the matter.
The cashier next thought he’d relieve the situation a bit by putting in his two cents about my film selections stating that, “‘The Aristocrats’ wasn’t all that good.” I responded with, “That’s great. I’m glad you let me know that even my choice in movies is questionable, almost as questionable as my gullibility.” My reply was obviously said out loud in my head only. But I’m convinced my red face spoke volumes on its own. Also, it should be said that I appreciate the cashier’s efforts to alleviate the situation by chatting, but I was not feeling it. Mainly because it was holding up the check-out process.
Therefore, the moral of this story is, don’t ever use an emailed coupon. Unless you have a reliable source backing it up.