2007-01-19 12:45:21 ET|
I work in a book store. It's located in a mall, one floor below a movie theater. On occasion, we help out our upstairs neighbor a little by hanging a movie poster or two in the window. Remember this, as it will soon become important.
Today this walking corpse of an old man wanders up to the customer service desk, where I was not working but was within earshot. He asks the guy there, in a stereotypically hoarse old man whisper, "Do you have that movie 'The Nativity Story?'"
The info guy responds that we don't, as it's not out on DVD yet.
The old man gets that challenging edge to his voice. "You have the poster in the window." The poster in question is about two months old. Actually it has broken free of its moorings and is now wedged between the window and the wooden display case at roughly a 45 degree angle.
"That's actually for the theater upstairs," Info Guy replies. "It's showing in the theater."
"It says 'Borders' in the window," he growls back, as though, with enough effort, he can lawyer the theoretical DVD into being.
Info Guy shrugs, apologizes, and restates that it's not out on DVD yet.
"I'm gonna call the ACLU!" the old man shouts and storms out of the store.
I didn't realize the American Civil Liberties Union handled complaints of DVD availability. I better ask them why Eek! the Cat isn't out yet.