Big Red Kicked My Butt…Again


redbox   I’ve always thought the Red Box was a really great idea. It’s fast, convenient and affordable; right?! It IS a really great idea but more so for the company rather than us consumers. I have come to the realization that they are slowly bleeding me dry. It seems like a simple enough task to return the movie the next day, doesn’t it? We think to ourselves, back by tomorrow at 9pm, got it. And, I have very good intentions but then life or my general ignorance kicks in. The minute I drive away, I forget all about my grand plan. Often, I don’t even watch the movie that day. But, I still think to myself it’s ok, I will watch it in the morning and then return it. Nope, that didn’t happen either. Ok, well one more day won’t hurt….and so on and so forth. Now it has been a week and a half and I could have just bought the movie.

Eventually, I will get the movie as far as the kitchen counter. There, it will sit for another 7-10 days. On to my purse, 1-2 days there before I realize I still have the stupid thing. Finally, it is in the car. There it will sit up in the visor or it will fall down between the seats thus costing me another 5-10 days. At this point I could have purchased the movie 4 or 5 times. RedBox knows this, they love it. RedBox is thanking God for their blessings; idiots like me. They laugh all the way to the bank. When I actually do get around to returning the movie, that machine mocks me one last time and asks if I want the receipt emailed to me. I have to say no. I can’t take the shame.

I think their latest scheme is to make all of their kiosks boast an OUT OF ORDER message. I went to return a movie today and the first machine I went to had just that message, and the next, and the next. Then, I went to a location that formerly had a Red Box and the machine had disappeared. Maybe a disgruntled customer taught that thing a lesson. My final attempt was successful but I can imagine most people would have said “screw this mission!”, took the movie back home with the intention of returning it the next day and the process starts all over again. The lesson? If you want to watch the movie, just buy it!! Red Box seems to be on their way out. I hope so for the sake of my wallet. But, sometimes Netflix just doesn’t have what I want, you know? I’m sure I could get that movie turned back in tomorrow…

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