Responsibility

Natasha - Rexburg, Idaho
Entered on January 29, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30

Usually people learn responsibility from their parents, having pets, or a teacher, but I learned responsibility from Hollywood video. About three months ago my roommates and I went grocery shopping at Broulem’s. We didn’t have a car so the three of us had to walk there. After paying for our groceries and the extra fee to have them delivered we decided we wanted to rent a movie. There was the option of Redbox but that would have to be returned the next day and we didn’t want to walk all the way back down there just for a movie. In the end, we decided to go with Hollywood Video.

In order to rent a movie one of us would have to open an account. After realizing that two forms of ID were needed to open an account; Susan was nominated because she was the only one who had brought that many forms of identification. We decided to rent Get Smart and Sydney White. When we got home we had a blast. We watched the movies and had a girls night. After that night the movies were totally forgotten.

A few weeks later we all went home for Thanksgiving break. When we got back Susan got a phone call from Hollywood Video informing her that her movies were late and that she now had a late fee. Although we knew about this we still did not take them back mainly because of laziness. Christmas break came around and Susan decided to take the movie Sydney White home with her to North Carolina. On returning back she completely forgot to bring the movie back with her. Hollywood video would call almost everyday now, telling her she needed to bring the movies back and pay the late fee. After a while we just started ignoring the phone calls. Then one day she received a letter saying that she now owed $105 and if she didn’t pay it within ten days then they would turn it into the collection agency. Of course all of us were freaking out about this because none of us could afford that, being starving college students as we were.

About a week later we brought back Get Smart and paid thirty-seven dollars in a late fee, then they told us that we needed to get the other movie back as soon as possible and pay another late fee. Three days later we received the other movie in the mail and took it back to Hollywood Video and paid the late fee. After $105 dollars in late fees and having to walk in the cold two times instead of just one, I learned the importance of responsibility.