Ok…I said it.
I must have memberships at 40 video stores in 7 cities by now due to my inability to consistantly return the tapes on time. I probably owe hundreds of dollars in late fees.
Every time I get a new membership I tell myself “must return the tapes…must return the tapes”…“don’t blow this one…return the dammed tapes!” …and things go OK for a while, I concientously return the tapes on time for a while and then it starts. A day late here, a couple there…no problem…small sums…don’t like to pay them but I do…just keep that membership going baby…
Then it happens. I rent 5 new releases, watch them promptly, and then let then sit around… I’ll walk past them dozens of times and say to myself “must return the tapes”…but then I walk out and forget them again. Eventually the store calls and talks to my wife or one of the kids and sure, they give me the message…and I do return them…but it sometimes takes another day…or two…or three. Of course I chicken out and do the “dump and run”…at that point I’m trying to avoid being ostricised… guess I expect some clerk to scream “there he is!..that’s the bastard that had the movies!”
At that point I figure the late charges to be in the 25-50 dollar range…and I rarely can allow myself to pay them. I then have to find yet another store, get another membership, and start again with a clean slate. I’ve even had to drive to an adjacent city to find one that I could use.
One cool recent development is that one of my teenagers is 18 and another of them soon will be. I have resumed renting at a good store that I had previously exiled myself from under his account. I’m surprised that they don’t match the address, but hey, for now I’m in like Flynn!
What is wrong with me? Is it a character defect? Am I the only one that is this bad?