That being established, the reason i'm making this slightly off topic post right now is because there's a dude on YouTube I know that works for Blockbuster and in his latest video, he brought something pretty shocking to my attention. I feel his story, and the story of so many Blockbuster employees, needs to be told. Being that i've seen nothing about this anywhere on the internet, i've decided to tell that story.
His name is Brendan Mitchell aka WetMovie1, he lives in California, works at Blockbuster, and is now in danger of losing his job - if he doesn't sell an exorbitant amount of candy per week. Fast forward to about 3 minutes, 30 seconds into the video below and he'll tell you all the details.
You heard right. Blockbuster, a VIDEO STORE, is so desperate to make money and stay in business that they're threatening to fire their incredibly underpaid employees if they don't sell almost 40 bundles of candy every single week. Take a moment to let that settle in.
I don't know about you, but for me, hearing this is the last straw in my already strained relationship with Blockbuster. These are the kids that schlep into work everyday, for 8 bucks an hour, and keep the goddamn business running and they're being treated like this? Does a guy like Brendan really need the added stress of worrying week to week if he's gonna keep his job or not? Brendan's advice is to not get mad at the guys and girls behind the counter when they offer you candy with your movie rental. Though I know he's just trying to keep his job and take the high road, and while I do agree with this sentiment, I feel that this is the wrong advice. My advice is to boycott the store entirely, both if you're a customer and if you're an employee. If this isn't grounds for an employee strike, then I just don't know what is. I know you need the money, Brendan, and can't really afford to go on strike, but this is about principles and I think you should arrange this shit, with the power of YouTube and your loyal viewers on your side. What Blockbuster is doing here is wrong, very very wrong, and we can't let this kind of corporate behavior slide.
It's been many years since i've been a Blockbuster employee but I now work at a place in the same complex as the store I used to work at and I admit, I go in there once or twice a week on my lunch break and browse around. I'm even guilty of taking advantage of their 5 for $20 used DVD sales from time to time. But no more. I am proud to say that I will never give even so much as a single penny of my money to the company. I will not support this treatment of their loyal employees nor will I help keep such a fucked up business in business and you shouldn't either.
Netflix accounts start at just $4.99 a month and you can rent all the hottest new releases for a single dollar at DVDXpress and Redbox locations around the world. On top of that, most local libraries offer rentals totally free of charge. Even if you're only interested in picking like a turkey vulture through their cheap used DVD's and Blu-rays, you can get them for still cheaper on Amazon. The way I see it, there's really no reason to ever go into Blockbuster again.
Blockbuster, you had your moment in the sun, but your time is over. Please die off with whatever little semblance of dignity you still have - and don't drag your employees down with you.