June 14th, 2007


One Law for Rich and Poor, Which Prevents Them Both Equally from Stealing Bread

I've mentioned before that we have a few celebrity customers at the video store. They're all nice and friendly -- even if they're all routinely late returning DVDs -- but my favorite will always be the first celebrity couple I met there. Let's call them Dawson's Creek and the Joker.

They used to come in all the time when they moved to my neighborhood. Dawson's Creek was pregnant then, but she's such a tiny thing you could hardly tell. Then they had their baby, moved farther away (though still technically the same neighborhood) and started taking roles again, so I haven't seen them in almost two years.

Until today! The Joker came in pushing his baby in a stroller, and I was so happy to see him! (Dawson's Creek wasn't with him this time.) He rented some DVDs, and I noticed he still had some late fees on his account from almost two years ago.

As a welcome-back gift, or maybe a "congrats on the baby" present, I didn't charge him the late fees. Instead, I deleted them from the account, and he said, "Cheers, mate."

It was only later that I realized I'm no better than the sheriff who let Paris Hilton out of jail!