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Video Rental Return

M. Stanley Bubien

Customer: "I want a refund on this video."

Clerk: "I'm sorry sir. Store policy. We can't give you a refund just because you didn't like it."

Customer: "No. I want a refund because it was offensive."

Clerk: (Opens video.) "Hm. The Rapture. There certainly was some serious sex in this movie."

Customer: "That's not what offend me."

Clerk: "Oh? Too violent, I bet. That scene where the guy blows everyone away in the office is pretty harsh."

Customer: "No. That wasn't it either."

Clerk: "Must've been the language. It had way more swearing than was necessary."

Customer: (Shakes his head.) "Uh uh. What bothered me was all that stuff about God and heaven and everything. Totally unexpected and inappropriate in a movie like this."

Clerk: (Puts video down.) "Okay. Just a moment while I credit your account..."

Based on a true story.

Copyright ©1996 M. Stanley Bubien. All Rights Reserved.

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June, 1996
Issue #3

128 Words