Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Adventures With Redbox

So the Monopoly game at McDonald's is back, and I won two free Redbox rentals. I decided to rent Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Don't judge me: I love spy thrillers and enjoyed Chris Pine in Star Trek.

First thing they don't tell you, is that if you reserve online, your rental starts that very second. I didn't realize that until I saw the email this morning, so by the time we got home from work, we had 4 hours to watch it.

We were about 20 minutes in when our Blu-Ray player gave up on life. It had been acting weird; we actually had to unplug it. I guess that's what you get when you buy something at Walmart for $80. We should have known better.

Anyway, what followed was a comedy of errors as we tried every single DVD player in the house. The one downstairs. The ten-year-old TiVo/DVD combo. Two computers. And a Wii. After our fifth machine, we finally realized that it wasn't working because only the player downstairs is compatible with Blu-Rays. 


So we just packed it up and took it back. What a waste. At least I didn't have to pay for it. This weekend we'll get a new machine from anywhere but Walmart and definitely not another LG.

Live and learn.

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