Blockbuster announced the closing of all its remaining 300 U.S. stores by January. Customer preferences have changed, and most people are now getting movies streamed from on-line sources like Netflix or on-demand from their cable TV provider.
While I'm sad to see people put out of work at these stores, it does take away a minor source of stress that's been nagging me for about 2 decades. I've left a trail of late fees at every video store in every city I've lived in for years. I'd forget about a couple movies for a few days, then slink back in there and stuff them in the slot and run away. Then, next time I'd go to a different store, fill out another application and get another one of those glossy, laminated cards from the new store. I'm sure my picture ended up behind the counter with a big red X across it.
With Blockbusters closing, do you think I'm in the clear, or will they hunt me down somehow? Just to be safe, I'm watching my back. And Netflix.