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Movie Lending Silent (maybe not-so silent anymore) Agreement


Through years of experience, which I have obviously not learned anything from since I still fall into this trap; I have devised a set of rules which should be assumed when a movie is lent to someone. These are simple rules that should be safely assumed when as agreed upon between the loaner and the borrower when a movie (these rules can be applied to music CDs as well) lent out. There are only 6 simple rules, one of which has two parts. Forward this link to people before you lend them a movie. Tell them that you will assume that he/she will follow these rules (with the obvious exception) upon the lending of the movie(s) in question.

1. If you asked to borrow a movie it is assumed that you actually want to see it sometime soon. Please be aware that the lender will make this assumption and will be expecting the movie back and/or feedback from the borrower within 3 days (much like when you rent a movie from Blockbuster or your local video rental place).

2. If the movie was recommended and you were interested in seeing it the assumption is that you will watch and return the movie within double the normal rental time up to, but mostly depending on the depth of the friendship, two weeks. Again, the assumption from the lender will be that he/she will have their movie back in there possession no later than 2 weeks from the lending date.

3. If you are recommended a movie that you are not totally sold on... This one is a two parter:

A. If the person lending the movie and you don't really share the same interest in movies, but they are trying to get you to watch it anyway, just say, "No". In all likely a case, you will sit on this movie for months and never watch it. This violates the assumed rules 1 and 2.
B. If the person lending you the movie knows your taste and/or has recommended good movies to you in the past, but you are not totally sold on the movie then I suggest you get over yourself – you know your life is not that busy and/or entertaining, sit and at the very least watch the first act (that is usually the first 30 minutes) at that time you may be surprised to find that instead of sitting on the movie for months you actually enjoy it. Please respect the assumed rules 1 and 2 as well.

4. If you, the borrower, are really too busy… and I mean a for real busy, not an I'm going to pretend that I have a life busy, then simple let the loaner know that you are interested, in borrowing the movie, but at this time it might not be a good time for you to borrow it because life is just a bit too hectic and you wouldn't want to violate rules 1 and 2.

5. The most important assumption is that the merchandise will be returned in the exact same condition as it was given. Take care of other peoples crap. It costs them good money and when you destroy it they are not going to be happy. I'd say take care of it as if it was your own, but NAY! Take care of it better than you take care of your own crap! Remember that the loaner is doing this to save you money on having to rent/buy/find it yourself, so the only one benefitting here is the borrower.

6. If you are the lender of a movie please do not assume that these rules you are assuming will be in place will be followed. If history has taught me anything it is that these rules are never followed, much to my annoyance. If you are compelled to share good movies (there are so few) with other people the only safe assumption is that you will not see the movie back for some time and when you do it may not look the same as when you lent it out.

So what have we learned here… probably not much, but at least I got it off my chest.

Source of the Bitter: JAS

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