Boy am I mad at my uncle.

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  1. StephenA

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    I let him borrow some DVDs, most of which I haven't got to see yet, and a couple that are some of my favorite movies. Since I'm anal, I looked at them when they came back. And watch do you know, they are either very dirty or very scracthed up. and to top it all off, he hasn't returned my Marked for Death DVD, after having it a month. I keep my DVDs in pristine condition, so I know it wasn't me. If I confront him about it, he's gonna accuse me, because he's the type that never does wrong. I'm gonna have to replace the scratched up ones, and never let anyone borrow any DVDs again.
     
  2. Carl Johnson

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    He's in no position to get defensive, it's your stuff. Next time you see him make it clear that you want all of your discs back asap and his damaging your stuff it the reason that he won't be borrowing anything else.
     
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  4. Jason Wilcox

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    two kinds of people in this world....those that can handle dvds and cds....and those that can't....

    my mom is one of the latter....she rarely uses our single disc cd player but one time i could tell she did. i hit eject and the tray with a cd in it came sliding out. i put in my own cd and hit play. i heard some very odd noises and opened it up...sitting on top of my cd was my moms steely dan disc...
     
  5. Tim Markley

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    That's why I don't let people borrow any of my DVDs, video games, etc. They NEVER come back in the same condition as they were when I lent them out.
     
  6. StephenA

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    I'll never let anyone borrow my stuff again. I happen to like Marked For Death, or else I wouldn't have bought it. As of right now I have to replace the following:

    LA Confidential
    Terminator 2 Ultimate Edition
    187
    Rush Hour 2
    Me Myself and Irene
    A Time to Kill

    I have to go through some others he borrowed, and see if there are any others. I know these aren't exactly great DVDs he ruined, but I happen to enjoy the movies very much.
     
  7. Rob Lutter

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    There are only two people that I will let borrow my DVDs... two of my best friends. They know to "fear the data side of the disc" and can handle discs very well. It isn't very often that I let them borrow things though [​IMG]
     
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    This is precisely why no one may borrow my DVDs.
     
  12. Vickie_M

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    Oh,I know EXACTLY what you mean. We bought the VHS of Return To Oz when it was first released. This was back in the days when many pre-recorded tapes were way expensive. I recall we paid around $80.00 for it. It was one of our favorite films and we treated it with kid gloves. Years later I let a friend borrow it against my better judgement. He had it for what seemed like ages. When it brought "it" back, it was grungy, dirty, the box was all beat up and it had an orange handwritten "SALE $5.00!!" sticker on it. I told him it wasn't ours, but he insisted. It really caused a rift in our relationship. Years later again, the subject came up and he still insisted that it was the one he had borrowed. After much discussion, he suddenly realized that he had let his sister, who has 2 kids, borrow it. We figured out that her kids must have ruined it, and she must have scoured video stores for a used copy (she sure wasn't going to buy a new one, obviously). He apologised profusely. By then, we had bought the DVD, so it wasn't a big deal, but that incident made us not lend out our most precious movies. Never never never!
     
  13. Keith Mickunas

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    I once lent my Star Wars SE LD box set to a friend of mine and his brother. They're both big movie buffs, and had a large collection of LDs so I wasn't to worried about anything bad happening. They had it for quite a while, but this guy wasn't someone I saw on to regular of a basis so again, I wasn't to concerned. When I finally got it back, I noticed the strangest thing, it was in better condition than when I had lent it to them. Mine had a dented corner where the cardboard had been smushed. When I got it back there was no sign of the problem. I never mentioned it and nor have they, but I suspect something bad happened and they had to track down another set for me.

    I've loaned a number of DVDs out to coworkers and friends and haven't had any real problems. The only thing is they tend to hold onto them for a long time, so I'm less enthusiastic of loaning them out now.
     
  14. Rain

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    Unacceptable!

    I say cut him off. He obviously has no respect for your belongings, so I see no reason why you should continue to loan him stuff.
     
  15. Luis Esp

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    Start charging him a fee. If he gets offended, tell him that at Blockbuster you have to pay for a disc that may not work in your dvd player, so what's the diff? If he doesn't want to pay, tell him to check out his local library.

    I make it a rule not to lend out my dvds, but when I do, I tell the person if it doesn't come back in the way it went out, they owe me a new copy.

    Call me anal, but I paid for the dvd, and they're getting to see for free.

    Next time borrow something of his and return it in its possible worst condition. Then the dvds will really hit the fan.
     
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    10 DVDs lent to a best friend, he NEVER called and asked where he could drop them off when when done(just got his first player).
    6 MONTHS later and I was at a friends place. HE called and just happened to be coming ever "can you grab my DVDs please?" YEP I had to remind him
    He brought over 9 of the ten. He admited to lending "a few" to his next door neighbor.
    Oh wait, I got the case back that day but My copy of Super Speedway was still at his neighbors place. I hear he really liked it[​IMG]
    ANOTHER work friend borrowed 2 porn DVDs. I have mentioned for him to return them 15-20 times ... He seems to think it's my job to come by his place to pick them up!!
    I will lend to a couple people .... My best friend will return any disc the next time I see him even if he hasn't watched it.
    He understands, but why are some people so ignorant??
    My first buddy couldn't find my SPinal Tap DVD... he must have misplaced it !!!! Guys he has ONE DVD player!!
    My sneaking suspicion is that he lent it to somebody that was once a friend of mine that screwed me(and a couple of other people) around, and doesn't want to tell me.
    I think I'll email him tonight and remind him [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Brent
     
  17. Jason Wilcox

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    i meant that i had a disc in the cd player......my mom must have put her steely dan disc on top of mine and loaded the tray with 2 discs....then i opened up the cd player later and i saw one disc....the other (her steely dan) was somewhere inside the cd player...after i replaced the one disc and hit play i heard the funky noise and hit eject....two discs on the tray....

    hmm....it is a little confusing isn't it
     
  18. Thomas Reagan

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    I rarely loan out DVD's, and if I do, it's a one for one swap (mutually assured destruction).
    Always remember, nobody ever cares about your stuff as much as you do. [​IMG]
    Thos.
     
  19. Bill Catherall

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    You guys are making me nervous. [​IMG]
    A couple weeks ago a neighbor (and good friend) called saying they just bought a new DVD player and would like to borrow "a movie" to test out the new player. I said sure, and in they came with kids in tow digging through my DVDs. I was in another room when they showed up and my wife pointed them in the right direction. When I came into the room, half my DVDs where in a pile on the floor and two kids where shuffling through them. [​IMG]
    I immediately yanked the DVDs away from the kids and said, "I have a rule that no kids touch my DVDs. I don't let my own kids touch them." and put them back on the shelves. The mother picked out her 2 movies (wait...I thought you were just borrowing "a movie") and let the kids pick out 2 more.
    By this point I'm quite worried, especially since these people don't take good care of their own stuff. I acted like it was no big deal though and said 4 movies was fine. After all, I don't want to jeopardize the friendship over some DVDs. However, I really let my anal side show through and gave specific directions on how to remove DVDs from the case and how to put them back. Never let the kids touch them. When a disc comes out of the player it goes immediately back into the box, DO NOT put the bare disc on a shelf even if you put it upside down. No scratches, no dust. Don't touch the data side of the disk. Be careful with the boxes...I treasure them just as much as the disc.
    When they left I went straight to my DVD Profiler and flagged those 4 movies as "rented." A week later I asked how they enjoyed the movies. They said they watched 2 of them but didn't have time to get to the other 2. I understand that, having kids of my own and understanding how things work with not having time to watch movies. So she gave back the 2 they watched and since I saw they were keeping them tucked away in a safe place and they were in the same condition as when I lent them, I let them hold on to the other 2 until they can get around to watching them. (They still have my LOTR. [​IMG] )
    Next time though, I'm only letting them take 1 at a time. And I don't think I'll be letting them borrow any of my OOP titles. It's awfully hard to replace those.
     
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