HAVE YOU SEEN… PAYS PEOPLE TO SAY NETFLIX SUCKS!
It started out as a well meaning protest at Aylmer and Charlotte streets in Peterborough’s downtown. Two movie lovers gathered at the intersection to proclaim their love for local independent video store Have You Seen… and their distaste for American corporate monolith Netflix. The American company recently stormed the Canadian border, invading their gentle neighbours to the north with the promise of bargain basement streamed movies and TV shows.
“Netflix sucks!” said one of the men, a bald, bearded gentleman with a large stomach. “Their selection is meager at best and they lack all of the fun associated with actually leaving your house and communicating with the nice human beings at the video store.” Pointing at Have You Seen… he continued by saying “Those really good looking people in there love their city and their downtown and don’t take too kindly to this big bully coming in here and giving us wedgies. I just bought this frigging underwear!”
The other gentleman with an accent that was hard to place, I’m gonna go with South African, took over the rant. “This here big mean company, what they called, Nettrix or sumthin’, they don’t live in Peterborough and employ folk who live here, folk who spend their loonies at our local stores. We done do gosh dangit! All them money them big corpo go an make, she leaves an goes right back over that there border!”
It all seemed to be legitimate, just a couple of guys with something to get off their chest, when it was revealed that these two were actually the owners of Have You Seen… and had paid themselves to have a negative view of Netflix, using revenue accumulated at their store… a video store that rents people really killer, hard-to-find films for a fair price.
Calls to the store for a comment went unanswered at press time
-Julie Julia Giuliani