Today is Free Comic Book Day. So, I took two of my kiddos to the comic book store. By the way, if you’re reading this on May 2, there is still time to get to your shop and take advantage of this really cool offer (at least one free comic book and usually great deals on other stuff). Back to my story. So, I was at the comic shop and I was super excited to know that there was a Captain Canuck as well as a Doctor Who comic in the freebie list. I was walking around and looking at the books, both free and non, and then I heard something irritating.
Ugh! Your free wi-fi signal is too slow. This is really bad.
I thought to myself, “This is a public commercial property. They are under no obligation to provide you ANY wi-fi, and you are complaining about the speed? Don’t you have a smartphone in your hand…the kind that requires a data plan?”
This woman and her husband walked past the cool cosplayers in their hand made outfits (really good job, folks!) to the rack containing the selection of free comics. The owner explained the rules to a group of us who had walked in. Everyone gets a free comic just for breathing and being inside the store. If you purchase $4 of merchandise, you get one of each of the free titles. That means 50 comic books for $4. Can you guess where this story is going?
Ugh! That is ridiculous. You mean they are not all free? I have never had to pay for any of the comics on free comic book day. The other stores don’t make you pay to get more than one [Yes, they do]. We have done this for years and they never made us pay. Are you serious?
The more I listened to the lame rant of this lying “customer” the more I suspected that she was likely going to each of the area comic stores to get additional copies of the comics for resale later. That made me a little angry, but I also thought to myself, “Wifi Lady just has to pluck down $4 (buy the new Iron Fist) and she gets 50 COMIC BOOKS FOR FREE! So if she goes to the 3 local stores that I know of, for a mere $12, she can walk out with 153 COMIC BOOKS. Greed much, lady?”
After that rant, the lady and her companions took their one free book each and departed. Guess $4 was too much to pay for 51 comics. I just consulted my calculator. That comes down to 7.8 cents per comic! Guess what we did. We bought some comics. In fact, my son bought 3 books anyway and got one for his sister. So we left with 53 books that my kids (after I filter the stack) can share. I also learned that Q from STNG will be coming to the Memphis Con in November.
There is a disease in this country (possibly others, but I only really know about ‘murica) called entitlement. Here, that means that men, women, and children are being taught that they are owed something for which they themselves did not work, toil, or prepare. They merely want it and expect someone else to provide it. Entitlement is closely related to greed, sloth, gluttony, and consumerism. All are disordered and sinful. They fail to take into account the feelings or work of another in order that they may mindlessly consume, in this case, comic books. The disease of entitlement runs rampant in America. In fact, in some areas of our country, entitlement is used as a means to build a dependent class of society, a voting block that has been indoctrinated to believe that apart from the government’s hand they can do nothing. Entitlement unchecked grows like a cancer. It fuels illogical resentment and creates enemies out of everyone.
What can we do to stop this?
It starts at home, and by “home” I mean wherever you happen to be. You can be at Wal-Mart, your house, your office, or the ballpark. Start with yourself and your own attitude towards goods and services. Know and appreciate the things you have and the means by which they arrived at your disposal. Refuse to abuse goods and services. Say THANK YOU. Don’t be a butt to persons. In fact, be a good tipper and a courteous customer. Teach your kids the value of goods, services and the virtues of a hard day’s work. Be a good example of hard work to your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers, and especially your family. We can do this.
Don’t be like the wifi lady. Be better than that.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I’m going to write a note of thanks to the owners of my local comic shop.