The Evil Eye

A woman gave me the “evil eye” at work today.

I didn’t experience it personally. I didn’t see it. My assistant manager, however, did.

My sister came by the store in the afternoon. She took a look through our used DVD selection which fills a single dump bin at the store. A few weeks ago, though, the used DVD selection filled the dump bin and a six-foot gondola. What happened to the rest of the DVDs?

The week I went to Baltimore the company asked for a transfer. Five hundred DVDs were sent back to the company’s distribution center. The store kept about a hundred. At a guess, I’d say the company did a “sideways sale”–selling the merchandise to another company for resale. Suffice to say, the transfer of DVDs cleaned out the selection tremendously.

My sister commented on the paucity of the DVD selection. The company asked for the DVDs back, I said. “We received a list–send back these DVDs. I threw in Passion of the Christ for good measure; I didn’t need four copies of that in my store.”

I must have said it with some disdain because the woman standing behind my sister at the register area gave me an “evil eye” for not according Mel Gibson’s three-hour snuff film, to borrow Stan Marsh’s phrase, its proper due.

Oh, well.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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