The last Blockbuster movie rental shop in the world was deemed an essential business and has remained open during the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down much of the nation.
Though most people now use streaming services for all their movie needs, Blockbuster, located in Oregon, is still keeping busy as most people are home from work and school.
“We’ve faced many challenges over the year and we’ve managed to muddle through and we will this one too,” general manager Sandi Harding told Inside Edition.
To keep people safe as they browse the DVDs, all aisles are now one way flows so that people keep their distance. They are also offering curb-side-pickup and disinfecting each dvd, both when it leaves the store and when it returns.
“Everyone is wearing gloves,” Harding added. “We have masks now for the employees that we had to wait for that we just got in this week. We have one way in, one way out. Max of 10 people in the store.”
Blockbuster went bankrupt in 2010 as people turned to services such as OnDemand, Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube for their content. Comicbook.com reports that at the time, Dish Network purchased the company’s assets to try and turn them into a mail-order competitor to Netflix, but the plan fizzled out. All of the corporate-owned stores across the nation were gone by 2014.
Last year, the franchise in Perth, Australia finally closed down as well, leaving the Bend storefront as the only remaining Blockbuster anywhere.
In the company’s prime, there was 9,000 Blockbuster stores worldwide.
The sole survivor now enjoys a loyal and dedicated customer base who are thrilled to see that they are not shutting down. They have been a rental shop since 1992 and became a Blockbuster franchise in 2000 — making this year their 20th anniversary with the nostalgic brand.
While DVD rentals may seem like a thing of the past to many, Harding explained to local station KTVC that there are still plenty of people who don’t have access to the internet or fast streaming and they are helping to keep them entertained during these difficult times.
“There’s still a lot of people in the community that don’t have streaming, that don’t have the ability to have cable and whatnot,” Harding told KTVC, explaining why they have remained open during the pandemic. “Especially now with people being laid off.”
Communist Hammer and Sickle Painted on North Carolina WWII Memorial
The names on the memorial “are veterans and deserve the honor, respect, and dignity.”
The Communist hammer and sickle symbol was spray painted on a North Carolina World War II Memorial over the weekend.
The memorial in the Evergreen Cemetery in Charlotte honors over 500 people from the county who died in the war.
The vandals also wrote “Glory to the day of heroism June 19, 1986,” a likely reference to the violent Communist Party of Peru.
“On June 18, 1986, the Shining Path began to protest the Peruvian government’s use of torture on its members and their movement to different prisons,” the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported when another statue was vandalized with the same message in May. “Although the Peruvian government at first tried to negotiate with the Shining Path, the members refused, he said, and the government sent troops into the prisons the next day — bombing two facilities and executing inmates who were in the Shining Path.”
Over 200 people were killed.
“That day immediately began to be called ‘The Day of Heroism.’”
Fox News reports that a portion of the WWII monument that read, “Dedicated to the memory of the Mecklenburg heroes of World War II who made the supreme sacrifice that you might live in liberty, freedom and peace,” was also covered in yellow paint.
Wayne White, a US Air Force Vet, rounded up some friends and is working to help clean up a Charlotte WWII memorial after seeing on social media that it had been defaced. @FOX46News pic.twitter.com/KvrglFBwfN
— Jonathan Monté (@JonMonteFOX46) June 22, 2020
Air Force veteran Wayne White gathered friends to help clean the memorial after seeing that it was defaced on social media. He told Fox 17 that the names on the memorial “are veterans and deserve the honor, respect, and dignity.”
You Love To See It: Rich Writer Cheers Rioters Burning Poor Areas, Calls Them ‘Animals’ When They Get To His
This is the best “life comes at you fast” of all time.
A rich NBA writer was gleefully cheering as Minneapolis rioters burned down poor neighborhoods, but quickly changed his tune when they got to his area.
Chris Martin Palmer, a well known sportswriter, was tweeting things like “burn that sh-t down. Burn it all down,” when the rioters burned down an affordable housing project that was under construction.
Just days later, the riots began to creep closer to his home in a Los Angeles gated community, at which time the rioters became “animals.”
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) May 31, 2020
“They just attacked our sister community down the street. It’s a gated community and they tried to climb the gates. They had to beat them back. Then destroyed a Starbucks and now are in front of my building. Get these animals TF out of my neighborhood. Go back to where you live,” Palmer wrote, referring to the lower income areas they previously destroyed.
“Tear up your own shit. Don’t come to where we live at and tear our neighborhood up. We care about our community. If you don’t care about yours I don’t give a shit,” he added.
As he got called out on Twitter, he pretended that he only supported “peaceful” protesters all along, and wasn’t cheering for the arson.
“Make no mistake about it those who were looting were not protestors. They were criminals who just blended in. Hell bent on stealing and property destruction. When the legit protestors left midday everything went off the rails,” he wrote.
When someone tweeted at him saying “you can’t be with the chaos one minute then when it’s at your front door you switch it up,” to which the hypocrite replied “you better damn well believe I can.”
He was ratioed, of course.
Hilariously, Palmer also attended the riots and bragged about being tear gassed, in someone else’s neighborhood, of course.
First time I got hit with tear gas. pic.twitter.com/erYoEqbngS
— Chris Martin Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) May 31, 2020
Yo! There's gonna be a rally near my house tomorrow. They never have rallies in rich neighborhoods. I'm scared to go! I don't want to be around people.
— Chris Martin Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) May 30, 2020
The people who “don’t care” about their communities are people like this elderly disabled woman who now has no where to shop. She tearfully told a reporter that “George is in a better place than we are,” and said that she wanted to “go where George did,” as she watched the rioters destroy her neighborhood.
This is who the rioters are hurting.
They’re not hurting the police. They’re not hurting the people who they think are “oppressing them.” They’re hurting people like this. It’s sick. pic.twitter.com/htfM5r90qW
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) May 30, 2020
Funny how Palmer believes the destruction is all fun and games until it threatened him, even though he can actually afford to lose — unlike the woman above.
Nick Fuentes Does America First Groyper Chant on Live TV
“GROYPER! GROYPER! GROYPER!”
Nicholas Fuentes, one of the leaders of a growing America First movement in the United States, bravely crashed a Florida news report to do a “Groyper” chant.
Fuentes hosts a political commentary show on DLive that has thousands of regular viewers.
Meanwhile here in Tampa, it appears some boogalooers got on TV to do a white supremacist chant pic.twitter.com/yPMnktabZ8
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) May 31, 2020
Riots have been sweeping the nation after a black man died in the custody of Minneapolis Police on Monday. There have been murders, arson, kidnappings, and countless businesses have been destroyed by looting.
On Saturday, a white shop owner was stoned by a mob who was trying to loot his business. He appeared to be in critical condition. Another elderly white man was brutally jumped by the mob for trying to defend himself and his vehicle, before they turned his car over and lit it on fire.
As “Conservative Inc.,” the mainstream Republican organizations, continue to cave to pressure from leftists and silence, exclude, or “cancel” more and more interesting right-wing figures and voices — a dissident right has began to grow and organize.
From forming their own student groups, to organizing events that counter the “gatekeepers,” this movement, which largely believes in stopping immigration, ending senseless wars, and putting America’s citizens first, has been making major waves.
In the fall, the “Groyper War” took aim at more neoconservative figures on the right and asked tough questions during their speaking events.
During the “Groyper War,” Rep. Dan Crenshaw infamously told a young right-wing student who asked him a question about Israel at an event that he would “regret” doing so. Ben Shapiro gave a 45 minute long speech calling the Groyper students asking questions, and Fuentes, who became the de facto leader of the Groyper movement “alt-right.”
The dissident right also hosted an event to counter CPAC, called the America First Political Action Conference (AFPAC). The event featured speeches from “cancelled” right-wing figures, including Fuentes, plus former Daily Caller editor Scott Greer, American Identity Movement’s Patrick Casey, and conservatice icon Michelle Malkin.
Malkin’s gained the disdain of neoconservatives when she refused to disavow Fuentes and other young America First students during the “Groyper War.” Her refusal to participate in the cancel mob lead to her being removed as a speaker by the Young America’s Foundation (YAF).