Nothing better to do
: New Jersey’s Attorney General Peter Harvey — apparently suffering a bad case of Spitzer envy — filed suit against Blockbuster over its new no-late-fee policy.
On Today this morning, it came out that the state had received only one complaint prior to filing the suit. And the state never went to Blockbuster for clarification.
I’ll grant that the policy is confusing. I’ll also stipulate that I’ve never liked Blockbuster. But when I went to the store to get a DVD recently, they made the policy clear to me: If you keep the DVD longer than about a month, they charge you for buying it (minus the rental fee) but you can return it later for a $1-plus restocking fee. That means that you can rent the DVD for an extra month for about a buck. It’s not a bad policy. It’s a little confusing. But it sure beats the old policy of nya-nya late fees.
I think our attorney general is merely grandstanding.