Today there was a new comment added to our previous coverage of the stuff going on in Kansas dealing with Redbox and R-rated movies in the kiosk. I found it interesting enough to warrant its own post, and possibly warranting further discussion.
There has actually been further action regarding this issue recently from other government bodies in the midwest that I had been meaning to post about, but never got around to it. You can read more about it at selfserviceworld.
Anyway, here is the comment made by Jon, as well as my response…
First of all the guy who is bringing up this issue does not own a video store he runs a buying group for independents not some corporate machine. Secondly any child can get a visa/matercard gift card given to them and use it in a redbox. Thirdly video store owners have an extra layer of protection for parents by enforcing the MPAAâ€™s volentary ratings system, they are in ways custodians of the content for children. They ask age, ask for idâ€™s and they donâ€™t rent inappropriate material to children. If you all remember cigarette machines when we were all kids they to had stickers on them saying you had to be 18 to buy, did that stop any of us? NO!!!. Alls that did was made me buy 2 packs in case I couldnâ€™t get back. Go figure that youâ€™d get a one-sided arguement on a site that promotes Red-box. Mcdonalds does market to children with thier happy meals and playlands so why is there box art promoting riske material on it right in the front foyers of the McDonalds? Another thing is alls a child has to do to rent an inappropriate title is press one button that says I am 18yrs old, How hard is that for a child? There is not that extra layer of protection of a human being actually making sure of the age. One last thing is checkcards work in these machines as well and last I checked how old do you have to be to have a checking account 12?
My response to Jon:
â€œThis is not a competition issue,â€ said VBG president Ted Engen, who also runs the 71-store Total Entertainment Center chain.
The article specifically said that he runs 71 video stores? You donâ€™t think that is a conflict of interest?
Listen, I think it is important to protect our children from things that we donâ€™t find inappropriate, but that is my job as a parent, not someone elseâ€™s job to force their silly ideas on me or family.
BTW, this site does not â€œpromoteâ€ Redbox, it is â€œaboutâ€ Redbox. Personally, I do not watch R-rated movies at all, and I plan to teach my children to do the same. So, I certainly have no agenda here.
Really though, Jon, it seems to me that you are the one with the one-sided argument. Perhaps that stems from you being related to Mr. Ted Engen? Maybe you should disclose this if you are going to come and make an argument on someone elseâ€™s website. Nice try, though.
With regards to your â€œpointâ€, I simply do not think we need the government or any other silly â€œinterest groupsâ€ adding more censorship and more regulations to our already over-regulated society.
Let us take responsibility for our own families and our own actions. I simply do not need – or want – you or anyone else doing that for me.
Was my response off-base? Do you have anymore thoughts on this issue?