While in residence at the University of Victoria, I had a VCR and black and white TV in my room; I still own the latter. Usually the VCR was fairly reliable, but as it got older, every so often it exhibited the annoying habit of eating tapes. Usually it settled for stuff I’d recorded, but once I rented Manon of the Spring from the University library, took it to my dorm, and started to play it. My VCR promptly broke the tape. It was quite embarrassing, while the guy at the till saying “But you just rented it.” True enough, but my VCR didn’t care about that. I wasn’t fined but I don’t think I ever rented any tape from that library again.