Sadly, self-interest keeps that movie from ever being a reality. Contrast the scene described from the film with one that actually took place in Anderson six days ago. The pumps at a gas station malfunctioned and caused the price of premium fuel to be one-tenth of what it should actually be. Rather than the kindly townspeople making sure that no one took advantage of this glitch while it was being worked on, the problem was posted on Facebook and lines of “customers” formed. According to an article in The Herald Bulletin, those customers demanded to be given the same price others got and at least one person felt they should be compensated further just for having to wait in line so long.
If “It’s a Wonderful Life” were worried about realism, all of those individuals rushing to the Baileys’ house at the end of the movie would have been doing so to buy the furniture for pennies on the dollar, to look at the office equipment, and to let George know he’d been a fool for taking such risks. There is a little Mr. Potter in all of us.
Emmett Dulaney is an Anderson resident and the author of several books on technology. His column appears Tuesdays.