When I worked in St.Louis I had a few students that seemed to think that “Bootleg” was a store. I would overhear conversations where they were telling another child about some movie that they got at Bootleg.
Finally one day, a student that was as out of the loop as I was asked, “Where is Bootleg?” The other boy replied, “It’s in the back of the Dollar Store over there on King Street.” Hmmph. Well now I know everything.
I recently swapped bootleg stories with a friend of mine and it’s been on my mind. Here are a few of my thoughts about the idea of “bootleg”.
The secretary at the school in St. Louis used to sell movies to the staff for discounted prices. One of my friends bought a few and found out they were really good bootleg copies. However, one of the movies she purchased didn’t work. She asked me one day, “What are the rules about buying a bootleg movie? Can you ask for your money back if your stolen property doesn’t work?” Anyone have an answer? I didn’t. I told her I kinda felt like all sales were final on that deal.
That same secretary also gave us CD’s for Christmas of various mixes. You could select what you wanted and then she copied them for you. I felt like there was something shady going on there as well.
In all my thoughts on bootlegging I started wondering where that phrase actually came from. I love Wikipedia because I can count on it to answer all such questions. The term bootlegging started when people used to run alcohol illegally. They would often hide the flasks in their boot. Thus the term bootlegging.
Now you know everything.
Got any good bootleg stories?