Blockbuster Video stores have been closing at a rapid rate for the last few years – not that, nostalgia aside, you’re too emotional about it. After all, Netflix has put a band-aid on that wound for a lot of us.
But when Hector Zuniga found out that the Blockbuster he visits in Mission, Texas was shutting its doors for good, he took it hard. The 20-year-old son has autism, and trips to the Blockbuster were part of his regular routine.
So Hector’s father came up with a brilliant plan; he built a mini-Blockbuster store at home.
It took all of 45 minutes to whip up the home Blockbuster Video display, stocked full with Hector’s favorites – lots of Elmo and Barney videos – and even a Blockbuster logo at the top.
While Hector Zuniga is nonverbal, it’s obvious he was thrilled, as when he first saw the display, he was smiling and clapping his hands. His brother, Javier, tweeted the images, which have been retweeted tens of thousands of times, as he says it’s been a way to connect with others who have family members with autism.
Even though Hector now has a video store all his own at home, he still has a chance to make one last run to the real thing; the Mission, Texas, Blockbuster Video store closes for good this Friday.