Headscratchers: Clerks

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  • Why do they strap on their skates BEFORE they go up to the roof? Do they climb the ladder with the skates on?
    • In the deleted scene showing them making the makeshift ladder, they do indeed go up in skates... somehow.

     This decision cannot be appealed? 
  • In the film, Randal sells cigarettes to a minor. Later, some kind of lawyer shows up to blame Dante and hand him a citation, telling him that it "cannot be appealed in any court." What the hell? Since when did New Jersey decide it was exempt from the Sixth Amendment, which gives U.S. citizens the right to a public trial?
    • If the cartoon adaptation is any example, New Jersey of the Clerks-verse is run on the Rule of Funny.

It always bugged me why Dante stays all day. He only agreed to come in a half day, and his boss who was supposed to come in in the afternoon skedaddles out of town. He hates the job, he was lied to, the shutters won't go up, why wouldn't he just close up and go home? I doubt his boss would fire him after doing him dirty like that.
  • Because Dante's an Extreme Doormat, it's pointed out by several other characters.
  • Is there any real reason to believe that Dante will have to pay the fine? Even if it cannot be appealed in any court, he and Randal could probably contact the lawyer and the family of the girl and explain that it was all an accident, and either get the fine dismissed or have it be given to Randal.
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