Man puzzled by ‘glitch in Matrix’ as he spots Covid sign in abandoned Blockbuster store

The empty Blockbuster store (Image: TikTok/ @w.ild.e)

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Before the days of Netflix and Disney+, we used to have to rent films on DVD and video from Blockbuster.

The blue stores were found in almost every town and city for years until the company ceased trading in 2010.

Some of the stores still remain today, empty and run down.

One man recently passed by an old Blockbuster shop in his area, which he said had been "abandoned", but after taking a closer look in the window, he noticed something he thought was odd.

In a video shared on TikTok, a user known only as @w.ild.e joked there had been a "glitch in the Matrix" as he spotted a Covid-19 safety sign through the window.

He says: "Right so there's a Blockbuster near me, I pass it like all the time, that's me in the reflection.

"I'm coming back from the shop, I got some quick scran, but yeah… inside this abandoned Blockbuster near me there's a Covid-19 sign.

"Like what kind of glitch in the Matrix is going on? What's the purpose of that? What's the purpose?!"

The sign in the store encourages people to social distance and sanitise their hands.

The sign looked so out of place in the empty shop
(Image: TikTok/ @w.ild.e)

The man's video quickly went viral, being watched and liked thousands of times.

Many people were also baffled by the sign, with one saying: "Definitely a glitch in the simulation!"

Another replied: "OMG this is a very rare sight to see a Blockbuster that's not already been converted."

A third wrote: "Blockbusters went bust years ago."

However, others thought they had figured out why it was in the empty store.

Some suggested it was for workmen who might be doing up the site, while others thought it was for estate agents who could be selling the property.

"CBRE written on the sign," pointed out a different user. "They're a company that buys and sells commercial property. They've bought the building and had workers in there."

A second added: "LMAOOOO, time travel. But for real it's probably either for the contractors or site security."

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