DEBT TO PAID IN INSTALLMENTS
IN SCHRUTE BUCKS
MILWAUKEE Local TV weather man Craig Koplien received the first installment of a 100 dollar payment due to him on Thursday. Koplien acknowledged receipt of 100 Schrute Bucks, delivered by fellow Live at Daybreak broadcaster Vince Vitrano.
Local TV weather man Craig Koplien received the first installment of a 100 dollar payment due to him on Thursday. Koplien acknowledged receipt of 100 Schrute Bucks, delivered by fellow Live at Daybreak broadcaster Vince Vitrano.
During a live broadcast on May 31, 2007, Vitrano quipped, "I'll give you 100 dollars if you know the name of this band."
Music was playing as the morning crew came back from a commercial with a familiar weather shot. Koplien jumped at the opportunity, quickly naming the band "Cake." As luck would have it, Koplien had learned the identity of the band earlier that morning as the crew was lining up music for the show.
Nonetheless, Vitrano has been scheming for the last week on how to pay Koplien. "I wanted to pay the man without really paying the man, you know?" Vitrano said shortly before delivering the first payment of Schrute Bucks.
As stated in the season finale of NBC's hit comedy "The Office," a Schrute Buck has a cash value of one one hundreth of a cent. It was invented by Dwight K. Schrute when he thought he was in charge of the office after Michael... never mind. If you haven't seen it, you probably didn't read this far.
"So I'm up to 1 cent paid to Koplien," Vitrano stated after delivering the hundred Schrutes. "I'm planning to make similar deliveries on a daily basis for the next 10,000 days," Vitrano continued. "It will be a lot of work, but as long as the Man keeps the copy machine full of paper, this won't really cost me a dime."
Vitrano was seen earlier in the day proudly displaying newly copied sheets of Schrute Bucks in the newsroom.
Reached for comment after deliver Koplien offered, "I'm actually really busy predicting the weather right now, so I haven't given the delivery of the Schrute Bucks much thought."
"I was kind of hoping dude would actually pay me the 100 dollars," Koplien admitted, adding, "Although I am a fan of the office."
Koplien also expressed gratitude he was not paid in Stanley Nickels, as the conversion rate is far more difficult to assess.
Photography courtesy of 5PM News Producer Gary Reistad.