Writes Bob Higgs: “One of the greatest moments in cinema occurs in Repo Man (which ranks among my top ten all-time favorite movies), when Bud (Harry Dean Stanton) is teaching young apprentice Otto (Emilio Estevez); they are lurking, parked in an alley in the squalid neighborhood where they work:
Bud: I shall not cause harm to a vehicle, or the personal contents thereof. Nor through inaction, let vehicle or personal contents come to harm.
That’s what I call the repo code, kid. Don’t forget it. Etch it in your brain.
Not many people got a code to live by anymore. Look at those assholes over there! Ordinary people. I hate them.
Otto: Me too!
Bud: What do you know?
An ordinary person spends his life avoiding tense situations.
A repo man spends his life getting into tense situations.”