If you want to see true highway robbery, by a bottled drink at a
sporting event. I paid $4 for a 20 ounce Pepsi last night (that's
$25.60 per gallon for colored sugar water). They have tight security
at the entrance to the arena. Supposedly it is to keep dangerous items
from being brought into the arena However, I think the real reason is
to make sure people don't bring in their own beverages. If they find a
bottle drink on you, they make you leave it at the door.
To me, it's the movie theater's property. They can determine whether or
not you are able to bring in outside food. Why not bring your own booze
or beer to a restaurant because the stuff they sell is too expensive?
The last time I was a theater, the kid I mentor had the taco chips and
cheese stuff. Just after the movie ended, and the credits started
rolling, I heard the words, "I am going to throw up." He stood (we were
at the bottom of the upper section, right behind the exit walkway). He
tossed what was left of the chips and cheese in his stomach. I warned
the other people that they may not wish to walk or ride in front of
where he was (there two wheel chair users there). Nothing got on him,
nothing landed on anyone else (especially me). There was only a small
puddle. I told the theater staff that some threw up and where.
No more taco chips for him.
Anyway, when I go to the movies I never get the popcorn, because it is
too expensive and has too much fat. I figure I can go an hour or two
without a drink. Besides, when you drink a large soda, you can only rent
it, not really buy it. And returning the excess fluid, unless you do it
like my mentor, means seeking a bathroom, not always the easiest thing
to do in New York City. I usually bring a $0.50 24-oz soda with me, and
drink it on the trains home and some snack food (but I don't consume it
in the theater).
I figure, they don't want me to eat outside food and drink outside
drink, fine, I don't have to. But, at the same time, there is no
compelling reason to eat and drink their overpriced unhealthy stuff.
I figure if it were *my* theater, I would not want people eating their
food in *my* theater, with exceptions like baby food and small snacks
for diabetics who may go hypoglycemic, of course.
Golden Rule: Treat others as you would want to be treated.
It's their theater. Their rules.
If I don't like it, I can wait two months until the DVD comes out. Or
bring along my own drinks and snacks and eat them after I leave the
theater. That's what I do.
I rest my case.
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