Frivolous Lawsuit Or It`s About Damn Time!

Submitted by: Gerry1of1 5 years ago in

A man in Michigan is now suing his local theater over cost of popcorn. It"s a thin line here, I-A-B.
There are 55 comments:
Male 19
I work at a movie theater. And trust me, I hate the prices just as much as you do. I don`t make any commission off of the concessions, so don`t act like I`m the one robbing you of your money. I`m not pocketing $2000 dollars a night. I make my crappy hourly wage like almost everybody else. Yelling at me will not make the prices go down. I`m not forcing you to buy the 8$ popcorn and the 5$ drink. Whew! Glad I got that out...
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Female 734
I think its a safe bet that you can go 2 hours without eating a snack and live to tell the tale
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Female 2
BTW you can take any food/drinks you want into an AMC theater, at least in MD. I have openly walked in with sodas, lettuce wraps and cheesecake.
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Male 39,619

"Legal" has nothing to do with moral or right vs wrong.
"Legal" is a legal status determined by lawmakers.
So I`ll agree with you thieves and pirates out there. I do my own shenanigans and I sleep quite soundly with no guilty feelings. But I`m not rationalizing it. When I rip/burn it is steeling and no double-talk changes it. Own it guys.... we`re all pirates together. {I`m a double pirate if you count butt-pirates.}
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Male 5,811
[quote]Otherwise I`ll pirate it! Yo-ho![/quote]
Good luck with that after Harper passes bill c-11 and you can`t do poo with digital locks.
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Male 977
Yeah, until they tackle my ass for it... food will keep being smuggled on my watch.
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Male 4,170
cost of popcorn i how the make their money. the makers of the movie get most of the ticket price
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Female 2,525
If you`re broke, don`t go to the movies.
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Male 265
Jacket + pockets = win

Just stock up at the store next door.
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Male 17,512
Gerry: I could just be patient and see them on cable tv in 3 years, for free anyways, I don`t burn them to dvd or sell them.

Like it or not movies, and other media, are part of our culture. If someone quotes part of that, like the "arrow to the knee" meme, and you have no idea what that means then you look stupid.

"What`s more illegal, Kidnapping Jack Black, or destroying the Muppet name for good?"
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Male 505
If people pay it, they will carry on charging it.
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Male 272
This is dumb. If I want to see a movie on the big screen but don`t want to pay that much I just wait a month or to and go see it at the 2 dollar theater where a ticket, popcorn, and a drink is 5 bucks.
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Male 142
i read somewhere once, and i`m not saying it is absolutely true, but the reason theaters over price their stuff is because for the first 2 months a movie is out, the theater gets none of the money from sales so most of their profit comes from concession.
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Male 40,414
@Gerry it depends if you think it`s `illegal` or not.

If you copy and SELL (or rent) it, yes it`s illegal. Unless you pay the owner the proper fee.
If you copy and view it yourself, not illegal.

Just MHO eh?
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Male 39,619

CrakrJak, the "they stole so I stole" defense doesn`t work. We all learned in kindergarten that two wrongs don`t make a right.

Not that I`m judging you. I rip/burn movies from the corner rental store all the time. I`m just surprise YOU are as big a thief as the rest of us.
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Male 40,414
They were cute, got right to the point and made sense. Nice!

Well, yes theaters charge WAY too much, but that`s the way things go, eh? Also why I`ll only go see a movie in a theater if it`s FANTASTICLY good. Otherwise I`ll pirate it! Yo-ho!
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Male 17,512
Gerry: Monopolies and price gouging are immoral too. Perhaps if the MPAA and the theaters were not immoral, then perhaps people would be more `upstanding`.
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Male 25,417
stupid people suing people over such things...
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Male 12,365
I agree with plastinum, but I think the root of the problem is the relationship between film company and cinema:

[quote]they make nothing off of ticket sales[/quote]

By gouging cinemas so hard, film companies are strongly discouraging customers from using cinemas. This is a poor business model because cinemas are extremely useful advertising for film companies. Films that go straight to video are very unlikely to make anywhere near as much profit and would require far more expensive advertising to promote, so cinemas are very useful to film companies. Film companies should be working with cinemas for mutual profit, not gouging them and forcing them to gouge a diminishing number of customers more and more (which diminishes the number further).

So yes, cinemas need to offer things people can`t get at home, but film companies need to stop treating cinemas as parasites and start treating them as symbionts.

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Male 243
They`re too annoying to listen too - please don`t post these 2 again.
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Male 329
OF course the theaters whine they make nothing off of ticket sales and have to charge high prices on food items to stay in business. I think if theaters want to stay afloat then they should stop charging outrageous prices on mediocre snacks and do as some other theaters have done and offer premium seating with larger seats, alcohol, real food and other innovative things that would make the experience better and still justify the cost. Some theaters are almost restaurants with a movie screen! Why can`t most theaters offer this kind of experience?
Theaters cannot seem to figure out that someone can go out and buy the Bluray or pay from home, watch the movie on their big screen tv and pop popcorn themselves for a fraction of the price of a movie and not have to deal with funky smells, sticky floors, rude people and other pitfalls of going to the theater..they need to offer services and an experience that people cannot get at home..if not the only incentive is seeing the flik earlier.
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Male 171
The move industry always makes a fuss about ppl watching moves for free on the internet.
But then to watch a move in a theater, you pay more than if you bought the DVD, a kilo of unpopped corn, and 5 liters of soft drink...
So no wonder ppl dont go there as much and prefer to watch it at home.
Not even counting the ppl around talking, coughing, the fact that you cant smoke, cant easily take a bathroom break, and so on.
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Male 39,619

@ CrakrJak - Well I am Stunned! STUNNED!
"Stunned" is the only word I can think of to describe how stunned I am!
First you advocate steeling movies from the web, then how to cheet the theater out of it`s concession money! And all this time I thought your were a moral, upstanding kind of guy.

tsk tsk tsk
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Male 1,949
Someone please relay a message to these two...

LAY OFF THE COKE BEFORE MAKING A F`ING VIDEO.
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Male 2,737
Can`t smoke in theaters, or guzzle alcohol, snacks way too expensive,loud patrons,cell phones. Screw it.Bootleg it for free and watch it at home.
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Male 766
I haven`t been to a theater in 20 years. Not fond of the gouging . . . the noise or other rude patrons. But somebody must like it because y`all keep going back for more!
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Male 17,512
One thing you can do, if you insist on paying to see a movie, keep your old popcorn bag and drink cups. Wash the drink cups, wipe the bag out and fold it neatly, put them in a backpack or the wife`s purse. Most places offer free refills and if it`s a busy night they clerks won`t notice when you ask for your `free refills`.

Tip: Nest the cups in the bag and be careful not to crush them.

Yes, it`s cheating, but so are they by forcing you to pay 5 times what is reasonable.
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Male 891
CrakrJack, you don`t even have to wait that long. You can usually get camrips of prescreening days before a movie is even released.

Not that I would know anything about that...
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Male 17,512
I quit going to the movie theaters.

Just be patient and wait a few months, you`ll be able to get them off the internet for free.
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Male 313
Yeah, but movie popcorn and butter is so good.
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Female 519
Can of Pringles 99 cents ... Bottle of pop $1.20 ... Purse to put it in.. Priceless.
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Female 357
@Gerry drafthouse.com gets my money every time. Way better than a traditional theater. So glad I have options. Also, they have a comic shop out front. And they show free games and The Walking Dead tomorrow night. So excited! Going to see Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes there on Monday. Regular movie theaters can suck it!
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Male 9,543
Gerry

It is not a monopoly. They are not the only supplier of a product. They have every right to sell their product for whatever they want. You are free to not buy it. Mcdonalds could charge $50 for a burger if they wanted because you can get burgers other places.

The legal issue to me is that they prohibit you bringing your own food in, but restaurants and other establishments don`t let you bring in outside food.

I don`t know. It sucks balls and I hate it, but I don`t know how to justify fighting it.
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Female 1,803
You don`t have to buy it so they can charge what they want. Eat before you go to the theater and you won`t need to eat at the movies. I installed a projector and 100" screen in my living room to watch movies. More because people are annoying at the theater than the price of snacks.
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Male 39,619

@Kaagan - yes you can. Unfair trade practises, monopolies, price gouging, etc.

In San Diego which has the highest gas prices in the nation, the County was considering regulating all gas stations, suddenly the price of gas went down and nothing ever came of it.... I wonder.....
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Male 2,216
I don`t go to the movies because of the idiot prices of tickets. Screw the theater,I have Blu-Ray.
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Male 1,627
can we sue the gas companies?
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Male 39,619

Usually I am all for free enterprise and free capitalism, but an arguement could be made that theaters are Price Gouging. They don`t allow you to bring your own food thereby creating a monopoly.

I`m not saying I`m for or against the lawsuit, I`ll let you guys bat it back and forth. I just thought someone ought to mention that.
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Male 1,249
And yes get pissed at the studios, theaters make %98 of their money from concessions.
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Male 1,249
I worked at a major theater chain in the NW years ago and one day while I was making popcorn I noticed something green. A kernel had molded and the popped in the batch, I grabbed it an showed a manager - they laughed and did absolutely nothing. Later that day I heard customer we complaining saying the popcorn had a dirt taste to it.
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Male 1,399
Stay at home, jerk off. The theaters make dick on the tickets, and those places cost millions to build and millions to maintain.
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Male 2,424
just dl them like everyone else you fat drat
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Male 439
It`s not a thin line by any stretch of the imagination. The theater has the right to charge whatever they want. Pricing gouging laws only apply to circumstances where there is natural disaster or crises and companies jack up prices on necessities.

Clearly not the case here. I hope the theater company countersues this guy.
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Male 392
Two most annoying ******* people I have ever watched in a video.
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Male 3,285
he wont win. The cinema can charge $100 a time and they well within their rights to.
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Male 1,810
So, people have the right to CHEAP empty calories/junk food/snacks when they go to a movie theatre ?? This type of thinking is why obesity is an epidemic...
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Male 2,422
The studios pretty much force the hand of the theaters.
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Male 2,841
Anybody can smuggle in a candle lit dinner for two if they try hard enough.
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Male 934
Boohoo? Nobody is forcing you to buy popcorn at the theater, I`m sorry. Sneak in some milk duds you bought at CVS like the rest of us and move on with your life.
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Male 45
The money for the ticket goes to the movie maker. The movie theater only makes profit on snacks, which is why they cost so much. Do your homework, and make it take more than 20 minutes.
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Male 3,058
It was okay until they started that talking at the same time bullsh*t.

*closed*
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Male 61
stupid thing to even consider a lawsuit over, having said that daaaaaammnnn I want to strangle those two kids
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Male 1,647

Going to see movies in the theater, while a better experience, doesn`t mean you /have/ to do it. It`s something a lot of people wear as a badge of money prowess. If I`m going to pay $20 for a movie, I am buying it off the shelf at the store. I have no need to see it immediately upon it coming out. I don`t need bragging rights for all the latest flicks. Batman, however, is an exception....
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Female 1,743
Oh.. my.. god.. these two are so annoying.
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Male 39,619
Link: Frivolous Lawsuit Or It`s About Damn Time! [Rate Link] - A man in Michigan is now suing his local theater over cost of popcorn. It`s a thin line here, I-A-B.
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