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Old March 6 2012, 12:31 PM   #1
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Man sues over price of movie popcorn

A Michigan man says the price of movie theater popcorn is ridiculously high. Same goes for the sodas and candies sold by movie concessionaires. So Joshua Thompson is taking the issue to a higher authority: He's filed a class-action lawsuit to end what he says is price gouging.

Thompson, an avid moviegoer from Livonia, Mich., used to bypass the high prices charged for theater popcorn, soda and candy by bringing in his own treats, said his attorney, Kerry Morgan. But Thompson arrived at his local theater outside Detroit recently to find a new sign telling customers they were no longer allowed to bring in their own goodies.
"He called me and said, 'Can they do that?' " Morgan told The Times. The attorney said his first reaction was, "Sure, they can do that, it's private property." But then he began doing a little legal research and came across the Michigan Consumer Protection Act, a statute designed to prevent price gouging.

And a lawsuit was born.
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I think we have all secretly wanted to sue the theaters for how much they charge for their food. Too bad I don't see this going any where.
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Old March 6 2012, 12:45 PM   #2
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How would movie theatres police a ban on customers bring their own food and drink - full body scanners, sniffer dogs, and concealed night-vision cameras? Makes me glad I took the decision to stop going to see movies a couple of years ago, and I never ate or drank anything there in any case.
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Old March 6 2012, 12:48 PM   #3
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How would movie theatres police a ban on customers bring their own food and drink
They can ask to check your bag or backpack when you give them your ticket. I think all movie theaters can refund your money then ask you to leave if you don't follow the rules.
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Old March 6 2012, 12:50 PM   #4
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Re: Man sues over price of movie popcorn

Sad thing is that this doesn't necessarily hit the giant entertainment corporations that run the studios and theater chains. It also hits any/all independent theaters that actually need those concession sales to survive.
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Old March 6 2012, 12:54 PM   #5
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How would movie theatres police a ban on customers bring their own food and drink
They can ask to check your bag or backpack when you give them your ticket. I think all movie theaters can refund your money then ask you to leave if you don't follow the rules.
What not even a full body-cavity search - lightweights!
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Old March 6 2012, 02:20 PM   #6
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They have signs up at my local cinema, but nobody's ever checked my bags/pockets...hell I've seen people munching away on Subways and the like inside.
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Old March 6 2012, 02:37 PM   #7
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I'd rather sue over the continual force-feeding of Will Ferrell and Jack Black ''comedies'' to the general public.
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Old March 6 2012, 06:01 PM   #8
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If it's not worth the price to someone, they just shouldn't eat it. Maybe it'd force hollywood to start making movies worth watching without the snacks then! It's unbelievably unhealthy anyway. And if it's not worth it to you to go to a movie without popcorn, then don't! ...Anyway, added to the list of silly lawsuits.
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Old March 6 2012, 06:36 PM   #9
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Theatres have to bid a portion of the door proceeds in order to get a movie in the first place. And usually they pay 90% of the door in order to have the movie at all. The concession is where they make money.
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Old March 6 2012, 07:16 PM   #10
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My local cinema charges over twice the cost it would be in a supermarket or even the local corner store.

I suspect most movie goers don't mind paying a small premium maybe upto 50% but 100%+ is being taken for a ride.
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Old March 6 2012, 07:28 PM   #11
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I just don't eat at the movies
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Old March 6 2012, 07:47 PM   #12
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I'm against the cost of popcorn at the movies and I never buy it. Still, I am afraid that they would raise the price of tickets in order to make money if they weren't allowed to raise the price of popcorn. I'd rather have cheap ticket prices.
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Old March 6 2012, 08:23 PM   #13
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Really? Just don't buy it. I've always found it prohibitively expensive and I've weened myself off buying popcorn at the theatre. The worse ones are the big chains. But even so, it's no cause for suing. It's just what they do to make a bottom line. But if enough people don't buy popcorn for them to be profitable, they'd likely lower the price. But if you think about it, concession food is made to make you buy more stuff. They make the popcorn really salty so you need a drink, so already they know people will buy a drink if people buy the popcorn.
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Old March 6 2012, 09:03 PM   #14
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If I'm going to be hungry at the movies, I bring in my own food. I refuse to subject my body to their junk, even if it were given away free. Screw them and their bullshit policies. They're lucky to have customers at all, given how the theater business has been going.
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Old March 6 2012, 09:04 PM   #15
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Sad thing is that this doesn't necessarily hit the giant entertainment corporations that run the studios and theater chains. It also hits any/all independent theaters that actually need those concession sales to survive.
All of the independent (usually nonprofit) art house cinemas that I've been to didn't price gouge like the big chains do when it comes to concessions.
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