Doing the Right Thing
$28.00 tickets (1 adult, 2 children)
$12.75 — water
$18.50 — snacks
But hey. I make it to the theatre about once a year. So while I’m not complaining, I did register my sticker shock on Twitter. Among the responses was this one:
I carry a big book bag n sneak drinks in. Justified since I am NOT paying 5x for a bottle of vitamin water! I do buy corn tho.
I read it. And I reread it. And then I started in, gently, with a bit of rabbinic rebuke. You see, it is against theatre policy to bring in outside food and drink. The fact that this individual is sneaking in the drinks is evidence that she knows what she is doing is wrong.
The prices are outrageous. And the theatre policy is self-serving. But no one is forcing you to shell out that kind of money. Because it is possible to watch a movie without eating and drinking. And, of course, no one is forcing you to go to the movies in the first place.
“What’s the big deal?” you ask? It’s stealing. It’s unethical. It’s immoral. Your kids are watching. And God is watching.
The net-net? The Twitter conversation ended with this:
My days of sneaking in vitamin water have ended.
And don’t get me started on sneaking into a second movie when only paying for one.