Would you call it cheating?

@lirael (502)
Philippines
February 20, 2007 7:07pm CST
My former boyfriend now-turned-husband and I have a peculiar habit: Whenever we watch a movie we always makes it a point to buy food first from a food chain before entering the movie house. We always prefer food from the outside. Would you consider it cheating? We seldom, if ever, buy any food from the cinema. Someone once told me that these places get their income from the snacks that is sold. So, are we robbing the movie houses?
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@emarie (5455)
• United States
21 Feb 07
HAHA, i used to sneek burgers into the movies all the time. my father actually was the manager and i even ended up working at the theaters. from a workers point of view. we don't endorse it because we rather you buy from the theater and help out our paycheck so we don't get fired. but honestly, we don't really care all too much. we know most movie food sucks and the prices are outrageous. -just PLEASE try to be discreat -don't bring 3 course meals in there -be careful about the smell, others might be able to smell it -AND ALWAYS take your damn trash with you. you can bring it in, but we don't want to clean it up.
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@lirael (502)
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
Hehe, you don't have anything to worry about. 1. we are discreet about it 2. we just bring snacks, not a full course meal. 3. we are mindful of the smell, really, as we already experienced bringing smelly food. We ended up buying from the theater as we are too embarrassed to even open the bag because our food is too smelly.;p 4. and we ALWAYS brings our trash with us. We don't want to be found out that we are bringing food inside with us, and so we take our trash with us.
@emarie (5455)
• United States
21 Feb 07
hehe, thats good. i remember when i was younger watching a movie and i could smell everthing they were eating down to like an apple pie. it was a little funny. and then i remember seeing a whole load of trash they left...those people are rude. but c'mon, people can sympathize, i mean, theater food is SO expensive. once i stopped working for the theaters and moved i realized that as well because i didn't have my 50% discount at the counter..lol
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• Philippines
27 Feb 07
wow, lirael, your post title just mislead me. I thought it was about relationships. :laughs: but it's nice to know you brought this timely topic. just this last night, I talked with a friend who works on a cinema as projectionist. he says, snackbars, and cinema theather rentals are just the sidelines of the cinema. They actually get most of their profit from the tickets sold. The producer, and the cinema owner arrange a percentage sharing for all sold tickets. They keep the percentage sharing a secret. So, there's no way you are cheating when buying your food from the outside lil, you're just being practical. There is no rule that forbids you to do so. :grins:
@lirael (502)
• Philippines
27 Feb 07
Good thing you're one of those who reads the whole post!lol! Welcome to Mylot! Keep it up, as some of the people here in mylot generally skips reading the whole post and just goes on commenting base on the title.=D Finally, an insider's information.. Hmm, so they do profit from the ticket alone. I had thought that they have no percentage (or if they have, just a little) on the movie itself. That's why they are taking it out on the food. Thanks for the info!
@bmoliv (184)
• United States
23 Feb 07
i worked at a big movie theater for about six months. in my opinion and in the opinion of all my managers, most of the profit does come from concessions. the prices are put so high that it is very clear they are making ridiculous profit. as far as cheating the movie theater, i wouldnt call it that. i mean with the ridiculous prices i dont blame people for bringing in outside food, even though it is against theater policy. BUT... from an employees point of view it was a pain when people did bring in outside food cause usually, that food was a lot harder to clean up than popcorn if people spilled it. believe me- it is not fun cleaning up a bean burrito that has been mashed on the floor!
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@azriel (2108)
• Philippines
23 Feb 07
I promise not to spill some burrito on the floor next time...lol! I feel for you, I can imagine how hard is it to clean, especially in a carpeted area.lol!
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@cillerman (403)
• Bulgaria
21 Feb 07
Hahahah. It's not cheating. It's sneaky. Congratulations. That's the way. But if you like the cinema and movies, you should support. For example - buy the drinks from there. Or buy an extra ticket for the food. :DDD Kidding. No, it's definately not cheating.
@lirael (502)
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
Thanks for the congratulation!heheh
@senses (840)
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
Definitely, it's not CHEATING! You have the right to choose delicious food. Beside your paying for watching at the cinema. So, continue what your husband is doing.
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@azriel (2108)
• Philippines
27 Feb 07
Here, here! =D
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@Tatsuya (1150)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I don't think you are. When I was younger and went to movies a lot in the theater, I'd always stop at a fast food place and put the food in my purse and eat it inside anyway. A lot of people do it, because they don't want to pay $4.00 for a soda and $2.00 for a candy bar. I think the prices are outrageous for snacks at the movie theater.
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@azriel (2108)
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
Same here! I never did like the food that was sold at the cinema and would prefer to just buy some food outside.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
21 Feb 07
Well, if they would serve something besides stale greasy popcorn,watered down fountain pop, and sugary sweet candy then people wouldn't have to resort to sneaking in better foods. I'm like this why buy their overpriced stuff when you can get better elsewear for less and if they wanted to make more money for their living then they need to upgrade what they sell to better stuff and maybe add a few healthy things in their as well. So I don't think it as cheating the person running it is cheating himself by not having better stuff.
@lirael (502)
• Philippines
23 Feb 07
My thoughts exactly! Most of the time they sell low quality food, and between low quality + high price and high quality + lower price, I would opt for the latter.
@vanities (11351)
• Davao, Philippines
21 Feb 07
well no..all have the right to choice what food you gonna buy..what if you dont like the food theyre selling??
@lirael (502)
• Philippines
23 Feb 07
That's right. And some of the food there are nearing their expiry date as its seldom bought.
• United States
21 Feb 07
The problem with cinemas is that the theater operator and the mall owner are the ones making a lot of money, and the overworked employees had to bear the low income. I think what you said is true. In order to augment the income of the employees, theaters put up these food kiosks. One cinema I even went to inspected the stuff we brought because they changed the policy. Nobody's allowed to bring food that is bought from any place that's not in the cinema kiosk. Should you have brought food from outside, I don't think you're robbing the movie houses. Why? Because I have noticed that food in the cinema kiosks are not so good, and some of the prices are marked up. If they want to encourage people to buy from them, then they have to be more competitive in terms of the food they offer.
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@lirael (502)
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
Exactly! Some of the foods that are sold are nearing its expiry date. And besides, food chains have a lot more choices.
@sunny1984 (640)
• India
28 Feb 07
this is not a cheating
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• United States
27 Feb 07
lirael, I do not see it as cheating. The theatres charge an enormous amount of money for food. Why should you let them rob you? I would not bring anything smelly or too crunchy. I would not bring it in large carryall bags to feed an entire party. Be smooth! Kimberly
• India
27 Feb 07
In many places here, food from outside is not allowed. You can find clear instructions at the theme parks, theatres and many similar places. I don't find anything wrong in taking food along when no such specific restrictions exist
• Australia
27 Feb 07
Although cinemas earn from the snacks their sell, majority of their profits of course came from the tickets..Dont feel guilty about buying food outside the cinema coz trust me, they earn very good ;)
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@Cephoozee (374)
• United States
22 Feb 07
No way..if anyone is robbing anybody it's the cinema snack bar. A dollar fifty for some nerds? Give me a break. A small soda for 1.75? I do this too, I'd say it's very economic as you spend your money in more than just one place, which protects future investments in the long run. So in fact you're helping the food chain and he cinema. whatever happened to the penny theater my mom always talked about?
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• Canada
22 Feb 07
Food from movie houses is expensive and all you can buy is pop corn and chips. I think most if not all movie houses set rules that prevent people from bringing their own food. Sometimes, they will go as far as fetching your knapsack.
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@nmw2005 (1198)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I don't think it is cheating. They charge so much just to get see the movie, then expect even more money for food. Most of the time the food is more than the movie ticket. With the cost of everything being high, plus having to wory about people being noisy, now I normally just rent the movie.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
I wouldn't call it robbing. I don't think that what you are doing is all that terrible. I myself prefer cinema food. Especially the nachos. Yummy. I just wouldn't do it though for fear of being caught and ask to leave the movie. That would be embarrassing for me.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
I'd be a hypocrite if I said yes, it's cheating. I take food in all the time. I feel like the movie theaters are the ones that are cheating us. The mark up on snacks is insanity. $4 for a coke? $5 for a small popcorn (& I do mean small!) That's insanity. I don't feel the least bit bad for bringing in outside food, even though I know it's frowned upon & just flat out not allowed.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
I'm sure movie theaters don't make ALL their money on the snacks, just a majority of it. I, personally, don't like to buy snacks from them either. They charge way too much money for everything. I usually just go a convenient store nearby and stock up on food before entering. It's way cheaper. If they don't like being cheated out of money, they shouldn't put the prices so high. eheh?
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@dbeast (1500)
• India
21 Feb 07
i wouldnt call it cheating.the rates they charge for the eatables in the movie house are two to three fold more than the actual price.they make 100% profit from what they sell and if it a really big and famous movie house man we ll get bankrupt by the time the interval is over.
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