Are Movie Theater Snacks Too Expensive?
Living 2012/03/07 22:58:39
Ever wonder why a Coke costs $6 at the movie theater, but $1 at your local convenience store? So did Joshua Thompson, which is why he has filed a class-action lawsuit against his local AMC theater, The Detroit Free Press reports.
"He got tired of being taken advantage of," Thompson's lawyer, Kerry Morgan, told the paper of the Michigan 20-something. "It's hard to justify prices that are three- and four-times higher than anywhere else." In the lawsuit, Thompson says he used to take his own soda and candy to the AMC in Livonia, until the theater posted a sign forbidding outside food. (Bringing your own snacks to the movies is generally forbidden, which doesn't really seem fair.)
On Dec. 26, he paid $8 for a Coke and a package of Goobers -- nearly three times the $2.73 he paid for the same items elsewhere. The suit accuses AMC theaters of violating the Michigan Consumer Protection Act by charging grossly excessive prices for snacks, and seeks refunds for customers who were overcharged. Do you think Thompson has a good case? Or do theaters have to find a way to make their money -- like serving up pricey popcorn -- so they don't go out of business?
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