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(The Hollywood Reporter)   With no other crimes requiring their attention, two police officers remove diabetic movie theater audience member, guilty of the crime of bringing in outside fruit to keep his blood glucose levels in check   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 120
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2014-03-28 07:47:31 PM  
How does anyone grow to adulthood without learning how to smuggle food into a theater?
 
2014-03-28 07:51:45 PM  

fusillade762: How does anyone grow to adulthood without learning how to smuggle food into a theater?


Yeah food is easy.  Beer is the tricky one, you have to try to time the opening of the bottle/can with a gunshot to mask the sound of opening it
 
2014-03-28 08:03:52 PM  

SnakeLee: fusillade762: How does anyone grow to adulthood without learning how to smuggle food into a theater?

Yeah food is easy.  Beer is the tricky one, you have to try to time the opening of the bottle/can with a gunshot to mask the sound of opening it


Nah... Bring in the bottle.  No one can hear that from outside a few feet.  And if you're paranoid a quick cough as you open it, no one will notice.  Or vodka in a flask.
 
2014-03-28 08:20:33 PM  

downstairs: SnakeLee: fusillade762: How does anyone grow to adulthood without learning how to smuggle food into a theater?

Yeah food is easy.  Beer is the tricky one, you have to try to time the opening of the bottle/can with a gunshot to mask the sound of opening it

Nah... Bring in the bottle.  No one can hear that from outside a few feet.  And if you're paranoid a quick cough as you open it, no one will notice.  Or vodka in a flask.


C'mon, I've been to a movie before.  I didn't write "alcohol is the tricky one" for a reason
 
2014-03-28 08:27:26 PM  

SnakeLee: time the opening of the bottle/can with a gunshot to mask the sound of opening it


Lol! great minds...
 
2014-03-28 09:04:44 PM  

shanrick: SnakeLee: time the opening of the bottle/can with a gunshot to mask the sound of opening it

Lol! great minds...


I take it you people have never had beer from a bota bag? No noise and easy to conceal.
 
2014-03-28 09:27:03 PM  
Wouldn't this be covered by the ADA? Can he sue? I'd sue.

/sue
 
2014-03-28 09:34:17 PM  
As a practicing type II diabetic, I would like to state for the record that this guy's story sounds like absolute bullsh*t

/that or his meds need some serious adjustment
 
2014-03-28 10:11:28 PM  

fusillade762: How does anyone grow to adulthood without learning how to smuggle food into a theater?


Especially in NYC, where pretty much everyone carries a bag with their stuff, since no one drives.

MaudlinMutantMollusk: As a practicing type II diabetic, I would like to state for the record that this guy's story sounds like absolute bullsh*t

/that or his meds need some serious adjustment


It does seem like we're not hearing the full story here.
 
2014-03-28 10:41:02 PM  
back in the 90s because you wore big pants you could smuggle in a whole 1.75 liter bottle of captain morgan and make rum and cokes for all your friends and everyone sitting around you. That's how I watched starship troopers....
 
2014-03-28 11:01:47 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: As a practicing type II diabetic, I would like to state for the record that this guy's story sounds like absolute bullsh*t

/that or his meds need some serious adjustment


Or he could be Type I? (DRTFA)  Type 1s tend to have to be WAYYYYY more vigilant.
 
2014-03-28 11:12:21 PM  

Ambivalence: MaudlinMutantMollusk: As a practicing type II diabetic, I would like to state for the record that this guy's story sounds like absolute bullsh*t

/that or his meds need some serious adjustment

Or he could be Type I? (DRTFA)  Type 1s tend to have to be WAYYYYY more vigilant.


He's type 2

/unless he has serious problems with hypoglycemia I think he could make it through a movie without fruit
 
2014-03-28 11:12:47 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: As a practicing type II diabetic, I would like to state for the record that this guy's story sounds like absolute bullsh*t

/that or his meds need some serious adjustment


Maybe, but I do know that anybody that's bringing fresh strawberries to a movie is not, in any way, shape, or form, going to buy the overpriced dreck the theatre has to offer. Still, they should have refunded the dude his money rather than pretending to let him in and then calling in the cops. That's a level of asshattery that needs to see them abused if true.
 
2014-03-28 11:18:34 PM  

Dufus: shanrick: SnakeLee: time the opening of the bottle/can with a gunshot to mask the sound of opening it

Lol! great minds...

I take it you people have never had beer from a bota bag? No noise and easy to conceal.


I prefer camel pacs
 
2014-03-28 11:20:17 PM  

Headso: back in the 90s because you wore big pants you could smuggle in a whole 1.75 liter bottle of captain morgan and make rum and cokes for all your friends and everyone sitting around you. That's how I watched starship troopers....


I'm sure it helped.
 
2014-03-28 11:21:58 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: As a practicing type II diabetic, I would like to state for the record that this guy's story sounds like absolute bullsh*t

/that or his meds need some serious adjustment


Thank you, that is what I was wondering. He broke the rules. If he can't sit through a movie without his sugar levels going into the danger zone (cue Archer), then something is farked up.

/sucks to be him
 
2014-03-28 11:24:31 PM  

SecretAgentWoman: Wouldn't this be covered by the ADA? Can he sue? I'd sue.

/sue


Yes. If he needs access to certain types of foods such as healthy sugars to keep from going into diabetic shock it would be covered by the ADA. He would of course, have to convince a judge.
 
2014-03-28 11:25:40 PM  
I call bullshiat.  It's especially bullshiat that he wants theMayor to get involved to change the food offerings at theaters.
 
2014-03-28 11:26:12 PM  
No outside food or drink means no outside food or drink.

Don't like it?  Don't go to places that have such policies.
 
2014-03-28 11:26:35 PM  
What a tool.  What an entitled tool.  As if you can't get your hands on a quick emergency dose of sugar at a movie theater (which is presumably what the strawberries were for)!  If pop, candy, etc., doesn't appeal to you, just carry some freaking glucose tablets.

/ Type 2 diabetic
// Lost a sister-in-law to type 1; lost a brother to type 2
/// Known to smuggle Coca-Cola into Pepsi-only theaters on special occasions
 
2014-03-28 11:27:48 PM  
He should have been arrested for going to see Divergent.
 
2014-03-28 11:28:26 PM  
Hey, look, you know the rules...if you don't bring enough for everybody you don't bring any at all.
 
2014-03-28 11:28:45 PM  

Headso: back in the 90s because you wore big pants you could smuggle in a whole 1.75 liter bottle of captain morgan and make rum and cokes for all your friends and everyone sitting around you. That's how I watched starship troopers....


I remember sitting in the back of the theater with my friend and laughing hysterically for most of the movie.  People thought we were drunk, but we were dead sober.  We had snuck in a pizza though.  Yes, a pizza.  Little Caesar's.

Seriously, that movie is supposed to be over-the-top satire.  It was embarrassing to be the only two people out of a full theater who got it.
 
2014-03-28 11:30:28 PM  

downstairs: Nah... Bring in the bottle.  No one can hear that from outside a few feet.  And if you're paranoid a quick cough as you open it, no one will notice.  Or vodka in a flask.


I always bring a bottle. I get dragged into enough shiatty movies,  I couldn't survive without one.
 
2014-03-28 11:30:56 PM  
Prospect Park Brooklyn, also Park Slope. Both sides are pretentious douchebags
 
2014-03-28 11:31:39 PM  
I can see why you gotta be a hard ass about the rules especially in the city because suddenly everyone is gonna be a diabetic that needs to bring in birthday cakes and strawberry shortcake...and smores...and that ben and jerry's peach cobbler ice cream...french dip sandwich with maybe a slice of swiss... I'm super high right now brehs.
 
2014-03-28 11:32:04 PM  
Circa 1987, I was a 19/20 year old out with friends who snuck beers (bottles... *facepalm*) into a movie theater. When I accidentally knocked one over on the hard floor below my seat, resulting in the obviously loud and instantly recognizable sound, I was asked to leave by an usher... which I did.

Frankly, I think this story is one of the sad state of affairs where ushers are afraid to confront customers who break the rules of the theatre. While calling the cops might seems extreme, kicking the guy out is probably SOP for bringing in outside food which is explicitly forbidden. The fact that he is diabetic is irrelevant.
 
2014-03-28 11:32:07 PM  

spqr_ca: Maybe, but I do know that anybody that's bringing fresh strawberries to a movie is not, in any way, shape, or form, going to buy the overpriced dreck the theatre has to offer. Still, they should have refunded the dude his money rather than pretending to let him in and then calling in the cops. That's a level of asshattery that needs to see them abused if true.


I don't think they pretended to let him in, they just didn't intervene.

They found the fruit, he explained why and when they wouldn't give him a refund he went in anyway and since they didn't want to get physical they called the cops.

While I understand their position they had no business neither allowing the fruit nor refunding the ticket.  I've met plenty of people who think dietary issues are just a matter of preference rather than actual medical issues, this very well might be what's going on here.  There are also those with severe allergy issues that won't trust prepared food, period, because they don't know what might have been added to it or even cross-contaminated into it.  (Be especially careful with Chinese cooking--it seems to be common to simply rinse pans etc. between dishes.  That's fine from a sanitary standpoint as it's going to get hot enough cooking the next dish but it's very poor at removing anything oil-soluble that was on the pan.)
 
2014-03-28 11:32:13 PM  
So movie-goers are searched before entry to a theater now?  And the theater industry wonders why attendance is down...could it be the super high prices of tickets...way over-priced drinks and snacks...aholes who talk during the screening...sticky floors...stained seats...

Sounds like the theater manager should apply for a school administrator's job.  Zero-tolerance knows no bounds!

/Kneel citizen!
 
2014-03-28 11:32:51 PM  
Moviegoer is a total tool and full of bullshiat about his diabetes.

I'm actually glad to see a theater that has some rules and actually enforces some rules.   I'd go there.

Throw more nozzles out of the place,  you'll attract a better crowd.
 
2014-03-28 11:33:06 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-28 11:33:19 PM  
Well, let's put the blame where it is due:

A theater employee checked Kass' bag on the way in and asked him to throw out the outside food, he tells The Post. He says he tried to explain his disease but "they didn't seem to care," Kass explains, adding that he asked a manager to refund his ticket.
The manager refused to give him a refund, though, so he put the strawberries back and went into the theater.


Sounds like everyone in the story is being an intractable dick EXCEPT the cops who asked the diabetic businessman to please leave the theater.

1. If you're diabetic, why are you bringing a bag of fresh strawberries into the theater? You're too hoity-toity to bring in a box of raisins?
2. If you're the theater, and you have a "no outside food policy", you ought to do the bag search outside, not inside, then you wouldn't have these issues, however,
3. If the person wants a refund, you should just give it to him. You're not LOSING money by handing the price of the ticket back.

The no outside food policy came into effect because so many people were bringing in freaking picnic lunches and entire McDonalds menus to eat during movies. Blame them for the theaters' policies.
 
2014-03-28 11:34:04 PM  
How is it relevant that he was a financial analyst or that the strawberries were pre-washed?
 
2014-03-28 11:34:12 PM  

Mugato: downstairs: Nah... Bring in the bottle.  No one can hear that from outside a few feet.  And if you're paranoid a quick cough as you open it, no one will notice.  Or vodka in a flask.

I always bring a bottle. I get dragged into enough shiatty movies,  I couldn't survive without one.


I am fortunate enough to live near a town (Carson City) where a local casino operates the town's cinema, and said cinema is attached to the casino. What this means is that you can bring alcohol from the casino into the cinema after 8pm or so, and before that time you are allowed - possibly even encouraged - to pregame at one of the casino's many bars.
 
2014-03-28 11:34:43 PM  
Nothing to see here. Move along, Citizen.
 
2014-03-28 11:34:50 PM  
This is why I have a projector and surround sound, and can generally tell movie theaters to suck my ass. Yes, I wait to see most movies, but at the rate they come out these days, I tend to see them on one of the streaming services or at Redbox within a few months, and I'm patient enough to wait.

I highly recommend a decent HD projector for anyone who wants to avoid theater fees and policies. I can eat whatever the fark I want when I watch movies.
 
2014-03-28 11:36:53 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: As a practicing type II diabetic, I would like to state for the record that this guy's story sounds like absolute bullsh*t

/that or his meds need some serious adjustment


Came here to say this as well...

Also, he didn't get arrested for bringing in outside food, sounds like he got arrested for being a dick.
 
2014-03-28 11:37:10 PM  
what !!! he could not find a sugary snack in the place???
 
2014-03-28 11:37:26 PM  

ABQGOD: How is it relevant that he was a financial analyst or that the strawberries were pre-washed?


it makes the story a rich tapestry of future Americana... or maybe the dude gets paid by the word.
 
2014-03-28 11:40:33 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Well, let's put the blame where it is due:

A theater employee checked Kass' bag on the way in and asked him to throw out the outside food, he tells The Post. He says he tried to explain his disease but "they didn't seem to care," Kass explains, adding that he asked a manager to refund his ticket.
The manager refused to give him a refund, though, so he put the strawberries back and went into the theater.

Sounds like everyone in the story is being an intractable dick EXCEPT the cops who asked the diabetic businessman to please leave the theater.

1. If you're diabetic, why are you bringing a bag of fresh strawberries into the theater? You're too hoity-toity to bring in a box of raisins?
2. If you're the theater, and you have a "no outside food policy", you ought to do the bag search outside, not inside, then you wouldn't have these issues, however,
3. If the person wants a refund, you should just give it to him. You're not LOSING money by handing the price of the ticket back.

The no outside food policy came into effect because so many people were bringing in freaking picnic lunches and entire McDonalds menus to eat during movies. Blame them for the theaters' policies.


I agree with most of this.  However, the no outside food policy came into effect because the theaters want to sell more 20 dollar popcorn/drink combos.  Don't think there is any other reason for it.
 
2014-03-28 11:43:55 PM  

Gyrfalcon: The no outside food policy came into effect because so many people were bringing in freaking picnic lunches and entire McDonalds menus to eat during movies.


Yeah... I'm not so naive. If the prices were in the realm of reasonable then that would be different, but as it is it looks like a gouge.
 
2014-03-28 11:45:00 PM  

fugeeface: So movie-goers are searched before entry to a theater now?  And the theater industry wonders why attendance is down...could it be the super high prices of tickets...way over-priced drinks and snacks...aholes who talk during the screening...sticky floors...stained seats...

Sounds like the theater manager should apply for a school administrator's job.  Zero-tolerance knows no bounds!

/Kneel citizen!


What is this, I don't even.
 
2014-03-28 11:45:06 PM  

silverjets: No outside food or drink means no outside food or drink.

Don't like it?  Don't go to places that have such policies.


The American With Disabilities Act disagrees with you.  Under the ADA all businesses are supposed to make "reasonable accommodations" to those with disabilities.  It is reasonable to allow a customer, with a health condition, to bring in outside food to control diabetes should the need arise. The movie theater will likely find itself the target of an ADA claim and will surely settle to avoid the inevitable.
 
2014-03-28 11:45:50 PM  
My chips are on the strawberries were vodka infused.
 
2014-03-28 11:46:12 PM  

Loren: They found the fruit, he explained why and when they wouldn't give him a refund he went in anyway and since they didn't want to get physical they called the cops.


Well, he paid, and they didn't stop him. Net effect, they deserved to be abused. I just don't have any sympathy for the theatre and I'm not diabetic, they just struck me as asshats in this case.
 
2014-03-28 11:46:45 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Well, let's put the blame where it is due:

A theater employee checked Kass' bag on the way in and asked him to throw out the outside food, he tells The Post. He says he tried to explain his disease but "they didn't seem to care," Kass explains, adding that he asked a manager to refund his ticket.
The manager refused to give him a refund, though, so he put the strawberries back and went into the theater.

Sounds like everyone in the story is being an intractable dick EXCEPT the cops who asked the diabetic businessman to please leave the theater.

1. If you're diabetic, why are you bringing a bag of fresh strawberries into the theater? You're too hoity-toity to bring in a box of raisins?
2. If you're the theater, and you have a "no outside food policy", you ought to do the bag search outside, not inside, then you wouldn't have these issues, however,
3. If the person wants a refund, you should just give it to him. You're not LOSING money by handing the price of the ticket back.

The no outside food policy came into effect because so many people were bringing in freaking picnic lunches and entire McDonalds menus to eat during movies. Blame them for the theaters' policies.


stop with the logic
 
2014-03-28 11:46:46 PM  

Molavian: Headso: back in the 90s because you wore big pants you could smuggle in a whole 1.75 liter bottle of captain morgan and make rum and cokes for all your friends and everyone sitting around you. That's how I watched starship troopers....

I'm sure it helped.


A dose of Acid sure as hell helped out Lawnmower Man back in the day.
 
2014-03-28 11:47:56 PM  
I dont like racists.
 
2014-03-28 11:48:39 PM  

log_jammin: stop with the logic


It would be logical if the prices were reasonable.
 
2014-03-28 11:49:14 PM  

SnakeLee: fusillade762: How does anyone grow to adulthood without learning how to smuggle food into a theater?

Yeah food is easy.  Beer is the tricky one, you have to try to time the opening of the bottle/can with a gunshot to mask the sound of opening it


Man I miss JNCO jeans. Those calf pockets were big enough to smuggle 2-liter bottles into the theater. Specifically made so a cop had to bend over to check them.
 
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