New Theater Policy targets minorities and poor people

Regal Cinemas is not fooling me! Their new policy about searching all bags for guns is a cover.

As reported here, moviegoers might want to be more cautious of what they bring in their bags to theaters now that Regal Entertainment Group, the largest movie theater chain in the U.S., is implementing bag searches at all locations.

“To ensure the safety of our guests and employees, backpacks and bags of any kind are subject to inspection prior to admission,” Regal stated on its website.

Regal owns over 570 theaters nationwide, with at least 10 locations in the New York City area. That’s a lot of bootleg chicken black folks could sneak into the theater.

Was Straight Outta Compton the movie that prompted the new rule. You have to admit, the timing was suspect.

There were NO shootings at theaters when Straight Outta Compton was released, but there were LOTS of black folks that went to the opening. The film did $56.1 million over the first weekend, but concession sales were dismal.

I’d be willing to get that KFC and Churches Chicken experienced similar surges in their numbers, as black people all over the country sneaked in that delicious bird into theaters, in an effort to avoid the $15 chicken fingers ($4 on the street!) at the theater.

Where is the NAACP on this story?! I thought they protected the rights of colored people, and here is a gross miscarriage of justice!? There have been three theater attacks in three years, and none of them by black people. Why should black people have to undergo this atrocity, when it’s white people doing the killing?!

No justice, no chicken!

The company acknowledged the searches may be an inconvenience but hopes customers understand the change as a necessary move to increase security. Some, though, view this as a violation of their privacy.  Danielle Valenzuela told KPHO she refused to let the movie theater search her purse.

“They don’t have permission to see what’s in my purse,” Valenzuela said. “What’s in my purse is my business.”

Valenzuela said she walked into the theater anyway and wasn’t stopped.

Good for Valenzuela, as we know that she has tacos in her bag! Esse, please! The reporter tried to get to the bottom of things, as indicated here:

PIX11 News has reached out to Regal to ask for further details about the policy, including if snacks would be confiscated if found in patrons’ bags. Outside food and drink are not allowed in movie theaters, but many moviegoers still bring them in to cut costs on snacks.

The fact is, if you pay for entertainment, you should be able to bring in whatever you want, within reason. Chicken (and tacos) are within reason, are they not?!

What foods have you sneaked into the theater?


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