The "NO BAGS" Policy at the Movies

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This is one that has been irking Jeff and me for nearly a year now.

Just after the terrorist attacks of last year, our nearby Hoyts Cinema 16 posted the sign you see above. It reads:

ATTENTION PATRONS

TO ENSURE YOUR SAFETY AND THAT OF OUR
EMPLOYEES, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, NO
BACKPACKS, SHOPPING BAGS, OVERSIZED PURSES,
OR OTHER PACKAGES WILL BE ALLOWED INTO THE
THEATRE.

THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR COOPERATION AND
UNDERSTANDING.

So, no bags of any sort in the movie theater. And they mean it, too. Just try to walk in with a new CD in its little paper sheath. Just the alarmist nature of this policy would be enough to qualify this as a Peeve. But its the logistical aspect that really get us.

This movie theater is in a MALL. At a mall, you tend to acquire shopping bags (well, I do anyway). What are you supposed to do with your stuff if you want to cap off your evening with a fine major motion picture release? For us, it means a frantic trip back to the parking lot and back to throw our loot in the car.

But this mall is right smack in the middle of downtown. What if you took the mayor's advice and took public transportation to the mall? With no lockers provided, what do you do with your packages then?

The solution, as far as I can tell, is to take your purchases out of the bags and find some way to wear them or carry them on your person. Hordes of teenagers walk into movies looking like gypsies. I'm sure the mall is thrilled with the others who opt not to buy anything at all.

We suspect that this was just the opportunity Hoyts and other movie companies were waiting for to finally prevent people from bringing their own food into the theater. Thank goodness Jeff's pockets are big enough for Junior Mints!