I’ve been a movie-goer my entire life, and I have never seen anyone escorted out. Not even the time I complained about a group of teenagers cursing out a friend and talking over “Paranormal Activity.”
This past weekend, a Brooklyn man was escorted out of a theatre for doing something I’m sure we’ve all done. Michael Kass was apparently escorted from the Pavillion Theatre in Park Slope for bringing in a container of strawberries to snack on. Kass brought his own snacks because he suffers from Type 2 diabetes. According to the most recent statistics from the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million adults and children in the United States are living with the disease.
A visit to the Pavillion Theatre’s website doesn’t say anything about patrons not being allowed to bring in outside snacks, though it’s generally an unspoken rule that outside snacks are frowned upon in theaters. Pavillon, nor other movie houses are looking to detract from their own concession deals, like Pavillon’s $18 smoothie and crepe deal.
In a report from 2009, it was found that movie theatres profit 85 percent from concession sales. But items like buttered popcorn and large sodas aren’t tailored to someone struggling with Type 2 diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, those who struggle with the disease should always carry food with them, and should have meals low in sugars, fats and cholesterols.
Though Kass did break the rules, it seems excessive that he was escorted out by a manager and two police officers–especially after initially asking for a refund when confronted and being denied one. I’m sure that other diabetes sufferers and others with particular dietary needs will continue to sneak in snacks, as it doesn’t appear as though movie theaters will offer fresh fruits or healthier snacks any time soon.