Should outside food be allowed inside cinema halls or not?
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Cinemas should either decrease the price of their food items or allow outside food
I would say that either outside food be allowed inside cinema halls, especially in multiplexes where price of the food items sold is very high when compared to the market price or the cinemas should decrease the price of the food items to economical rates.
For an example, just consider this scenario:
A master who gets confronted with an important meeting, instead of throwing away the tickets for a movie running in a multiplex into dustbin at 11th hour hands, he hands it over to his maidservant. Pleased with an opportunity to show a movie to her kid, she dresses her kid up smartly and takes her to that cinema just in time. On the way, she buys a packet of chips for rupees 10, so that her kid can have it during the interval, but unfortunately guards at the entry gait of the cinema did not allow her to enter cinema premises with that packet of chips, so she politely hands it over to the guard and watches the movie.
During the interval or break, when other kids were munching popcorn and other eateries which almost cost as much as the tickets, her kid asks for the same. She was not able to afford it, neither will she able to control the kid who is envious of other kids who are eating those unaffordable stuff, which is not unaffordable outside.
Unable to control her kid, she drags him out and gives him back those chips which guard had kept at the entry gate. Now, she is out and she cannot watch the other part of movie and neither can her kid who after munching it wants to get back inside to watch the rest of the movie.
Now does not this lady have a right to complain that let these folks be given license only to show movie and not to sell food items at unaffordable prices. Even if they continue to sell it, why restrict someone from carrying food items from outside who cannot afford it or don't want to spend money on it. I have even found that mineral water, which is a basic necessity, is sold double than the market price in cinema halls these days.
Now, I ask you one thing that should outside food be allowed inside cinema halls or not?
Many people say no because they think that is how business goes, one entity snatches away an attribute of another entity on the fact of survival and entertainment. The entity snatching away the money are these multiplexes and the entity giving the money for entertainment are us, the consumers.
So I say we should be allowed to carry outside food inside cinema premises after a thorough checking of the food items. Certainly, no one wants to pay more than the actual cost of something, be it a middle class or upper class, no point paying 20 bucks for a bottle of 10 bucks, so at the bottom, it hurts all of us but because it is a multiplex, no one complains, but it hurts.
Now consider this, outside foods are allowed (okay allow only limited type of foods inside, not the one like the family picnic). Customers would be happy more than ever as they get to see their favorite movie as well as much their favorite food without bothering how much money is left in their wallets after buying the expensive tickets.
I would like to give you my own example in a multiplex.
After watching half of the movie in the interval, I asked for a bottle of water and I was told to pay 20 bucks. I handed out 10 bucks and the guy told me politely sir it is 20 bucks and not 10, and I said but the bottle says 10 bucks, what will you do with the remaining 10 bucks, he ignored and kept the bottle back and said that it is what everyone pays here and this is what the price is and if you do not believe me, just have a look at the menu list. Obviously by now, I had caught the attention of many behind me, although not saying anything but by the their body language, I understood that they were backing me up. So I proceeded with the guy and asked him to call his manager, as I wanted to talk to him. I was unaware that the manager was already behind me and was watching me. He came over and politely took me out of the crowd and told me that this is the price we have kept for selling this item and if do not want to purchase it, it's your wish. So what I do now, I just told him that yes I am feeling thirsty and I want to drink water, so here are your 20 bucks and please at least give me water to drink.
So you can see how these multiplexes are making money and I think these two examples are sufficient enough to prove that outside or home food should be allowed inside cinema premises or the multiplexes decrease the prices to economical standards as people who come to watch movies come from different classes, upper class, middle class, and lower class and if they are allowing outside food, the food should not be a family picnic type but should be a small one, or the multiplex owners can keep a specific amount of weight to be carried inside cinemas, just like in airplanes. For safety reasons, all food items should be thoroughly checked.
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