These days, a trip to the cinema can cost up to $30 per person — and that’s if you go easy on the snack bar and veto 3-D. For those sick of paying exorbitant ticket prices, here’s an almost foolproof ploy to score two movie screenings for the price of one. (Note: Some “acting” may be required.)
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After the movie has ended, make a beeline to the ticket booth and demand to see the manager. As soon as they appear, launch into a bitter tirade about how the movie was ruined by a gaggle of rowdy, obnoxious teenagers.
This can either be entirely fabricated or based on a “half-truth”. (i.e. — The screening was almost certainly interrupted by talking teens at some point: it’s what they do.) If you’re not good at thinking on your feet, make a mental note of a few random teens so you can provide physical descriptions if prompted: vague responses are obviously best avoided.
It’s important to act as huffy and indignant as possible; preferably on the verge of shouting with your temper rising visibly the longer the conversation goes on for. You want to give the impression that you could blow at any minute; especially if restitution isn’t offered.
Nine times out of ten, the manager will comp you and your guests free tickets on the spot — it’s the quickest and most painless way to defuse the situation. You now have six months to plan a second, free trip to the cinema with your mates.
Naturally, this scam tends to only work once or twice per cinema. With that said, you can usually tease a few extra freebies by pulling off the same trick at different times of the day: this increases the odds of dealing with a different manager who won’t recognise your complaining face.
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