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Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Monday, March 05, 2012

I'm for loser-pays tort reform in the U.S.

There's no downside to loosing a frivolous law suit in this country. And soulless lawyers like it that way....

From Freep.com -- Joshua Thompson loves the movies.

But he hates the prices theaters charge for concessions like pop and candy.

This week, the 20-something security technician from Livonia decided to do something about it: He filed a class action in Wayne County Circuit Court against his local AMC theater in hopes of forcing theaters statewide to dial down snack prices.

"He got tired of being taken advantage of," said Thompson's lawyer, Kerry Morgan of Wyandotte. "It's hard to justify prices that are three- and four-times higher than anywhere else."

What a moron! If the price of popcorn and sodas is cheaper elsewhere, why doesn't he see a movie at those places? That's how the market works.

Let me clue you people in to something: theaters aren't in the business of entertaining you with movies, they're in the business of selling stale snacks and watered down drinks for as much money as you'll pay for them. Movie theaters are in the snack business. If barbershop quartets brought more people in to buy snacks, there would be no movie theaters.

Look, everybody hates paying $9 for a box of popcorn and $6 for a small Coke, but if that's too much, don't pay it. No body's forcing anybody to buy tickets and snacks, it's your choice.

This dingle berry's skeevy lawyer knows he can't win such a stupid suit, but he thinks he might be able to get a settlement of which he'll skim a quick 30%. And if he loses, no harm done(to him that is, AMC is out lots of lawyer fees to defend it) he can just sue the next deep-pocketed mark on behalf of a citizen looking for an easy score.


Anonymous said...

I like the term dingle berry. My wife complains about the sheer number of commercial breaks on American Idol. I keep telling her that TV doesn't exist to entertain, it exists to sell advertising and if the content is more entertaining the more people watch and the more advertising revenue the network makes. Doesn't stop her whinging though. TiVo is a big help.

Ed said...

Right you are anon. At some point the ads will be too much for your wife to enjoy the bad singing on Idol and she'll choose to watch something else. And our market economy will have functioned perfectly...no lawyers are needed.

Bill Lockhart said...

In fact movie-making is so expensive that theater costs are way high. Their main source of revenue is actually--wait for it--THE SNACK BAR. While tickets are still pricy too, if you had to pay $50 to see "The Hangover Part II"--but could get popcorn for 75 cents would one really be happier?