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Capitalists in Capitol Theatre

By Sands 1 January 2008 51

I went to the movies in Manuka yesterday to see No Country for Old Men.  About half an hour into the movie I went downstairs to buy some water but they were closing up.  The guy working in the candy bar said it wasn’t too late to buy something but that I’d need the exact change.

I asked how much the water was and he said “Really expensive, it’s $4.50”.  I had a $20 note and $4.45 in coins.  I asked if $4.45 was ok and he said “No, sorry I can’t give it to you for $4.45”.  I laughed and asked him if he was serious and he said “yeah, sorry”.

What kind of greed is that where they’ll charge $10 for popped corn but deny a patron water because they’re 5c short!  I was dumbfounded.  Luckily the movie was brilliant so I didn’t stew on it…

[ED] On the other hand their tickets are only $8 which is for all sessions and all days, far better than paying $16.50 elsewhere.

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astrojax 10:25 pm 03 Jan 08

skid’s jest happiest when the ‘nats are on, but otherwise, he’s just plain contrary for being contrarary; in’t ye skid?

Sands 3:49 pm 03 Jan 08

Has it? I’ve really enjoyed the post thanks! I think you’ve missed the point (I wont explain it). Either way, dude, why the aggro?!

Skidbladnir 3:41 pm 03 Jan 08

This has all the markings of being another “Store X around town gave me a bad experience (pizzamen, meat pies, coffees, etc) and I intend to let everyone know” thread that has backfired on the poster. 😐

Sands 2:50 pm 03 Jan 08

EXACTLY JD! (except nobody mention the $20 note anymore – he didn’t refuse to break it… I didn’t even offer to pay with it. It was only included for detail, but has just confused things)

I thought the exact same thing about a 5c piece lying around.

I guess I should add that I did a little feel sorry for him (later) if he was that scared about 5c.

JD114 2:41 pm 03 Jan 08

Years ago I lived in Fairfield Co Connecticut (apparently the highest per capita income in the world) and I went to Walgreens to get some headache tabs or something, the price was something like $0.98, I discovered I had $0.97 in change or a $50 note. I asked the cashier if $0.97 would be OK but she said no, and when I pulled out the $50 note she seemed reluctant to change it! Anyway there were about half a dozen coiffured ladies in $3000 designer dresses behind me so I turned around and asked if anyone could let me have a penny so I didn’t have to break a $50 note for such a small purchase. Well, you’d swear Jesus had just appeared in the air. I’ll never forget the sight of these mega-rich cows trying their hardest to convince themselves I couldn’t be addressing them, by looking up, around, over, anywhere but at me! Over one American cent!!!

Locally I can understand the dude not wanting to break the $20 if he was balancing the till, but he could easily have taken the offered payment of $4.45 if he felt inclined. I suspect a quick scrounge around the bottom of the counter would have turned up a 5c piece to balance the books!

Sands 2:37 pm 03 Jan 08

Nooo astrojax, Dendy show the ones I want to see (at $9 or something) and I actually think Hoyts Woden is more comfortable (chair wise). So I’ll still go to Manuka – coz it’s/I’m so cheap 😉

Danman 1:25 pm 03 Jan 08

Astrojax – Dendy Premium ?

astrojax 1:05 pm 03 Jan 08

“And yes, I’ll still go there coz it’s so cheap.”

um, and prob’ly ’cause it’s where they show the films you want to see… 😉

(why doesn’t my local IGA show films so i can get cheap rice crackers and marinated kangaroo rolled roasts with the flick? eh, eh, eh?)

Sands 11:40 am 03 Jan 08

I guess that’s part of my gripe. When I was at uni and worked in a bar, management would be ok if my till was around $5 either side of balancing. My patrons had nothing to complain about and kept coming back.

It’s not like I’m working in the change box where every cent would count (or in their case ticket sales – hmm, not entirely sure that works). It’s just that it’s a customer service role so shouldn’t just be about dollars and cents.

The purchasing *experience* is just as important :-).

And yes, I’ll still go there coz it’s so cheap. But next time it wont be a drop-in and I wont be so damned hungover. I’m less grumpy today because it’s the first day of the year I’m NOT hungover!

Mr Evil 11:37 am 03 Jan 08

Ah, VY haven’t times changed: now if you don’t change bin liners it’s called being enviromentally conscious! 🙂

VYBerlinaV8 11:09 am 03 Jan 08

Oh and Sands, while I agree that not letting 5c slide is a bit lame, if the guy’s boss rides him about stuff like that, he has no choice. I once worked for a guy back in uni days where, when we emptied the bins, we were expected to empty the bin liner, and put the same bin liner back in the bin!

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