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Cinema employee reveals what staff think of customers who smuggle sweets into movies

Lucy Devine

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Cinema employee reveals what staff think of customers who smuggle sweets into movies

Does anyone buy sweets in the cinema anymore?

With snack prices often being pretty pricey, it's no wonder people choose to stock up on cheaper supermarket deals beforehand. But after stuffing them into every bag, pocket and jacket, cinema goers often look a little shifty when heading into their screen.

People often take their own snacks into the cinema. Credit: ArchivalSurvival/Alamy Stock Photo
People often take their own snacks into the cinema. Credit: ArchivalSurvival/Alamy Stock Photo

He explained that watching people try to smuggle sweets in was hugely entertaining, adding that one guy even hid chocolates under his hat.

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"I work at an independent cinema and I'm always being asked if you're allowed to bring in your own sweets to eat and what happens if we catch people bringing in 'outside sweets'," he wrote.

"I find it hilarious watching people try to sneak sweets into the cinema like they're on some sort of Breaking Bad drug smuggling scheme. I sit from the ticket booth watching them speak to their friends about the fact they already have sweets in their bag and flashing them the sweets.

"They look around to make sure nobody is watching and it's hilarious to me. What do they think i'm going to do? Send them to cinema jail for bringing in some Haribo."

The employee even went as far as to say that watching people sneak them in unnecessarily is the 'best part of the job'.

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"It's the best part of the job, honestly. That and the fact I get to see whatever film I want for free, of course," he continued.

"But rest assure everyone, there is no rule against bringing in your own sweets but please so carry on bringing them in in the most secret ways possible. I've even seen a lad hide some sort of chocolates under his cap that was a fantastic day."

While the Redditor works at an independent cinema, it seems the same applies to other big chains, too.

Over on Vue's website, one FAQ asks whether people are allowed to bring in their own food.

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Cinema snacks can often be pricey. Credit: Tyler Olson/Alamy Stock Photo
Cinema snacks can often be pricey. Credit: Tyler Olson/Alamy Stock Photo

The cinema chain responded: "Food and drink from outside our venues is perfectly welcome with the exception of hot food or alcohol."

Meanwhile, Cineworld said: "Cineworld have a strict no hot food or alcohol policy, and we reserve the right to refuse customers entry into the screens with hot food or alcohol bought outside the premises. All our cinemas display the necessary signage, advising customers of this policy."

They also added to one person on Twitter: "As long as it's not hot or strong smelling food, you're perfectly fine to bring it with you."

Featured Image Credit: RM Photography / Alamy Stock Photo/ Chloe Johnson / Alamy Stock Photo Reply

Topics: Food And Drink

Lucy Devine
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