Slapping a movie theatre with a massive lawsuit might not be the best way to make them lower their prices, methinks…

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Joshua Thompson, a 20-year-old “security technician” from the Motor City suburb of Livonia, has initiated a class-action lawsuit against AMC Theaters, complaining that their concessions are overpriced.  As per the suit, he paid eight bucks for some peanuts and a pop on boxing day, which was almost three times what they’d cost at a drugstore.  Thompson also said in his lawsuit that he used to take his own pop and candy to the AMC in Livonia until the theater posted a sign banning the practice, according to the DFP.  Wow, who knew you could prevent petty crime in Detroit simply by posting a sign!?

Don’t get me wrong, the dude has a point.  But forcing a theatre chain to pay millions in damages to make them lower their prices seems a little counterintuitive.  “Gee, we just lost a buncha money in a big lawsuit—let’s charge our customers less to make up for lost profits!”  Yeah right…

Mind you, it seems this suit has little chance of succeeding, as per a couple of legal experts interviewed on the subject.  Apparently, the Michigan Supreme Court has a set precedent of excluding regulated businesses, including movie theatres, from its Consumer Protection Act.  It’s also worth noting that the National Association of Theatre Owners “angrily hung up the phone” on a reporter asking about snack prices.

Y’see kids, this is when you boycott something instead of hiring a lawyer…

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