Man Sues AMC Over Pricey Popcorn

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A Michigan man is fed up with the high prices of popcorn and soda at his local movie theater

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Days of the nickel-and-dime movie theater experience are long over, but a man in Livonia, Mich., has decided to sue AMC anyway over high concession prices, after the theater banned outside food and drinks.

The man, 20-something Joshua Thompson, filed the suit after buying a Coke and a box of Goobers for $8, the Detroit Free Press reports. (For reference, a Coke and Goobers would've cost Thompson $2.73 at a nearby drugstore.)

Other movie-goers claim that they pay $11 for a soft drink and popcorn, and the suit accuses AMC of violating the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.

"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." They're seeking refunds for customers and a civil penalty against the chain.

A call to New York City movie theaters told us that a 32-ounce Coke and a popcorn would come to a total of $10.25, so if a theater in the suburbs of Detroit is charging more than New York, we have a problem. (Or we could all just follow the high schoolers' lead and sneak food in with purses).

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