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Israeli MP Plans Passing a New Popcorn Law 51

Posted by samzenpus
from the movie-quality-assurance-law dept.
Israeli lawmaker Carmel Shama is taking on the tough issue of overpriced popcorn at the movies. "We have to put an end to this. The public should not have to mortgage their houses for a soft drink and a snack," Shama said. He plans to bring his "popcorn law," which would put limits on what public entertainment venues could charge, up for a vote when the parliament returns from Passover break next week. I'm sure Israelis are glad that they have no other issues that need to be addressed right now.

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Israeli MP Plans Passing a New Popcorn Law

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  • Right (Score:3, Insightful)

    by AP31R0N (723649) on Wednesday March 31, 2010 @12:01PM (#31688804)

    Because the Israeli gov't can work on exactly ONE problem at a time. Science can only work on curing cancer and nothing else.

    *sigh*

    Frack you, subby.

    • by Higaran (835598)
      I'm not exactly an expert on that area, but I think he meant that they have alot of bigger problems to worry about then the price of popcorn at the movies.
      • by AP31R0N (723649)

        i read the post, i know what he meant.

        i have bigger problems than what to have for lunch, that doesn't mean i should go hungry until i've paid off my student loans. In fact, i *can't* work on that problem all the time.

        People can work on more than one problem at a time. Gov'ts can work on more than one problem at a time through the magic of division of labor. Science can multitask as well. As cool as cold fusion would be not all scientists WANT to work on that, some can't, and sometimes people want other

    • That was one of the premises of hitler's 'Mein Kampf'. Govt. should focus on one clearly defined set of goals, and then move onto the next. If you throw too many things at public at one time, the masses will get confused and not know what to do. 8-)

      In the U.S, President Obama's case, he is trying to set up a system where nobody has to worry about getting sick and possibly dieing ever, and in Israel they are tackling to popcorn crisis.

  • hmmm (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward
    I wonder if he realizes they have to charge that much to stay in business. The movie companies take most of the profits for showing the movies.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Locke2005 (849178)
      The movie companies take most of the profits for showing the movies. Not if you download the movies from bittorent.
  • by dentree4 (1424693) on Wednesday March 31, 2010 @02:43PM (#31691162) Homepage
    popcorn goes from 10 to 2, movie goes from 10 to 18 to compensate, This won't work well...
    • I think the theaters have to give a percentage of the ticket price to the movie company so it's more like ticket prices go from 10 to 25 to compensate.
  • that's the kind of communism the US should be turning it's back on. next: access to affordable, high-quality popcorn for all people will be a "human right".

  • The only reason I go to cinema is because no one forces my hand to buy overpriced popcorn... I'm glad I'm not an Israeli!
    • I don't think there's any country where you are forced to buy pop-corn at the cinema; not even Israel.
      • by Dalzhim (1588707)
        When they restore the popcorn's price to a sane level, the price of the movie will go up. In the end, the customers will have to pay something close to the price of the movie + the old overpriced popcorn, except they won't be getting any popcorn without buying it for a "fair price". I prefer keeping the price of the movie lower while having overpriced popcorn and not be forced to buy any.
        • Next stage: ticket sales decline, so theatres attempt to attract customers by making special offers, such as "free popcorn with every ticket!"

          And the only thing that changes is that people who say videogames aren't too expensive wind up making less-roundabout arguments.

  • by Locke2005 (849178) on Wednesday March 31, 2010 @05:49PM (#31693916)
    Turns out screening for suicide bombers at theater doors is also a pretty effective means of keeping customers from smuggling in their own refreshments! Here's a thought: eat and drink before and after going to the theater, and raise your middle finger every time you walk past the concession counter!
  • . . . microkernel is the way to go!

  • This is what happens when you allow service and goods providers to dictate the usage and buying of customers. Theaters don't allow you to take in anything other than food and drinks bought from them.
    There aren't that many theaters around that you could say it's the consumers choice.
    They should just make it illegal for theaters to stop people eating their own food and the problem would be solved.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      This is what happens when you allow service and goods providers to dictate the usage and buying of customers. Theaters don't allow you to take in anything other than food and drinks bought from them. There aren't that many theaters around that you could say it's the consumers choice. They should just make it illegal for theaters to stop people eating their own food and the problem would be solved.

      BAH. I want the overpriced food and drinks. If they take those away, other things will get more expensive. If someone wants to have popcorn and a soda, let them. They won't starve without them. I'd support a law forbidding theaters from not allowing water to be brought in though. The overpriced goods allow ticket prices to remain relatively low.

      • As long as I can't see into the finances of large multiplex cinemas I'm going to call bullshit.
        It certainly contradicts observations.

        Despite the expensive beverages, ticket prices are far from low. They're absolutely horrendous. I know of places where within the last five years multiplex cinemas have driven smaller theaters out of business and the ticket prices have since doubled.

        They say they need the drinks to stay in business, but if they can't make a profit on their main product, which is showing movies

    • Would you go to a restaurant and bring your own sandwich?

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by LordVader717 (888547)

        When I go to a restaurant I pay for a meal. If I don't I'm taking up space. They'll throw me out even if I don't take anything along. When I go to the cinema I go there to watch a movie and have already payed for an expensive ticket.

        Should a hotel confiscate your phone on the grounds that you're less likely to use the pricey hotel phone and WiFi services?
        Should airlines confiscate iPods and the like because they want to force you to pay for in-flight entertainment?

        • by rolfwind (528248)

          When I go to a restaurant I pay for a meal. If I don't I'm taking up space. They'll throw me out even if I don't take anything along. When I go to the cinema I go there to watch a movie and have already payed for an expensive ticket.

          Should a hotel confiscate your phone on the grounds that you're less likely to use the pricey hotel phone and WiFi services?
          Should airlines confiscate iPods and the like because they want to force you to pay for in-flight entertainment?

          What are the movie theaters confiscating?

          • That's one way of looking at it, but the reason we have consumer protection laws is because without them we would be exposed to a lot more of this kind of anti-competitive behavior.
            It's easy to simply say you could go elsewhere but particularly for cinema that is just not an option for most people.

          • by M8e (1008767)

            What are the movie theaters confiscating?

            Outside food/drinks, cameras, notebooks etc.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Overpriced drinks and food is actually better for consumers from an "equality" perspective.

    This is because, if the drinks and food weren't overpriced, everyone could buy them, but cinema tickets would have to be higher to compensate.

    At the moment, people with less money can still go to see movies very comfortably so long as they just drink and eat a bit before the film. That's not a very large burden. It's also efficient from the perspective of cinemas - because with a fixed amount of seats (and a theatre t

  • by Dunbal (464142) *

    No one is forced to buy pop-corn at cinemas. In fact, there's no rule that says you have to eat while watching a movie. Let them charge what they want. Separating fools from their money is a holy duty.

To thine own self be true. (If not that, at least make some money.)

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