Going to the movies tends to be a fairly relaxing experience. For two hours or more you’ll be sat down, with nothing to do but drink, eat, and enjoy the film. But behind the scenes, the theatre employees are putting up with all sorts of tedious things to ensure you have a pleasant experience. While you may not notice them enough to remember what screen they told you to go to, they have to put up with the worst consumers humanity has to offer.
Any customer-facing job is going to have its fair share of rude patrons and frustrating mishaps, but there’s something about the movie theatre that brings out the strangest behaviour in people. The combination of relaxation, entertainment, and the public setting seems to lead some people to believe they can do whatever they want.
We talked to real movie theatre employees to find out the most bizarre things they have encountered on the job, and boy, did they deliver.
1. Strange orders
“People ordering nacho cheese dip with their salty popcorn.”
2. Customers sleeping after the film
“Cinema tickets are really expensive, especially 3D and IMAX screens, but sometimes at the end of the night when we start to close, we find people asleep at the end of a film. It’s really awkward having to wake up both you and your partner an hour after your screen came out.”
3. Irresponsible parents
“The bane of my existence – bringing in babies and really young toddlers to films. I often wonder if the speakers damage an infant’s hearing. If that’s not bad enough, to top it all off, it’s when these new parents bring in their babies to watch an 18. I’m sorry, I’m not going to let you and your toddler in to see Deadpool.”
4. Finding discarded clothes
“We keep a lost and found for watches, jackets, jumpers etc. And when particularly sexy films come out we find underwear which we throw away. But we have found boxers covered in sh*t, and left in the toilet. Why do people think this is okay?”