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Age discrimination at the movies is unfair

Posted: July 17, 2008 11:36 p.m.
Updated: September 18, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Recently, in an effort to help my mother out, I went to buy movie tickets for her and a friend at the Edwards Cinema in Canyon Country.

The gentleman at the window asked to see my I.D. (I am 20 years old) and said he could only sell me one R-rated movie ticket because I wasn't 21 years old.

There was no sign posted anywhere about this rule, and no fine print at all on any of the signs they had; the only reference I could find to this rule was in the employee handbook, which the man had to scramble to find and print out for me.

Let's look at some facts. At age 20 I can: Enlist in the military and fight in a war; get a passport and leave the country; get married and start a family; buy pornography; become a stripper; be economically independent; and vote. But I CANNOT buy more than one R-rated movie ticket.

Corporate said it was "to prevent underage children from seeing violent movies." But is this the right way to go about this issue - by punishing adults?

I personally believe that if there was a visible sign, people would begin to question this rule, which is why they have not done so thus far, even though as a business they are required to post their restrictions and policies so that they are visible to customers.

Based on this ridiculous rule, I would not be able to get more than one R-rated ticket until the week I acquire my bachelor's degree. There is something wrong with a rule that affects every family and adult under the age of 21.


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