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Security Theater

Regal Cinemas, a national movie theater chain, has instituted a new policy for its 600 locations: ushers now demand to look inside purses, diaper bags, backpacks, “and other large containers” to look for guns after recent theater shootings. “I would have cleaned out my purse a little if I knew they would be going through it,” complained one woman in Hooksett, N.H. “I was surprised when they said they needed to look at it.” There is no sign outside the ticket office advising of the new policy. “Security issues have become a daily part of our lives in America,” the chain said in a statement. “We acknowledge that this procedure can cause some inconvenience and that it is not without flaws, but hope these are minor in comparison to increased safety.” Movie-goers complained that the teenaged employees didn’t seem to have any training of what to do if they did find a gun. (RC/New Hampshire Union Leader) ...Looking for guns? Hah! They’re looking for candy bars that haven’t been marked up to 10x retail.
Original Publication Date: 13 September 2015
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