Cops Called On Black Man Accused Of Sneaking Into Theater
Black Lives Matter Arizona has started a protest against AMC movie theaters for “racial profiling, harassment, and mistreatment” of a black man who was wrongfully accused of sneaking into a Captain Marvel showing.
Yahoo News reports that Larry Shelton, 40, a mortgage banker was watching Captain Marvel at an AMC theater in Phoenix when he got up to use the restroom and re-fill his drink.
“I’m walking back to my seat with my cup when a manager runs up and said I entered the building through an exit door,” Shelton told Yahoo. “He was very nasty with me and told me to leave.”
Shelton returned to his seat, but, the security guard was persistent, so he recorded the incident. Police later arrived at the theater lobby,
“These guys said you didn’t have a ticket,” said an officer, indicating the manager who said, “Sir, you walked in an exit door and my staff warned me they did not sell you a ticket…I am sure. Nobody scanned your ticket.”
Shelton showed the manager his movie ticket and the manager said, “Oh yes, this is a ticket that does look like it was purchased…but you should have shown me the ticket…you walked in [from] the exit door.”
“Do you know how embarrassing this is?” added Shelton. He asked for a refund and the manager said, “You’re not getting a refund. You violated our code of conduct by turning a flashlight on in the theater.”
Police confirmed that no law was broken. AMC released a statement saying,
“AMC deeply regrets that this avoidable situation occurred. Based on our initial investigation, including interviews with the theatre staff and our outreach to the guest, this situation could have been handled differently to minimize frustration, and we’ve offered our sincere apologies to Mr. Shelton. Regarding what transpired, a member of the theatre team, acting on information about unauthorized access to the theatre through an exit door, approached a guest in the area, who was reentering an auditorium mid-movie. When the guest declined to show his ticket stub, the manager called for security, and when the guest again declined to show his ticket stub or leave the auditorium, the theatre called the police. Once police arrived, the guest produced his ticket.”
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