Monday, February 4, 2013
More Senior Moments
While there I noticed a big poster promoting Senior Wednesdays; anyone 55 or older could watch any movie at any showing for $5.00. Regular price is $6.50(which seems like a bargain itself) so the savings aren't huge, but what the Hell, a $1.50 is 5 3/4 bullets.
I was hot to see Zero Dark Thirty (I won't tell you how it ends if you don't tell me how Lincoln ends) so I headed out on the first available Wednesday to avail myself of the cheap ticket. Just as an aside here, I know some people are creeped out going to the movies alone. Not me, been doing it all my life. Same with dining out. In my over 30 years on the road working, I probably ate more meals alone than with a dining partner. So I plan to spend many a future Wednesday afternoon alone, watching movies I want to see.
First thing I notice at the cinema is that among the people milling about in the lobby, mostly couples, I might well be the youngest. Obviously seniors are cheap and bored. I get in line to get my ticket (yes, I know I could have purchased it online, but the $1.00 convenience charge sort of defeats the purpose) and the woman directly in front of me is, to my keen eye, somewhere in her 70's. I hear her ask for 1 ticket for Les Mis. The cashier rings it up and asks for $5.00. Now my turn. I ask for 1 for Zero Dark Thirty. The cashier asks "Will that be one regular ticket"? No, I say, that will be 1 Senior ticket. As she rings it up I jokingly ask "Were you trying to be kind to me?", meaning not assuming I was a Senior. In a snippy tone she says "I have to hear it from your mouth. I'm tired of people yelling at me for assuming they're seniors".
Well, okay then. I wanted to point out that she hadn't made the woman in front of me ask for a Senior ticket, or that she should look around and realize the average age of those in line was 72. Or go ahead and get my concealed carry permit and cap her insolent, punk ass. Be the last time a cashier messes with me.