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AMC Movie Theatres Deny Military Discounts

Posted on 06/12/2007 7:38:33 PM PDT by murron

Movie Theatre Chain, AMC, gives student discounts, but none to our military members.


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My 20 year old son, who is in the Marines and is currently on his way home from Afghanistan and Kuwait, recently went to the movies when he was home on leave with 2 of his friends who attend college and are also 20. They pulled out their student IDs and were immediately given a discount admission ticket. But my son was denied a discount because he was told that there were no discounts for members of the military. My son, as well as others in the military, are sacrificing much for our country.

I wrote to AMC and my husband spoke on the phone to one of their representatives. He was basically given the run-around, and was told that their decision had nothing to do with our "invasion of Iraq" even though my husband didn't even mention that.

In the grand scheme of things, this may not seem important, but if college students can garner a special discount, why not those defending our country and our freedom?

1 posted on 06/12/2007 7:38:38 PM PDT by murron
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To: murron
"In the grand scheme of things, this may not seem important, but if college students can garner a special discount, why not those defending our country and our freedom?"

Good point.

2 posted on 06/12/2007 7:40:20 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: murron

Well - in our town we have two chains. AMC and Wehrenberg. Guess which one I’ll frequent?


3 posted on 06/12/2007 7:46:26 PM PDT by StarCMC (Desperately seeking a new tagline. Say something pithy and I'll steal it. :-))
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...was told that their decision had nothing to do with our "invasion of Iraq" ...

Right. The next time you, AMC, tell a Fairytale like that begin it with "And Once Upon A Time!

4 posted on 06/12/2007 7:47:35 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: StarCMC

I sure know which one you won’t visit.


5 posted on 06/12/2007 7:48:58 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: murron

Military make better money than students on average. I try not to be too generous with other people’s money.
They probably mentioned Iraq because they’ve heard complaints before.


6 posted on 06/12/2007 7:50:57 PM PDT by digitalbrownshirt (http://digitalbrownshirt.blogspot.com)
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To: murron

Sad and pathetic, isn’t it?


7 posted on 06/12/2007 7:53:07 PM PDT by condo_living_is_nice
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To: murron
A couple of options. First, a reviewer on the internet mentioned at least one AMC theater that would not give military discounts, but stated that all others did. I do not know if this is the one you speak of, and perhaps it would not be prudent to reveal any location information, but that's an interesting note.

Here are some suggested courses of action:

- Call other theaters and inquire about military discounts. If they do, tell your AMC that unless they give your son a military discount, you'll take your business somewhere else. Ask to speak to a manager, not the pimply-faced kid behind the counter. (Apologies to all pimply-faced kids who might be reading.)

- If they still don't, then take your business somewhere else (if you can...hopefully, that is feasible for you) and contact local talk shows and newspapers. First, you might try to sell it to them as a story. If they don't like that, then write with your opinion.

- Contact Corporate and find out if they generally offer military discounts, whether or not that's a local decision, how much sway they have in the matter, etc. Ask if the internet reviewer's assertion that all other AMC theaters offer discounts is true. Express your opinion on the matter.

You might could make a case for how much business they are sacrificing by appearing unfriendly to the military. (Tell them how often you'll be choosing other theaters, and how you'll tell all your friens and even write letters about it.)

Unfortunately, unless they're violating a corporate policy, being unpatriotic isn't illegal, but you don't have to give them business for it either.
8 posted on 06/12/2007 7:57:52 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free.)
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To: digitalbrownshirt

Income shouldn’t enter into their decision. The military puts a lot on the line and deserve every penny they make. In fact, they don’t get paid enough. It would be nice to do it just to say “Thanks, guys, for making it safe for our citizenry to go to movie theatres and not have to worry about being blown up by terrorists on American soil.”


9 posted on 06/12/2007 7:57:54 PM PDT by murron
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To: murron

Geezers(like me) even get a discount and most of us can easily afford the full price.

No discount for military makes no sense.


10 posted on 06/12/2007 7:58:57 PM PDT by Mears
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To: StarCMC

Make sure they also have declined to offer military discounts. We don’t know if this is a nationwide policy.


11 posted on 06/12/2007 7:59:08 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free.)
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To: murron

I’d have to support the business to decide whom they wish to give discounts to and who not to, just as it is the consumer’s right to decide what businesses they wish to frequent.

FWIW, I don’t think I’ve been inside a movie house since the *first* Bush Administration.


12 posted on 06/12/2007 8:02:09 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (Fred, are you in or out?)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

The person my husband spoke was the corporate spokesman at their national heaqdquarters. This is a matter of corporate policy he was told, so all their theatres would have the same policy, unless there was one or two renegade theatres that would buck corporate.


13 posted on 06/12/2007 8:03:58 PM PDT by murron
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To: murron

I’ve been enlisted and I’ve been a student, income has everything to do with it. I served because it was the right thing to do, not so I could get cheap seats at the movies.

Do you offer a military discount at your company? What about your husband’s? I’m not trying to be rude, I’m just curious.


14 posted on 06/12/2007 8:04:12 PM PDT by digitalbrownshirt (http://digitalbrownshirt.blogspot.com)
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To: murron
Let me see...I'm in the military and can write a list as long as my arm of all of the places that I don't get a discount. So what?

I do know of a few places that do give them, and I go there (Moe's Southwest Grill, for one).

15 posted on 06/12/2007 8:05:57 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (Nappy is the new N-word.)
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To: Tall_Texan

That was my point, but I think you were better at saying it. For a “Conservative” site, we have a lot of non-Conservative ideas here.


16 posted on 06/12/2007 8:06:48 PM PDT by digitalbrownshirt (http://digitalbrownshirt.blogspot.com)
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To: digitalbrownshirt

First of all, it’s not that my son wants cheap movie seats. It’s the principle of the thing. I know his buddies didn’t go to college to get cheap seats either.

As far as my husband and I, first of all, we don’t own our own business, but if we did, and we were to offer discounts to students, we would most definitely offer discounts to the military.


17 posted on 06/12/2007 8:08:59 PM PDT by murron
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To: murron

It’s never the “liberation” of Iraq from terrorist sponsoring evildoers that were a threat to the free west.

It’s always the “invasion” of poor little innocent Iraq.

Lefties are such naive’ twerps.


18 posted on 06/12/2007 8:15:56 PM PDT by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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To: murron
This is a little off the topic, but it made me think of this:

When I was in college, I decided to take a break from studying for semester exams and go to a college basketball game at the university I attended. I called ahead to find how much student tickets were so I could get enough money out of the ATM. I was told $8.00

I show up at the box office and present my student ID and ten dollar bill, and tell her one student ticket. She looks at me and states, “Your not in high school”

“Excuse me”

“Yes sir, student discount are for high school students”

I replied, “Let me make sure I have this right, a high school student gets into the game at a discount, but me, a college student that is paying tuition to attend here has to pay full price?”

“Yes”

and that’s why I to this day will not support the college I graduated from and throw all requests for alumni contributions in the trash.

19 posted on 06/12/2007 8:18:27 PM PDT by alvindsv
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To: digitalbrownshirt
If they can’t afford to give military discounts they shouldn’t give student discounts.
20 posted on 06/12/2007 8:18:45 PM PDT by mimaw
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To: murron

Ah, but think of all the places that military folks get a discount that students don’t- tattoo parlors, used car lots, pawn shops, rent-to-own- it all has a way of evening out.


21 posted on 06/12/2007 8:19:15 PM PDT by D.P.Roberts (Doing my part to build Uh-merica)
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To: murron

With all due respect to you and your son, simply don’t go there.

I am not sure why anyone (student, senior, military) should get a discount. The product is the product. I understand the concept of “sales” in retail, but I never quite understood the concept of the magical discount when you turned 55, or went to college, or in this case, put on the uniform.

That said, I HAVE bought drinks, coffees, and lunches for guys in uniform at the airports I’ve frequented over the past coupld of years. I am pretty free with my money, I just don’t agree with arbitrary discounts.

Just an opinion...


22 posted on 06/12/2007 8:22:03 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I am not from Vermont. I lived there for four years and that was enough.)
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy

One day in November, Every November (I thnk it is near Armed Forces Day), the Golden Corral chain gives away free dinners to the military, retired, NG, Reserves and their families. No ID required, a thank you for your service, and a great meal on the house.

Golden Corral gets my business through the entire year.

.....Bob


23 posted on 06/12/2007 8:26:24 PM PDT by Lokibob (Some people are like slinkys. Useless, but if you throw them down the stairs, you smile.)
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To: murron

My sympathies lie with our military folks of course. But frankly, I don’t see why anyone gets a discount except for children vs adults. Or ones based on the time of day, which is entirely logical in order to attract business during the slow portions of the day.

But really, children 1 price, adults another. Forget all the others.


24 posted on 06/12/2007 8:27:14 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: Vermont Lt

Obviously, we don’t wish to patronize them. But it’s a shame because AMC has the nice comfortable stadium seating and are nice theatres. The only other theatre in town is the old-fashioned kind with the seats with no leg space. My son is 6 feet 3 and has very long legs. I suppose he could just suck it up. He’s had to endure more in boot camp. But that’s still getting away from my point. During WWII days, the military was treated like royalty everywhere they went. If there were no discounts, I wouldn’t be writing this. But the fact is that they have made the decision to give discounts, and what’s wrong with including men and women who are putting their lives on the line?


25 posted on 06/12/2007 8:28:28 PM PDT by murron
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To: Lokibob

Thanks for the heads-up. Golden Corrale is one of my favorite places to go eat on a Saturday night. I will definitely encourage others to eat there as well.


26 posted on 06/12/2007 8:30:27 PM PDT by murron
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To: murron

It’s really up to the business...but then again it’s also up to the consumer. That’s the great thing about it!

We don’t know if this is a national policy of AMC or just a business choice...whichever it is, we don’ have to go to AMC Theaters.

Just Googling around, looks like most Regal Cinemas owned theaters offer military discounts, so it seems to be their policy. Also includes UA theaters. So there’s an option for your son if he wants a discount.

Now, companies that pay Military Differential Pay - meaning their active duty military get paid the difference between their military pay, and regular salary, while they are away on duty...those are companies that will ALWAYS get my business first. And I work for one as well.


27 posted on 06/12/2007 8:32:27 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; The majority are satisfied with a just master. -- Sallust)
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The rationale of student discounts has nothing to do with generosity on the part of the theaters.

The reality is probably that students have a more elastic demand for movie tickets than other groups due to their relative low income. It’s better for the theaters to get 10 students paying $7 then then students paying $9.

With the military, you’d probably get the same effect with the 18 year-olds on their first tour of duty. But the fact is that the theaters can’t just price in favor of that group. They would have to give the discount to everyone with a military ID, which is a heck of a lot of people. A lot of the retired military are able to get the military pension and work another job, so they often do pretty well.

I’m in the inactive ready reserve myself, so I have a valid military ID. I have commissary and base privileges, which I consider to be more than enough to compensate me for the chance I might still get called up.

If companies want to give me a discount as a business decision, great. Some do. But I don’t want to be part of some begging interest group trying to shake down companies. The military is there to serve America, not to squeeze honest businesses for every cent.

AMC is a good company, and I’ll be glad to pay full price to see one of their movies.


28 posted on 06/12/2007 8:33:09 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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Edit on second paragraph: “It’s better for the theaters to get 10 students paying $7 then 7 students paying $9.”

I’m tired. Sorry.


29 posted on 06/12/2007 8:35:40 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: murron

Unlike AMC, we are grateful for your son’s service to our Country.

>> In the grand scheme of things, this may not seem important,

This is very important and, unless AMC is willing to address this, AMC deserves no patronage.


30 posted on 06/12/2007 8:38:40 PM PDT by Gene Eric
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To: Our man in washington

I guess maybe I’m not making myself clear. I am not trying to shake down anyone. It’s not the money my son would save by getting the discount. That’s not the issue. I’m sensing an anti-military bias here. Granted there are a lot of military if you include retirees. But do you have any idea how many college students there are out there? And a young 20 year old male is going to go to the movies whether he is in the military or going to school, or neither.


31 posted on 06/12/2007 8:42:14 PM PDT by murron
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To: murron

Well, I would boycott AMC, but the last time I went to a movie was 1991, so I don’t think it would help much . . .


32 posted on 06/12/2007 8:47:28 PM PDT by Petruchio (Out to Lunch)
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To: Petruchio

I appreciate the sentiment.


33 posted on 06/12/2007 8:50:59 PM PDT by murron
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This is a very easy thing to fix.

BOYCOTT ALL AMC MOVIE THEATERS.

They will quickly change their tune when their revenues drop through the floor.

34 posted on 06/12/2007 8:53:41 PM PDT by antiunion person (Screw with us and we will close you down.)
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I’m sensing an anti-military bias here.

You're sensing an anti-entitlement bias here.

As it is, your son will get a hiring preference for the rest of his life (for jobs that he may or may not be qualified for) simply because he enlisted. That entitlement alone will cover the cost of any percieved slight at the box office.

Enjoy your movie...

35 posted on 06/12/2007 9:18:06 PM PDT by Triggerhippie (Always use a silencer in a crowd. Loud noises offend people.)
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To: Triggerhippie

Oh, yeah. Like I see all these rich military retirees walking around working in their dream jobs.

By the way, you misspelled perceived.


36 posted on 06/12/2007 9:28:10 PM PDT by murron
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To: digitalbrownshirt
They probably mentioned Iraq because they’ve heard complaints before.

Mentioning Iraq is one thing, using the phrase "invasion of Iraq" gives away their mindset - and it's not a matter of Military make better money than students on average... - "military" are putting their lives on the line, They sacrifice quite a bit more than students "on average" = that should count for something, even if only a bit of discount at the movies - Hel*, they should be given Complimentary tickets as a thank you...

37 posted on 06/12/2007 9:51:39 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ( "...but you can't fool all of the people all the time." LINCOLN)
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To: murron

ironic, but the owner is the billionaire phillip anschultz of denver described by a left wing group as a religious conservative.

see for yourself:

http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=13426


38 posted on 06/12/2007 9:56:08 PM PDT by ken21 (tv: 1. sells products. 2. indoctrinates viewers into socialism.)
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To: Triggerhippie

I would respectly suggest you go suck an egg


39 posted on 06/12/2007 10:00:01 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ( "...but you can't fool all of the people all the time." LINCOLN)
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To: ken21

Thanks for the heads-up. For a religious conservative, his theatres sure show some raunchy R-rated movies.


40 posted on 06/12/2007 10:04:28 PM PDT by murron
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“Soldiers and Dogs Stay Off the Grass”

What’s new?

Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, my dad always asked for military discount. Most of the places offered something...5% - 10% whatever. The amount wasn’t what mattered, what mattered was the gesture.

I have been in for 25 years this August. I ask now and again, and sometimes I get the discount, sometimes I don’t. Again, the amount doesn’t matter, but the gesture does.

One time I asked (I wish I remembered the place) and the guy said no. I said, we are a nation at war. He asked me why I wasn’t at war with all those that were.

I dropped my sh*t and told him I just got back, but thanks for your support none the less.

I hate to say this, but we are not a nation at war. Our military is at war (somebody better than me said this before) but our nation is at the mall.

I served, I did my job and I am proud of my service. I have gotten to the point I don’t even tell people I have served because I get the monkey doing a math problem look, than a perfunctory, “thanks for serving, quit looking at me stare”.

The guy that replaced me (I still stay in contact with) who has now de-mobilized tells me he is going through the same crap I went through a year ago. It would seem my left seat right seat is still going on.

I felt a real sense of belonging to this forum will I was deployed. Reality really hit home when I got home and realized that most people are totally ignorant as to what is really going on. Read the MSM.......most people believe all that.

OK, sorry, rant over.

AMC is not alone with not giving a military discount.

I hear all sorts of crap from people who don’t even know why we have a military.

41 posted on 06/12/2007 10:12:51 PM PDT by occamrzr06
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To: occamrzr06

Let me say with all sincerity “Thank you for your service.” You hit the nail on the head when you say it’s not the amount, it’s the gesture.


42 posted on 06/12/2007 10:20:29 PM PDT by murron
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To: murron
we would most definitely offer discounts to the military.

And Firemen? Paramedics? Doctors? Nurses? How about Border Agents, they are putting their lives on the line serving the nation. How far do we take it? Personally, I think it would be a good idea to offer military servicemen discounts, but it should be left up to the business to decide. I would think it would be better to have asked the corporate people to consider giving military servicemen a discount; putting a whining post on FR makes it seem like , IMHO, you were only interested in getting cheap seats.

43 posted on 06/12/2007 11:22:11 PM PDT by yhwhsman ("Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small..." -Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: murron

BTW, please tell your son well done, we’re proud of his service.


44 posted on 06/12/2007 11:26:03 PM PDT by yhwhsman ("Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small..." -Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: maine-iac7

Just to clarify: Did we not “invade” Iraq? Whether I agree or not with the justification (I do), I don’t see how you can argue that we didn’t “invade”.


45 posted on 06/13/2007 3:45:53 AM PDT by digitalbrownshirt (http://digitalbrownshirt.blogspot.com)
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To: yhwhsman

I agree with you that it should be left up to the business to decide whether to give a discount or not. The problem as I see it is that the business is offering a discount to one group of persons (students) and not another (military). That is their decision. However, it is also my decision to choose not to patronize that particular business based upon their business decision.

Lastly, unlike you, I did not see the original post as whining to get cheap seats at a movie. Rather as using this forum as an outlet to inform the masses of like minded people of something they may not be aware of. I for one did not know that AMC was conducting their business this way. Now, I can make a better informed decision the next time I go to the movies.


46 posted on 06/13/2007 4:16:40 AM PDT by alvindsv
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To: maine-iac7

I take that to mean that you support entitlements...

Whatever, Dude...


47 posted on 06/13/2007 5:15:56 AM PDT by Triggerhippie (Always use a silencer in a crowd. Loud noises offend people.)
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To: murron
After midnight, my spelling is always questionable. I'm surprised there was only one.

Like I see all these rich military retirees walking around working in their dream jobs.

Most of the retirees that I've worked with (as a UXO tech) couldn't pour piss out of a boot. (Others would have succeeded in *anything* they chose to do.) Many of them "double-dip" into other retirement programs. The Secret Service junta that has taken over the FAM program is triple-dipping (Military, SS, and FAM). They seem to have an even greater sense of entitlement.

The fact remains, however, that entitlement politics is the tool of the left. Boycotting a business because they don't give out the same entitlements that you'd like to see, is straight out of the Jesse Jackson playbook. As a conservative, I refuse to sink to the level of the left.

48 posted on 06/13/2007 5:31:25 AM PDT by Triggerhippie (Always use a silencer in a crowd. Loud noises offend people.)
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To: Mears

The basic question which must be asked is does AMC show any movies worth paying for?


49 posted on 06/13/2007 5:39:20 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Truth : Liberals :: Kryptonite : Superman)
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To: yhwhsman

Obviously, you didn’t read the rest of my posts.


50 posted on 06/13/2007 6:04:46 AM PDT by murron
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