Skip to comments.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.
I don’t recall asking anyone to boycott the theatre. The only course of action I was hoping to take was to contact the corporation and ask them to reconsider their position. If that’s what you call whining, then so be it.
I completely understand your point...and I would, personally, happily pay for his movie. As I am sure hundreds of folks here would as well.
I think your point about “making the decisions to give discounts” is the place where you and I part ways. As a business owner I am amazed at the number of folks that pound me for senior discounts, student discounts, etc. People dont want to pay tax or shipping (I am an internet business.) They are always assuming that I cover all of that in my day to day costs. What they dont realize is that my day to day costs ARE covered, when I charge a reasonable rate for my service/product.
I appauld you son’s service. I know how the mil life sucks sometimes. I just dont think companies should be thought of poorly for not cutting their prices for “groups.” Yes, some groups are more worthy than others. But that is for the company to “live and die” with.
Tell your son if he’s ever in MA, let me know. I will get him into whatever movie he wants. Really. I would consider it a pleasure and an honor.
Sorry for the double post, but I thought I might add this—just to let you know how people DO treat our guys.
Over the past three days I was on four flights with returning service men. In each case the pilot came on and told us about the guys coming home—either for good, or on their two week leave. The planeload of people erupted. And it wasn’t just polite applause. If the crowd could have stood up and shaken their hands they would have.
In another case as I was coming off a plane, I heard a roar from inside. The entire end of the terminal in Cincinatti was giving a standing ovation to a group of guys coming home. Strangers were going across the floor to shake hands and pat these guys on the back. The troops were humbled to tears.
The country supports these guys. I am proud of your son’s decision to serve his country. You might be surprised at how much support they will see in everyday places.
Quite honestly, I had chills.
Here is a follow-up. I just received an e-mail from the AMC spokeswoman, and they will make discounted tickets available at Camp Lejeune, where my son is stationed, so that the military personnel there can purchase discounted tickets directly on the base.
Even taking into account income, most of the young NCO families almost have to resort to food stamps. When my husband was a young NCO, we had a hard time making ends meet. Our rent was 400 a month, car payment was 250, utilities were around 300 all included. When you income is only a little over 1000 a month, that doesn’t leave much left over. I don’t know what base pay for NCOs are now, but I can’t imaging there has been much of an improvement.
I support showing appreciation - an entitlement comes with a law - appreciation is a simple kindness to recognize someone's contribution
Just got off the phone with my grandson in Afghanistan - he's Special Forces - had a lot of bullets whizzing around his head lately - I'd like to think he got a tiny token of appreciation when he gets back home.
what branch of the service did you serve in , which theater of war?
The fact that they are now willing to give the discounts through the military base but not at the box office tells me that somehow they are afraid of repercussions from the anti-military left if they post with the other discounts that they are giving one to the armed forces as well.
Good idea. I think everyone who can should give special discounts to all military members. Deep discounts, if possible.
Because you aren’t allowed an opinion unless your a veteran. Get a grip.
USAF, Gulf War, big f’ing deal.
How is a private business offering a discount to the military a non-conservative idea?
"Most" "almost" have to resort to food stamps? Wow...I just have to believe what you are saying then.
Except that I was enlisted for 9 years and never had to resort to public assistance.
That "could" be it, but consider that this service has to be ran past the base commander and usually individuals like that make sure the people who are "supposed" to get services assigned for "Military Only" make sure exactly "that" happens.
Further, the service will be advertised ON the Base proper by way of arranging to have the discounts to be purchased their and of course the base commander will know that the AMC theater is reaching out to his soldiers. (we are talking Army here IIRC).
I would say it is more just sound thinking by AMC. I would not rush to assign nefarious dealings based on that bit of info alone.
Or they decided their minimum wage employees have a hard enough time doing their job without having to track a huge list of various ID types for which to give discounts.
Just read the first message. Sorry bout that MARINES should replace the two words in BOLD in the above quote...
please see post 65 for corrections... ;-)
No what I said.
Just wondered if you had any understanding - not so much, really, of being a servicemen as being a human being with an appreciation of what the troops do for us. (I might be a bit edgy today as I just had a long conversation with my dear grandson, who is now in harms way in Afghanistan 0- Special Forces and in fierce firefights.)
I don't think it's "entitlement" to show a tid-bit of appreciation to them - just to let them know we care.
Civilian contractor. SWATO. ‘03.
Trying to bully a corporation into giving discounts is straight out of the Jackson/Sharpton handbook. If you don’t like AMC, then don’t watch movies there. That’s your right, just like it’s their right to give or not give discounts to whomever they please.
Sorry if I misread your previous post, but it certainly appeared that you were discounting another poster’s opininion unless he was a vet. My own belief is that everybody is entitled to an opinion regardless of their background.
Nearly every adult male in my family for the last 4 generations has been in the military at some point in their lives. My own son leaves for boot camp in September. That doesn’t make my opinion more worthwhile than a guy that’s never served a day in uniform.
Think of it this way, what would a soldier/sailor/marine appreciate more? A handshake and a thank you, or a corporation giving them a discount just to keep the money rolling in? Forcing anybody, or in this case, any corporation to be generous isn’t generosity at all, it’s just business and that goes back to this being about money, not honor.
Same here on the welfare. I had a wife and small child during my 4 years of enlistment. Money was tight, but we didn’t take hand outs. We tightened our belts and tried our best to live within our means.
I don’t know about an anti-military bias at AMC, but there seems to be a damned strong anti-civilian bias here at FR.
The ones who hoot and holler the loudest always seem to be the ones who have never been downrange...
(Iraq ‘03, Explosives Contractor)
Ah...the Veteran by proxy asking others about their service.
may I respectfully urge you to go take a chill pill - Your posts are full of angst...or go suck and egg.
Why so rude? Sorry I don’t have the raw data for you. Next time I post, I will clear it with you first.
We've progressed to the point on FR where pointing out that you have no argument is rude. Nice.
This isn’t about my posts. It is about you...the granny of military members...trying to use that to gain credibility. You have some nerve asking others what their experience and war theater is when you have NONE.
I wasn’t arguing a point, I was stating information that I had heard recently at a family readiness group. Still in a bad mood I see. Maybe you should take a nap for a while. That works with my 6 year old.
my sympathies to you and all others who are stuck living with you for the rest of your life - that chip on your shoulder is sequoia sized
no big deal, there’s nothing that hollygarbage puts out that’s worth seeing anyhow.
I don’t know if this has anything to do with the subject, but with the numbers of Veterans from past wars like WWII and the Korean War dwindling each year, combined with the fact that many of our public schools seem to no longer teach or appreciate our rich military history and our veterans, it’s no wonder that many people in management in some of our corporations are totally ignorant of the military in general. Remember, many of our large businesses and corporations are now run by people from the “hippie generation” (aka some of the Baby Boomers) who were taught the old “make love, not war” ideology.
Next time, just have your son mention that he’s illegally here in this country, and they’ll probably even throw in a box of Jujubes.
If I had a chip, I’d say that I have earned it after 26 years of service. And, yes, it annoys me when some granny tries to gain credibility on military issue just because she has some grandkids in the military.
No, I’m just trying to say that if you want to tell me I don’t have a valid “assertion”, then please do so with a without being so snide. You could have simple asked if I had any information to back it up instead of saying that because I used the words almost and nearly than you must believe me. Manners are sadly missing from FR lately.
I wish I could help, but I already boycott the movies.
I'm still pissed at my old college because they started letting girls in when I was a sophomore.
I signed up there in the first place because it was an all male college.
Lest anyone get the wrong idea, I served on active duty from '69 - '71, in the field artillery, in combat, and was decorated and honorably discharged.
A lot of the posters seem to think that "we" should honor the veterans by forcing someone else to give them something.
In the case of military discounts, why don't you all get together, collect money, and go to the theater saying, "Our group, organized to honor veterans, will make up the difference between a discounted ticket and the regular price ticket for all tickets you sell to qualified veterans."
Otherwise you're trying to advance your agenda with someone else's money, just like the liberals do.
i do agree, i think it’s ridiculous. i work at an AMC theatres, and i’ve gotten a few military personel asking if we give them discounts. i say we don’t, but i always give them a childs ticket anyway. i agree with all of you.
don’t go there, amc is stupid and over pricey.
Military make better money than students on average.
>>>>So do senior citizens.
They probably mentioned Iraq because theyve heard complaints before.
>>>>No doubt. I imagine they’ll hear it again and again.
Being a prior AF medic and now a civilian nurse...THAT is a huge laugher!
I’ve never in my 20 years of being a nurse EVER seen a “nurse discount”. ANYWHERE...EVER.
Geeee...my wife works in the school lunchroom for benefits, because running a register for public school she gets a FAR better health insurance than I EVER could...
AND I’M A FRIGGIN NURSE!
I’m actually trying to get back into the military.
But even though I agree, it should be up to the business, however, we can (AND OFTEN DO) take our business elsewhere.
What do you mean “entitlement politics”? Like the companies that feel “entitled” to do whatever they feel like? Or the politicians (and others) that feel entitled to tell me how I should live my life yet fail to follow their own declarations?
And boycotting a business is used by ALL people on all sides of the political spectrum. The Religious Right boycotts Disney because Disney has no problem with Homosexuals organizing a day there.
If most retirees you worked with in your field are bad...perhaps that is an indictment of your chosen career, not retirees in general. While there are some bad in every group, my experience has been the opposite of yours. Of course, I would love to hear what those who work with you have to say about your performance!
Most of the “rich” military retirees are not rich because of their military retired pay (which is not that much to be honest), but because they either saved while in and/or obtained a good paying job after retirement.
And, companies that offer a discount do so entice people in. To offer it to the military community simply means that their friends and families may support that business more than another that does not offer the military a discount. I ask at most places if there is one. Sometimes the savings can be substantial (such as at my vet when a pet was really ill).
And, for someone claiming to be IRR, your posts leave me scratching my head sometimes. Of course, I am a recent retiree myself...
Just as an aside, you CAN get AMC tix at a discount - but you have to do it on post. I am a veteran and a military spouse. One of the biggest benefits is that you can then buy military-discount-priced tickets for your friends as well. Here is another site to verify the information: http://www.greatarmywives.com/amc-movie-theater-military-discount/
This is similar to the way buying discounted tickets through Costco (or similar places, I’ve seen the same thing at our credit union) works. Hope this helps and maybe puts less villainy on AMC. As to the exact complaint in your post - I appreciate the military discounts we receive, but the fact is that we serve because we choose to and because we feel a need to (few serve for the money or the hours, that’s for sure!) but the discounts people/companies give us are a benefit and not a right.
all that aside, thank you for your support of people like your son, myself and my husband - and our many friends and coworkers. It helps make the long hours, sleepless nights, and time alone more worthwhile.
Thank you and your spouse for you service. I have since learned that Home Depot gives a 10% discount to veterans on all their purchases. I don’t know if there are any restricted items, but I don’t think so.