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AMC Movie Theatres Complaint - No Military Discount

Review by Nemmers on 2008-10-30
SPOKANE, WASHINGTON -- Yesterday, my fiance and I went to the AMC movie theatres in Spokane Washington to use a gift card that he had gotten front his military recruiter. My fiance is a member of the Washington Army National guard, so he wanted to use his military discount. We got to the box office and the employee told us they don't offer military discounts, we went with it and walked to the concession stand but when we looked at the paper popcorn bags guess what was all over them? They were advertising the Army National Guard. We looked around the lobby and they had 2 cardboard cutouts advertising the Army National Guard and when we went into the theatre some of the advertisements on the screen before the movie started were for the Army National Guard too. So they had National Guard/military advertised everywhere in the theatre but they don't even give the discount anymore.

The reason we were upset was not the fact that we didn't get the couple dollars off movie tickets its the whole concept of the people out there defending our country and the theatre had it advertised everywhere and they still didn't give it to him. We will no lomger be seeing movies at the AMC theatres.
Comments:35 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-10-31
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-30:
? Your fiance was using a gift card. Why would you need a discount on top of that?
Posted by Mrs. V on 2008-10-30:
I don't think that was the point, MissMarple.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-30:
I'm sorry. Apparently I don't get the point.
Posted by cherpep on 2008-10-30:
Advertising the National Guard is supporting the National Guard.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2008-10-30:
What a bunch of jerks..apparently the NG is spending bucks to advertise with them, and they won't give a military discount? Even if they are giving free advertising to them, I would encourage everyone I know to stay away.
I would notify the recruiter that they should not advertise with AMC any longer.
Posted by Nemmers on 2008-10-30:
We still would have been upset if we were paying cash for the movie as well we just happend to be using a gift card that time
Posted by jktshff1 on 2008-10-30:
But it's not supporting the guys in the trenches.
The key to this...is the NG paying for the advertising or is it free? Either way, give the discount, they deserve it.
Posted by madconsumer on 2008-10-30:
as much as i appreciate the efforts of our boys and girls fighting for our freedom, unless deployed, the NG are just a bunch of overgrown boyscouts.

now then, had he been in the reserves, i may feel otherwise.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2008-10-30:
mad, he will be, just give them time.
Posted by Principissa on 2008-10-30:
Why no military discount? I mean business don't have to give a discount to service members, but the guard is clearly dropping money on advertising with them. Perhaps people were abusing it by falsely claiming military service?
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-30:
As a gulf war vet, I never expected anyone, anywhere to give me a discount. I don't remember getting any, either.

I guess I was just proud to serve.

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-30:
Good point, Princi.

I know of several people who were abusing their privileges with a local movie theater. They got in free, so they went nearly every single day, with their entire extended family.

That's certainly abuse.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-30:
MM,my buddy is a gulf war vet,and doesn't expect discounts either....that war really messed with his head.I feel sorry for him
Posted by Principissa on 2008-10-30:
MissMarple, when hubby was active, he never even asked for it, nor did he expect it. When we lived in VA Bch, we would see that a lot, sad as that was. Guys who weren't even in the service would try and get the military discount. Talk about a kick in the teeth. One of the guys on hubby's ship got his butt reamed for abusing the military discount, he got into a lot of trouble for that and almost earned himself a big chicken dinner because of it.
Posted by Mrs. V on 2008-10-30:
Expect? No, most vets and actives don't expect the discounts. But they should still be offered. It's a small thing to do for those that are or have served.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2008-10-30:
Mrs V hit the nail on the head!!!(BA)
Posted by Nohandle on 2008-10-30:
Not knowing the arrangement between this particular theatre and the Washington Army National Guard it is only speculation on our part. The OP stated there was ample advertising in the theatre, also her fiance had received a gift card from the military recruiter. Was the advertising free and gift card provided by the theatre as a show of appreciation?
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-30:
Seriously, a military discount? My company advertises everywhere, including movie theatres, and I don't get a discount. Advertising means to get your name out there, not to get free things for members/employees. Oh, and my company gives out gift cards as well, and we don't get discounts at those shops. Someone is expecting a little too much...
Posted by MRM on 2008-10-30:
Princi, the city of Virginia Beach misses your family presence! When are you coming back?
Posted by Principissa on 2008-10-30:
Hey financially fit, uncool.

MRM I loved it there, the beaches were beautiful, I would love to go back, even for a visit. Well unfortunately we have all of our trips planned for this year but I'm hoping next year maybe me and hubby can get out there for a weekend together.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-30:
I understand why some businesses may not choose to give a military discount... but why not give a veteran a few dollars off of a movie ticket. Ohh wait, some of our men and women of the armed forces paid the ultimate price by paying with their lives so I can go to the movie in peace....so lets charge them full price anyway. UGH! And mad, your comment about the national guard that are not yet deployed being over grown boy scouts is offensive. Thankfully this is a free country that veterans fought for so you can spew your useless and unhelpful words.
Posted by Nohandle on 2008-10-30:
People, without getting ugly one member to another, let's stop and think for a moment. Again, we don't know the particulars involved with this situation with the theatre. It's easy for us to state a business should provide a discount. How many among us has PERSONALLY done something to show our appreciation? It's easy enough to say the other guy should provide something on behalf of us all. Ever picked up the restaurant ticket for some solders in an airline terminal on their way overseas? I have, best feeling I ever had and only a small way to show my gratitude.
Posted by cherpep on 2008-10-30:
Best Answer, Nohandle.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-10-30:
The National Guards fight many wars and many of them right here at home...who do they call for when riots break out when our own police refuses to go? Not the Navy! Please, respect ALL of our service men and women no matter what branch they serve.
Posted by cherpep on 2008-10-30:
Basher, are you saying that if a company does not give a discount to service personnel, then they are not respecting them? I don't see how that would be disrespecting them. I think expecting a discount is inappropriate, and too much is unknown here to make a judgement about AMC.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-30:
The Basher has spoken. I do agree. Nohandle, that is a great reminder to everyone, too.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-10-30:
No Cherpep...I was talking about the comment that Mad made, "the NG are just a bunch of overgrown boyscouts".
We need to respect those in all the branches of the military.

I wasn't even aware of all the Military discounts until I've read about them on here.
Posted by Principissa on 2008-10-30:
How did I miss that one. What a slap in the face that was mad. Seriously. NG or active duty, what does it matter. When the call comes they go and they risk their lives just the same as all the rest. We have a reserve unit here in Madisonville that will finally be home around Thanksgiving after 18 months deployment. Try saying that to one of their wives or family members.
Posted by cherpep on 2008-10-30:
Okay - I agree with that, Basher!
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-10-30:
Good Cherpep...I was just on the phone with the Airlines and about to make reservations to come visit you during the night and strip you of all you Redwings!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-30:
As a side note, when my son was in the military, he had to always show his ID in order to get a discount--anywhere. That wasn't that long ago either. Anyone who doesn't think that a military discount should be given (with the proper ID)--have you considered what they are expected to live on while defending your country? It's definitely not enough.
Posted by cherpep on 2008-10-30:
Now you're just being mean. Strip me of my Redwings?! That's just cruel.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-30:
mad, you really are cold-hearted, aren't ya? That was one of the lowest things I've read or heard in a long time.

John, best answer and I couldn't have said it better myself.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-30:
If I put my truck up for sale I wouldn't give a military discount. If I sold a house I wouldn't discount it for a service member. I wouldn't discount it for anybody. When I participate in panel interviews and the applicant is a veteran then we almost always hire them because it makes really good business sense. There's a huge difference between giving somebody what they've earned and giving handouts. I have too much respect for our military to treat them to free meals as one might do with a common panhandler. As they say there's no such thing as a free lunch. Respect.
Posted by yoke on 2008-10-31:
Hubby is retired military. Very few places offer a military discount anymore. Many took advantage of it. The OP was upset that they could not use "his" military discount. If it was offered only one ticket would have gotten the discount anyway, that is how it was back in hyubby's day. For both of us to get a discount say at the movie's we would both have to show our military ID card. He got the gift card from his recruiter. Has he gone through training yet? Does he have his ID yet?

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