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Joshua Thompson, Michigan Man, Sues Movie Theater Over Expensive Snacks

Posted: 03/05/12 11:17 AM ET  |  Updated: 03/05/12 11:17 AM ET

Joshua Thompson Sues Movie Theater

It would appear Joshua Thompson has bought his last box of overpriced Goobers.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the Livonia, Mich., resident is suing his local AMC theater "in hopes of forcing theaters statewide to dial down snack prices."

The class-action lawsuit was filed in Wayne County Circuit Court, according to WJBK.

Thompson reached the decision sometime after he purchased a Coke and a box of Goobers for $8, according to the Free Press, which also notes that the lawsuit seeks refunds for allegedly gouged customers and a civil penalty against the theater chain.

Typically, movie theaters make around a quarter of their entire operating revenue from concession sales, Smart Money previously reported.

Seeking to defend theaters' right to charge what they want for snacks, a representative from the National Association of Theater Owners told Smart Money that it's "not a requirement" to buy popcorn when you go to the movies and that "people who want concessions can order them or not."

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