Cinema Usher’s picture of trashed movie theater sparks debate – ‘Isn’t this your job?’

A disgruntled movie theater has ignited a debate around the expectations placed on those working in the hospitality and service industries.

When budding filmmaker and theater worker Patrick J Dennis recently posted a photo of the scene congratulating him at the end of a screening, he never knew what would happen next.

Unfortunately, what Dennis shared was an image that was all too familiar to many movie theater goers: the sight of a back row with discarded soda, popcorn, and other assorted snacks.

All of which was left for Dennis and his associates to clean up.

Posting the picture on Twitter, the worker’s frustration was evident. “What’s the point of actually ordering food at a theater if you’re basically gonna dump it on the floor,” he wrote. “I can’t believe I had to clean it.”

The tweet quickly gained traction and, at the time of writing, has been retweeted or quoted more than 23,000 times. It also garnered over 180,000 likes.

Responding to the tweet, expressed sympathy. “I’m so sorry. I know your pain,” JKButnot wrote. “Accidents happen, spills happen, whatever. But at a certain point it is clear that this has either been done on purpose or with a clear disregard for any form of human civilization.”

Elsewhere, writing as Sailor Lexapro, a former movie theater usher, recalls how the job convinced him “some people are not 100 percent fully grown human beings.”

“I couldn’t stand it when I worked in the theater,” he said. “Especially when someone would eat a whole packet of sunflower seeds, and spit the shells on the floor or fill the cupholders.” Another, posting as MasonIn8MM, commented: “I left someone at the theater vomiting in a popcorn bag.”

Other theater workers only shared photos of the chaos that was left behind for them to clean up.

One user, writing as realsenorfap, recalled how they ended their friendship after witnessing a similar incident during a trip to the movies. “I had this friend who, when we were walking out of a theater, threw everything on the ground and when I said dude wtf. He said ‘That’s why these guys get paid.'”

For some, the same logic still holds weight.

One person posting as _jaylen sarcastically wrote in response: “When you have to go to work and do your job.” Ua_corra said: “They have to give some work to do. [Their] Shift will be boring and drag if they have nothing to do.”

An incredulous BattleRedTalk said: “That’s your job, isn’t it?” The84Chambers echoed that sentiment in their tweet, which simply read: “It’s your job, so…”

Dennis declined to accept this line of reasoning, returning to his tweet to respond to such claims.

“Would it be okay if we started knocking stuff off grocery store shelves on the floor just because it’s someone’s job to take the stuff back?” She wrote.

“All the justification for this is simply ‘they bought the food they could do whatever they wanted with it.’ What moral justification do you have for making our job difficult just because you are legally allowed? What moral justification do you have for being a**hole to us?”

newsweek Dennis has been contacted for comment.

In December 2021, a video of a trashed movie theater went viral on TikTok.

Meanwhile this man’s story about a baby crying in the movie theater sparked a major debate about etiquette in movies.

Stock image of popcorn spilled on the floor of a movie theater. An usher has hit out at the audience for leaving an excessive amount of garbage during the screening.
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