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AIBU to think that if I have paid £24 for 1 adult and 2 children to see Nativity 2, they should not charge me 20p for a glass of tap water

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kitsmummy Sun 02-Dec-12 19:42:55

grrrr, I bought two lots of sweets at £2.25 a packet, paid £7 for myself and £6 for each DC and then asked for a glass of water (they do serve alcohol at this cinema) and was told I could buy a bottle of water. I declined and said could I not just have a glass of tap water? The woman looked awkward and said they have to charge 20p for the plastic cup to put it in!!!

I pointed out that I thought that places that sold alcohol had to offer free tap water and she said that their water is free but they have to charge for the plastic cups shock. It's not free is it if they're going to charge for plastic cups? They're hardly optional, unless i cup my hands for a handful of water hmm.

So hit me with it, were they being complete grasping dickheads, or is it ok, they're only trying to make a living etc etc? If anyone knows the legal stance on it I'd also be very interested to know if they actually had any right to do this. I'm probably more pissed off than I should be, but it has really riled me!

thanks smile

ohfunnyface Sun 02-Dec-12 19:44:05

Complain! You have to be allowed tap water- that's ridiculous!

IneedAsockamnesty Sun 02-Dec-12 19:44:45

I thought they could only charge if they put ice in it.

But either way I think it's wrong

Nanny0gg Sun 02-Dec-12 19:45:17

I'd be more pissed off at the film.

I'll never get those two hours of my life back again...


kitsmummy Sun 02-Dec-12 19:46:36

God I've put way too many faces in my first post resists impulse to do a blush face now.

SoleSource Sun 02-Dec-12 19:47:33

Profit. You're crazy buying cinema food or more money than sense.

Snazzyfeelingfestive Sun 02-Dec-12 19:47:43

That's mean, especially when you had actually bought other snacks. Complain. And name and shame!

ConferencePear Sun 02-Dec-12 19:49:38

This is quite ridiculous. Even if they had to charge something they cannot possibly justify 20p for a plastic cup.

kitsmummy Sun 02-Dec-12 19:49:59

Not more money than sense, but the queues were too big in Tesco, I didn't have time and wanted the kids to have a nice treat, so i bought them snacks there. If they see you take your own snacks or drinks in they confiscate them, you have to hide them.

SpringHeeledJack Sun 02-Dec-12 19:58:24

nah, YANBU

and what was the actual fillum like? It looks a leeedle bit ghastly from the ads, but I did like the first one

kitsmummy Sun 02-Dec-12 20:00:51

Well....I actually thought it was hilarious! And the woman in front of me was laughing loads too, we all enjoyed it.

DeWe Sun 02-Dec-12 20:02:27

It's illegal to have to pay for tap water. At least that's what one of the restaurants told us.

suburbophobe Sun 02-Dec-12 20:02:48

Well, plastic cups do cost money to manufacture and transport, plus the wages and rent of the place and people who work there.. (the cleaning off the floor of the plastic cr+p that people throw around), etc.


How else are people expected to be earning a living wage?

You could always bring your own plastic cup and fill it in the ladies' washbasin....

If they see you take your own snacks or drinks in they confiscate them

Would you go out to a restaurant and take your own food and drink? hmm

AltinkumATEalltheTurkey Sun 02-Dec-12 20:06:15

Is is illegal?? Water isn't free, and and nor is plastic cups!!

Tbh I wouldn't mind paying 20p for some water.

FivesAndNorks Sun 02-Dec-12 20:07:45

As far as I know, places can charge for tap water

Groovee Sun 02-Dec-12 20:08:25

Its how they make their money, the cost of the film goes to the film companies and the cinema's survive by selling over priced food and drink.

SpringHeeledJack Sun 02-Dec-12 20:09:05

that's bobbins, phobe

the pictures isn't a restaurant

snacks and drinks are a sideline only- to winkle as much cash as poss out of the punters. This one sounds like it's being v cheeky. We always take snacks into ours- and a bottle of tapwater too. Noone has ever given us the hmm either

SpringHeeledJack Sun 02-Dec-12 20:10:42

he he

xposts Groovy

if I'm wrong I stand corrected, but I don't think that's the case with all cinemas

and thanks, Kitsmummy- we shall give it a go smile

WilsonFrickett Sun 02-Dec-12 20:14:29

It is how the cinema makes profits but tbh until they adjust their prices their profits aren't going to be contributed to by me. I always take my own in.

Given it's about a million pounds for a coke (dash of concentrate filled with water and ice) 20p seems a bit of a bargain tbh.

AltinkumATEalltheTurkey Sun 02-Dec-12 20:16:26

And do they have to give you free water if your not buying alcohol??

kitsmummy Sun 02-Dec-12 20:20:19

Altkinmum - I thought they had to but perhaps I'm wrong. I've just never been refused tap water before at restaurants and I've never been charged for it. I didn't see why it should be any different at a cinema. It's not like I popped in off the street and just asked for some water.

JustFabulous Sun 02-Dec-12 20:25:43

Drink water from the wash basin? Yuk.

YuleBritannia Sun 02-Dec-12 20:27:42

I thought tap water was free even if a glass or cup had to be provided. I was at a pub in Cheam last Wednesday for a meal. I asked for tap water with my meal and my friends had alcohol with theirs. I was not charged for the water or the use of a glass not a plastic cup - which would have to be washed up after my using it.

FrameyMcFrame Sun 02-Dec-12 20:38:05

I usually pop to supermarket on the way to the cinema, stock up on some nice drinks and treats fir a FRACTION of the price that they try to rip you for at the cinema smile

FivesAndNorks Sun 02-Dec-12 20:48:11

no law to provide free tap water
in 2008 anyway

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