File this one under: “First World Problems” but it seems that the “Nightmare on Court Street” aka the Regal Theater is living up to its name once again. This time around it’s about gender specific bag searches and our man in the City Council David Yassky (hey shouldn’t he busy doing “important stuff”?) has gotten involved:
On a the 8/12/09 Open Thread Wednesday, “bklyn20″ posted:
Last night I went to see “Ponyo” at the Court St Regal. At th tiket-taker [sic] spot they searched every woman’s handbag for outside food & drink. Isn’t this illegal and possibly discriminatory since they didn’t have men empty their pockets– I think women’s hand bags are considered part of their person? And don’t they have better things to worry about? Attorneys and civil liberterians, please weigh in!
She later added:
Just spoke with manager of Regal Union Square — it IS illegal.
This week, the Brooklyn Paper’s Mike “Nookin’ for Nub” picks up on the story:
Brooklyn Paper: The ladies’-only search lasted for about a week and reverted to a gender-neutral prosecution after Councilmember David Yassky (D–Brooklyn Heights) called Regal Entertainment Group, the national theater company that owns the silver screens.
“It turns out that this was an isolated mistake,” said Tim Roberts, the lawmaker’s chief of staff. “They were supposed to be searching large bags. Any discrimination would be completely unacceptable.”
Regal’s regional manager did not return calls for comment. But a spokesman for the company, based in Knoxville, Tenn., was unaware of the local issue hundreds of miles away from the headquarters. He did say that searches had become more routine since the 9-11 terrorist attacks.