I mean, the beans are fine. They're not producing any beans, but they're holding up in the Texas heat pretty well and I haven't managed to kill them.
So that's good.
But tonight I'm going to talk about something different.
Do you all remember the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting?
You know, on July 20, 2012, when 12 people were killed and 70 were injured during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises because of this asshole?
|Not even going to use his name. Asshole works fine.|
Anyway, the movie theatre where this tragedy occurred is operated by Cinemark, which is the third-largest theatre chain in America and happens to have its headquarters right up the road from me in Plano, Texas, land of tacky McMansions and abundant heroin.
|Shown here: the slums of Plano.|
Good on Cinemark, right?
Well, here's the thing.
Following the Aurora massacre, numerous victims and families of the deceased banded together and filed a lawsuit against Cinemark, alleging that the chain should have provided a more secure environment to prevent a crazy asshole from opening fire on innocent moviegoers.
I'm not going to comment on the validity of that lawsuit. Honestly, I'm not convinced that it's the responsibility of public entertainment venues to foresee and prevent any possible threats to their patrons. That seems too broad a mandate for a business that charges for access to its completely voluntary services.
|We're not quite that Orwellian...yet.|
But after initial rulings in their favor, a jury did recently rule that the theatre chain could not be held responsible for the murders based on the level of security it provided. And agree or disagree, it can't be argued that Cinemark didn't receive fair consideration on the issue.
Yet Cinemark, perhaps emboldened by that victory, has taken things a step further.
They've filed a motion to order the victims' families to reimburse them for about $700,000 they spent preparing for the lawsuit that didn't happen.
To be clear: Dozens of individuals and families were devastated by the murderous acts of the asshole who opened fire in a Cinemark theatre. They sought a legal ruling on the liability of the theatre chain for not providing a safe environment. They were denied that ruling, and now the multimillion-dollar corporation wants the victims of a heinous mass murder to foot the bill for the costs it incurred preparing to defend itself against those allegations.
HOW FUCKED UP IS THAT?
|Fucked up in the extreme is the correct answer.|
You don't have a monopoly on America's movie theatre options.
Not even close.
Me, I can go to an AMC theatre, or to the Angelika, or to any of a half-dozen dollar movie theatres in my immediate vicinity.
Hell, I can stay home and wait for movies to be available on pay-per-view or Blu-Ray.
I feel no need to patronize a corporation that expects victims of a tragedy to subsidize its legal fees.
And I won't.
And Drunkards...I know you will act in accordance with your respective consciences, so I won't ask you to join me or support me in my personal boycott of this despicable theatre chain.
I'm just saying that Cinemark will receive not a dime of my entertainment budget while it pursues blood money from the families of its customers.
Thanks for reading.