God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen - Jars of Clay - listen now

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Disabled 7-year-old ejected from theater

From Drudge. I don't know who the asshole manager was at that Lowes cineplex, but he needs to be the one who gets thrown out of the theater. I also imagine that there's a cranky bastard out there that complained to the management in the first place, and to him or her I say:

Disabled 7-year-old ejected from theater

By Dave Richardson
Times Herald-Record

Town of Wallkill – If you're a 7-year-old kid with cerebral palsy and autism, you have to take your laughs anywhere you can get them. Just don't have too much fun at the local movie theater, or you might get thrown out.

That's what happened to young Anthony Pratti this week. To say his parents are upset about it would be an understatement.

Anthony, who uses a wheelchair, was with his parents, his sister and his grandmother at the Loews Cineplex theaters in the Galleria at Crystal Run Sunday, watching a 1:15 p.m. matinee of the G-rated film "March of the Penguins."

The family sat in the wheelchair section provided by the theater. Anthony was having a good time, said his mom, Gina Pratti. "He was laughing, but he really wasn't much louder than any of the other kids," she said.

About 15 minutes into the film, one of the theater's managers approached the family, she said. "He said our son was laughing too loud," Pratti said. "My husband told him Anthony didn't understand, that he was disabled, but that we'd try to quiet him down."

Not good enough, apparently – the manager brusquely told the family that Anthony had to leave, Pratti said. Outraged, the family followed the manager to the lobby, where they were told they all didn't have to leave – just Anthony, Pratti said. Pratti was dumbfounded. "I said to him, what are we supposed to do, wheel him outside and leave him there?" she said.

The manager refunded the family's ticket purchase and sent them on their way, she said. Pratti and her husband have spent the past three days making phone calls and sending e-mails, trying to get someone – anyone – from Loews to give them an explanation. "Not one person from Loews has called me back," Pratti said.

When contacted by the Times Herald-Record yesterday, a representative of Loews corporate headquarters said the company is concerned by Pratti's story, and is looking into Sunday's events. The company says it will issue a statement today.

Pratti has spoken with attorneys about the incident, but isn't sure she wants to pursue any legal action. Meanwhile, Pratti says she hopes Loews will do whatever it takes to make amends. "This was only the third movie Anthony had ever seen, and now we're afraid to go back because they might throw us out again," Pratti said.

Explanations aside, Pratti has a simple message for the manager she says publicly humiliated her son: "Shame on you."

Here’s some corporate info on Loews. Feel free to e-mail using a combination of different e-mail addresses.

Put the person’s first name DOT last name and also you can try first initial and last name run together, last name and first initial. Whatever combination you can think of and then add to the end:

@loewscpx.com AND

Example – john.doe@loewscpx.com; john.doe@phx.corporate-ir.net; jdoe@loewscpx.com; jdoe@phx.corporate-ir.net

If you do enough combinations, at least one is bound to get through. The names list is below:

Executive Officers and Key Employees

--Travis Reid - President and CEO Loews Cineplex Theatres, Inc.
--John J. Walker - Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Loews Cineplex Theatres, Inc.
--Bryan Berndt - Vice President, Finance and Controller Loews Cineplex Theatres, Inc.
--Miguel Angel Davila - Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Cinemex, S.A. de C.V.
--John McCauley - Senior Vice President, Marketing Loews Cineplex Theatres, Inc.
--Michael Politi - Senior Vice President and Corporate Counsel Loews Cineplex Theatres, Inc.
--Steve Bunnell - Senior Vice President, Head Film Buyer, Loews Cineplex Theatres, Inc.
--Allan Fox - Vice President, Human Resources U.S.
--Jim Fagerstrom - Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Loews Cineplex Theatres, Inc.
--Alan Benjamin - Senior Vice President, Real Estate, Loews Cineplex Theatres, Inc.


Recent Comments

Contact Me



Google Chat:

Label Cloud


. . .

. . .

. . .


Blog Archive


All opinions expressed on this blog are those of the author. The author’s opinions do not represent those of his employers. All original material is copyrighted and property of the author. If you use it at least have the decency to give me credit for it. Don’t steal it or I reserve the right to sue you to heck and back, or worse. Other info may have been copyrighted by someone else; the author believes that such work as is quoted here does not exceed reasonable “fair use” of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the United States Copyright Law as I understand it. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. Opinions in comments or trackbacks are not mine, so if you have a problem with those, sorry, I can’t help you. Comments on this blog become the sole property of the blog, and may be reused or quoted on the blog or in any other media. Anyone mentioned in relation to a crime is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Contact: writetokevinp@gmail.com. All e-mails are presumed to be for publication on the site unless I am specifically and politely told otherwise - if you’re rude I’ll publish them just to hack you off. All comments are subject to deletion or revision should the author find them offensive or just simply not like you. Trolling will not be tolerated.

  © Blogger templates ProBlogger Template by Ourblogtemplates.com 2008

Back to TOP