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Love was not in the air for a large group of ticketless teens at a Florida movie theater on Valentine’s Day.
On Feb. 14, officers responded to numerous calls around 10 p.m. from patrons and staff at the AMC theater in West Oaks Mall in Ocoee, Fla., complaining that a group of 100 male and female teens burst through the doors when they were denied tickets to R-rated Fifty Shades of Grey.
“There’s a whole bunch of kids that tried to get rated-R tickets. So we sold out all PG-13 movies, and they just started to run in, and it’s a whole bunch of them,” reported a supervisor at the theater in a call to the police. “I mean, we’re trying to control it by shutting one side of the gates and trying to get them out, but there’s just so many of them … mall security is even trying to help, but it’s just not enough.”
R-rated films require that a guardian over the age of 18 accompanies the minor to the film. Because the theater was sold out of tickets for all PG-13 films, the teens were denied ticket sales.
Following this, the 100 teens stormed the movie theater without purchasing entry.
Moviegoers who purchased tickets also called police, reporting their fears about leaving their respective theaters and also inquiring about reimbursement for the disturbance.
“There’s a bunch of — about 35 teenagers running in and out of the movie threatening people. … There’s no control here,” reported one ticket holder to the police while still in the theater. “They were saying, ‘Shut the f— up, or I’m going to kill you.’ … I’m trying to get out, and I don’t feel comfortable leaving the theater.”
Officers arrived at the theater and dispersed the group, arresting one juvenile for battery and resisting an officer without violence.
West Oaks Mall announced on Monday that unaccompanied minors under the age of 17 are no longer allowed in the mall after 9 p.m. The mall told Daily Mail that the rule will go into effect immediately.
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