Is "No Outside Food" Discrimination Against People With Food Allergies?

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 | click here to comment

Should places that prohibit outside food or drink make exceptions for those with food allergies? If you ask me, I say hell yes! Not only do most entertainment venues not have options (or very few) for those with food related intolerances or allergies, most of what they do serve is ridiculously unhealthy. 

Don't get me wrong, I will power eat popcorn like it's going out of style almost any day of the week, but it would be nice if the options at an event or movie theater were a little more well rounded.

The Consumerist recently reported that a gluten-intolerant woman tried to sneak some snacks into her local movie theater and was caught by the manager and asked to throw away the food she brought in. She informed the manager of her condition and they still wouldn't allow it. 

I sneak my own snacks into the movie theater all the time and I've never once been caught, so either this woman was trying to smuggle in a hefty amount of snacks, or she just wasn't being discreet about it. Either way I still think the theater was wrong in asking her to get rid of her snacks. She is just as entitled to eat loudly during a movie just as anyone else does, and if the theater can't be bothered to provide alternative snack options, then they can't really fault someone for taking it upon themselves to do so. 

Not every event space is as enligtened as Citi Field for instance, which offers gluten-free hamburgers and hotdogs. However, it doesn't take much to offer options like Pirate's Booty, which are a healthier snack in general and good for people with a variety of allergies. 

What do you think?

Do you think this is discimination, or do you think the manager was right in not allowing her to bring in snacks for herself when their policy is no outside food or drink? Do you think event spaces should make more of an effort to over alternative foods?



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