Cinema faces popcorn battle

Jay Harwood and his son Alex from Buckingham were searched at Cineworld,Milton Keynes and popcorn was discovered.'110817M-A196
Jay Harwood and his son Alex from Buckingham were searched at Cineworld,Milton Keynes and popcorn was discovered.'110817M-A196
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A HOPPING mad dad is threatening to take Cineworld cinema to the European Court of Human Rights – for confiscating his popcorn.

Jay Harwood says he was treated like a criminal when staff searched his bag and discovered the Tesco-bought snack.

He had taken his nine-year-old son Alex and his wife Valentina to see Super 8 last week, when rioting was dominating the national headlines.

An employee stopped him on his way into the film and asked to search his canvas bag.

“In a week the like of which the country has never seen, I too became one of the lawless. I was searched and banged to rights because I had popcorn from another, far less expensive outlet,” he said.

The cinema has clear notices stating only Cineworld-purchased food and drink may be consumed on the premises.

But 42-year-old Jay has since researched Human Right legislation and claims the company is laying down the law illegally.

He said: “I think it is a blatant breach of our human right of respect for private and family life.

“It is also, in my opinion, against the police force stop and search policy. A police officer cannot search me in the street for no reason so why should an employee of a cinema?”

Jay has researched the cost of corn kernels and claims Cineworld make up to 2,500 per cent profit, minus overheads,on their own popcorn.

A Cineworld spokesman said: “We’re currently checking the exact detail of the customer enquiry and will respond accordingly.”

She added: “I am sure Cineworld have checked human rights legislation and would never breach it.”