Man accused of sneaking into movie says he was racially profiled

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A Phoenix man is accusing an Arizona movie theater of racially profiling him after he was confronted by a security guard and accused of not paying for his ticket when he refused to show his receipt.

Larry Shelton posted a video last week of his encounter with movie theater employees that went viral, leading to calls for a boycott of the AMC theater chain, according to the Arizona Republic.

{mosads}One video, posted Friday, shows Shelton filming inside the movie theater, during a screening of “Captain Marvel,” talking to the security guard and asking why he was being asked to leave. In the video, he tells the guard to review security footage to prove that he had indeed purchased a movie ticket rather than sneaking through an exit door to watch a film.

A second video posted Saturday shows two police officers on the scene while Shelton reveals his movie ticket. The officers then concluded no crime had been committed and that they could not intervene in a civil dispute. The theater manager declined to give Shelton a refund because he said Shelton violated the code of conduct by having his cellphone light on during the movie when he recorded the confrontation.

Shelton told the Republic that AMC emailed him an apology for the incident and offered vouchers for a free movie, soda and popcorn. He called the email “insulting” and said the manager should be fired and diversity training should be implemented at the theater.

“AMC needs to train their people like they want to be treated,” he said. “If you treat people like you want to be treated, this would have never happened. Now I have the shame of people who were in the theater, if they see me out, I’m going to be that guy who police took out of the theater, who snuck in there in their minds because they don’t know what really happened.”

AMC told the Republic it “deeply regrets” the incident and acknowledged the “situation could have been handled differently to minimize frustration.”

Black Lives Matter Arizona planned to protest outside the theater on Tuesday, according to Yahoo News.


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