Unfiltered Story #209743

, | Unfiltered | September 28, 2020

I work at a science center and planetarium, where we charge admission costs to our shows and exhibits, for obvious reasons. You can buy both or you can pay half-priced for one. We also have discounts for children, seniors, veterans, and college students. Our prices are clearly stated on the door entering the building, displayed behind the front desk, and on our website. Despite this, typically, we get a lot of college students who are under the impression they can get into the exhibits for free. We have never had a problem with people assuming the shows are free until this, however.

Our planetarium is set up so the front desk is right next to the door to our theater and is directly across from the entrance. The doors are open as we are seating people. I am the only one at the desk and my boss has called me to tell me something important. Out of the corner of my eye, I see two people walk in. They take one look at me, see that I am preoccupied, and walk straight into the planetarium!

I quickly get off the line and run over to the entrance. I already see they have seated themselves so I yell “Excuse me! You have to pay!” The couple comes out begrudgingly after taking their sweet time. After a bit more meandering, they finally ask me for the price. I did not bother asking them if they were college students. They paid and went into the show again.

Why anyone thought they could sneak into a theater right next to the desk is beyond me!

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