Good Herd Behavior

| TN, USA | Working | August 7, 2013

(My local theater is doing a limited-release showing of ‘My Little Pony: Equestria Girls’. While the franchise’s target audience is little girls, the latest incarnation of it is well-known for having a massive adult fan-base known as ‘bronies’. I’m standing in line behind a customer who looks to be in his mid-20s, wearing a hoodie with one of the more popular ponies on it.)

Customer: “I’d like four tickets for Equestria Girls please.”

Employee: “Are you buying these for your sister?”

Customer: “No. They’re for my friends and me.”

(He gestures somewhere behind the line, and points out two other guys and a girl wearing pony shirts.)

Employee: “Sir, you do know that that’s a kid’s movie, right?”

Customer: “I know, but my friends and I want to see it.”

Employee: “It’s for little girls.”

Customer: “I’m well aware of that. My friends and I like the show, and we want to see the movie.”

Employee: “No you don’t. The only adults who watch that movie put up with it to shut their bratty little daughters up for an hour.”

Customer: “Can I please just get the tickets?”

Employee: “Please get out of the line. I have other customers to attend to.”

(At this point, the customer just gives up trying to reason with him, and leaves the line. As he’s trying to explain to his friends what happened, I make my way to the ticket counter.)

Me: “Five for Equestria Girls, please. It’s for my daughter and her friends.”

(The employee rings me up with no question. I make my way over to the four friends behind the line, and try to give them four of the tickets.)

Me: “Sorry for how that idiot treated you.”

Customer: “It’s okay. You don’t have to do that.”

Me: “Take them. I insist.”

Customer: “Thanks.”

(He tries to hand me the money he was going to buy their tickets with, but I turn him down.)

Me: “That won’t be necessary.”

(I unzip my jacket to show them the pony shirt I’m wearing underneath.)

Me: “Us bronies have to stick together.”

(The five of us end up watching the movie together, and have a great time. Afterwards, they end up treating me to lunch as repayment for the tickets, and invite me to hang out with them.)

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