I've been working in theaters for 3,5 years now, so I've seen some shit and have some nice stories about how stupid people are. But this is a short one about last Saturday.
Some background information: The chain I work for has different kinds of tickets, based on age. Under 12 is cheaper than under 18 which is cheaper than adult tickets.
Also The Netherlands has some rules about certain age limits according age rating. There is the 16+, for which everyone has to be 16+ to go see it, no adult supervision and it'll be okay.
And we are allowed to ID everyone for that.
(NL has an identification duty, so if you are above 14 and don't carry any form of ID with you in public, you can get fined for that) Besides the 16+, there is also 12+,
which requires adult supervision if a kid is under 12. For this, in doubt, we ask the age and have to believe them.
So cue Saturday. It was a very uneventful morning with nothing going on and in walk two kids wanting to go to King Arthur (rated 12+).
My colleague is helping them and I happen to walk past when she asks what their age is (for the ticket price). They proudly announce that they are both 11 years old.
So I chime in asking if they are going to have adult supervision, because it's 12+ and we aren't allowed to sell the tickets otherwise.
They say friends are coming, but they aren't 18+, so I tell them no, they can't get tickets.
Explain the whole shebang to my colleague who is fairly new and would've probably sold them the tickets.
5 minutes later I see the same kids with two friends try again. The friends say they are 13, so we have to believe them. But the other two kids say they are 12 too.
So I tell them they told us 11 just now and I'm not going to believe that they are 12 now.
They tell me that they lied about their age earlier to get cheaper tickets and I tell them basically 'though luck, you aren't getting tickets"
The other two kids just buy their tickets and food and go to the movie without their two friends, while they walk away defeated. That should teach them to lie about their age :p