Movie Theater Closes It’s Doors After Refusing Service To A 3-Year-Old With Cancer
Kristen Wilson-Mitchell, of Australia, treated her family to a trip to the movies. Little did they know that a night that was supposed to have been special, since her three-year-old daughter, Addison, just finished 43 days in isolation after a bone marrow transplant, would turn into a disaster.
Her baby toddler suffers from neuroblastoma, and the family brought a backpack full of supplies to the theater as a precaution. The backpack was filled with her medication, vomit bags, and an extra pair of clothes. When the family arrived at Bay City Cinemas, they were told that the toddler could not be let in.
When the staff member refused to bend the rules, I called the manager who told me backpacks were not allowed into cinemas and that it was part of the business policy. I explained my daughter had cancer and offered to show them exactly what was in the bag but they said there were no exceptions allowed.
Kristen’s sister, Stacey Jeffery, later took to Facebook and posted a status aimed at boycotting the business. A post that gained much public attention and got shared thousands of times. The movie theater’s Facebook page and Google review page was then flooded with negative comments.
The backlash was so intense that the movie theater was forced to close its doors until further notice. A handwritten sign was seen posted outside the theater, which stated that “due to threats against our business and staff members, we can no longer guarantee the safety of our patrons or staff. So sadly, we will be closed until further notice.”
The theater continues to say that they were unaware of the toddler’s condition. “Our staff only found out about her condition when the tickets were refunded. This could have been avoided if they had contacted us beforehand and let us know about the situation.”
Addison’s day wasn’t completely ruined. A Salon the three-year-old to a manicure and Kmart gave the family a gift card along with some movies they can watch at home.
Article: Woman’s Day