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Cinema worker goes viral after ‘exposing’ popcorn ‘scam’ in TikTok video

The Independent
The Independent

An apparent cinema employee has gone viral on TikTok after revealing a major secret about the sizes of popcorn you can buy at the movie theatre .

TikToker @thatcoolguy.25597 revealed that people who have purchased the medium sized popcorn may have been scammed as the small and medium actually contain the same amount of popcorn.

In the viral clip, which has been viewed 6.3 million times, the TikTok user pretends to be a customer ordering the cinema snack.

Then, the concessions worker shows the customer the sizes – a large bucket, a regular bucket (medium) and a junior bag (small).

The customer orders the junior bag for $7.35 because the medium bucket is “too much”. But, upon receiving the bag of popcorn, they change their mind and ask to get the medium size.

Demonstrating why the sizes are a scam, the concessions worker empties the small bag of popcorn into the medium bucket, filling it to the top and charging $8.44 – an extra $1.09 – for the same amount of food.

Despite their different packaging and pricing, a small bag of popcorn appears to contain the same amount of popcorn as a medium bucket.

The clip has been viewed by millions of cinema-goers who were astounded by the popcorn scam which “should be illegal”.

One person commented: “Feel like this should be illegal. If I’m paying for a bigger size, I should be getting a bigger size.”

Another wrote: “Medium is always a scam.”

The TikTok ends with the customer asking to get the small bag again after seeing the scam for themselves and realising they were paying more for the same product.

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jane paytosh

That’s pretty funny unfortunately he will probably lose his job,,,, But I say he’s a Stand Up young Man …. I hope he stays that way he will end up with good things. Someone give this honest guy a good job….. And it’s ridiculous the prices theaters charge ! I will stay home watch tv and make myown popcorn lol ….


The whole concession stand at the movies is a scam. Candy is $6 or 7$ a box that you can buy at Walmart for a dollar.

Phyllis Snyder

Men like to make fun of Women and their totes til they see what we can break out at the theater, don't ask me to smuggle your food after talking bout my bag 🤣🤣🤣


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