How do you break a 3-year-old cancer patient's heart? Well, if you are the Bay City Cinemas in Bateman Bay, Australia, by refusing to let the little girl and her family watch Ice Age 5. And for a reason that seems very arbitrary.
Addison Wilson Mitchell was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in January. Since then, she's had endless rounds of chemotherapy, x-rays, scans, finger pricks and blood tests. She's undergone platelet and blood transfusions and a bone-marrow transplant. After the transplant, she had to stay in isolation for months because her immune system was so weak.
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So when she came home, her family wanted to celebrate. Her parents decided to take Addy and her two brothers to the movies. They also had to bring along her backpack, which was filled with her medications, a change of clothes, vomit bags (just in case), and hand sanitizer.
But when the got to the theater, the manager refused to let them in, saying there were no backpacks allowed. Even when the parents tried to explain, the theater refused to let them in, saying the bag posed a danger to the other movie patrons since they might trip over the straps if it were left in the aisles. Poor Addy was crestfallen.
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Her aunt posted a complaint on Facebook urging people to boycott the theater. People in the town wrote horrible Google reviews and the theater has been forced to close its doors, though we think temporarily. And while they are defending their actions because of the safety of all patrons, we think there may have been a more satisfying way to handle this for everyone.
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