Onthe 31st, my wife and I went on a double date with a couple of friends and we went out to dinner at Olive Garden and then to a movie at the Carmike Ritz 15. After dinner, my friend's date finally realized that I was carrying and asked the usual questions. She didn't seem to interested, but wasn't objectionable to the idea of normal people carrying firearms.
We talked for a little while and then went to see a movie at the Carmike 12. When we got there, they told us that the movie had already started, but at the 15 across town, there was another showing of the same movie that we would be able to catch. (A little background: I generally avoid going to the Carmike 15 as I used to work there a long time ago, and my brother still works there) But we agreed that was the best course and went to the 15. After purchasing our tickets, I was talking to the General Manager and one of the Security personnel, who didn't say anything about my firearm. After getting into the theater and sitting down, that same security guard walked up to me and we had the following conversation
Security:"Excuse me, are you carrying a piece."
Me:"Yes, sir. I am."
Security:"You can't do that."
Me: "I amfully withinthe law by carrying a firearm openly."
Security: "But this is private property."
Me: "I didn't see any 'No Firearms' signs and neither you or the General Manager previously indicated that this was a problem."
Security: "It's scaring our customers."
Me: "I understand that many people feel skiddish around weapons. I carry for my protection, the protection of my family, and everyone around me, regardless if they're skiddish around guns or not."
Security: "Well we received a complaint from a man and his son who saw you in the bathroom with it."
Me: "I haven't gone into your restrooms tonight."
Security: "But it's against our company policy. Will you leave your weapon in your vehicle."
Me: "It doesn't do anybody any good in the car. If I were to leave it there, would you take responsibility if it was stolen."
Me: "I guarantee you that the safest place for this firearm is where it is right now."
Security: "Then I'm going to have to ask you to leave."
Me: "Very well, I will comply. Please expect a formal complaint to be delivered to Carmike Cinemas, as well as a request for a clarification of their policies."
I emailed the Carmike Cinemas corporate office and have spoken with a manager and have received no replies yet.