Together with some other Microsofties I went to a cinema earlier this evening to see The Simpsons Movie – I really enjoyed the show.
We went to a cinema that I’ve only been to once before and that was years ago. Upon booking online I was pleasently surprised to find that I could print my own ticket just like many of the airlines allow. On the print out was the instruction that the “ticket” should be “…PRESENTED TO THE USHER FOR ADMITTANCE”. I wondered how they were going to distinguish my valid “ticket” from any other print out and noted that there was a bar code down the right handside apparently to solve that very problem.
I was staggered to find that the usher simply ripped my “ticket” in two just like they would have with a traditional ticket – they didn’t validate it in any way – I was left with the piece pictured below.
Ripping a traditional ticket in two to prevent it’s reuse makes sense. Doing so with a print out is ridiculous!
It made me think that (a) I should stop thinking about security when going to the cinema! & b) performing actions “just because that’s how it’s always been done” doesn’t always make sense.