By Wyatt Earp | April 1, 2010
Israeli MP Carmel Shama is set to put forth some interesting legislation this week. He wants to see a cap put on the ridiculously-priced concessions at the country’s movie theaters.
I can see the headlines now: Israel passes popcorn law. Fat bastards hardest hit.
An Israeli lawmaker is hoping to butter up voters and pass a law that would limit outrageous popcorn prices at the movies. Carmel Shama, from the governing Likud party, plans to bring the “popcorn law” for a vote when parliament returns from its Passover break next week, the mass-selling Yediot Aharonot newspaper reported Wednesday.
“We have to put an end to this. The public should not have to mortgage their houses for a soft drink and a snack,” Shama told the paper.
A large box of popcorn usually sells for about five dollars (four euros) at theatre concession stands, more than double what it costs at a supermarket and 10 times more than it would cost to make at home.
Is it trivial? Sure. Is it also the only thing the country can get passed without intervention from the Obama administration? Yup.