Here's what happens when you try to make a quick buck off of Midwesterners' passion for freedom of speech: Uncle Sam (and Sony) laugh in your face.
Ohio man Jason Best bought 50 tickets to Christmas Day screenings of "The Interview" when he heard that Esquire Theater, a local movie house, would be the only area theater showing the movie. He spent $13 per ticket, a total of $650 with service fees at a "special event" price for the venue.
"I saw all the hype about 'The Interview' on the 23rd and thought, 'hey, folks are selling these tickets in other cities and it seems like that's the thing to do right now so why not give it a shot so see how it goes,'" Best told local radio station WCPO.
And then, of course, Sony announced that the movie would also be streamed online for $6 per rental.
Uh, anyone want to buy 49 tickets at a premium? (Best said that one of the 50 tickets was for himself.) No? Nobody? OK, let's try and return those tickets!
When Best rolled up to the Esquire's box office trying to return the tickets, he was turned away. The theater cited both the fact that "The Interview" was considered a special event screening and that Best had planned to scalp the tickets.
The theater offered to donate the $650 to charity, but Best said that was unacceptable and wants his money back.
The moral of the story? Even the (Jason) Best laid plans don't always go so well, thanks to the internet.