Well, this is kind of a combination vent/celebration! Since we're not out any money, I'll go with celebration.
I was a Secret Shopper for the movie theater we went to the most. I paid $50 a year, and in exchange got 8 movie tickets and 4 $10 gift certificates for concessions (2 tickets and 1 certificate each quarter). Once every quarter I was to see a movie, order a medium drink and medium popcorn (I could change the order afterwards, and always did), and fill out a short report online. I was supposed to report whether the concessions person offered to upsize the drink and popcorn order, whether management was visible on the floor, if the volume and picture quality were good, etc. It was easy and fun.
Well, Consolidated Theater Group just sold out to Regal Cinemas, effective May 1st. Because of that, the Secret Shopper program is no longer in effect. Fortunately, they will still honor the tickets we had. Also (here's the celebration part of it), since I had paid for the year, they sent the rest of the tickets and gift certificates that were owed me. They also (accidentally, or just being nice?--Who knows, maybe because I emailed the director of the program and told her, truthfully, that I had enjoyed the program and that she was always very helpful when I had questions or problems?) sent an extra set. I already have 4 movie tickets that I won in a sweepstakes, so we now have 12 movie passes and $40 worth of gift certificates. Yay! We love movies! We call them mini-vacations.
One of the things I loved about the program was that with the certificates we could go to the movies at night with the grown-ups! I love kids, but sometimes if you go during the matinee times, it can get pretty loud.
There is a possibility that the new theater group has a program similar to that one. I hope so, and if they do, I hope I can do it for them too.
P.S. Guess where we're going tonight?! LOL