Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

QUESTION 88: Bringing Food into Arenas and Theaters

Some public places, such as arenas and theaters, have policies that prohibit patrons from bringing in their own food. In other words, if you want to eat a candy bar, or even drink bottled water while watching the event, you can't bring your own food. Their policy requires you to buy the food from them, usually at inflated prices. Is it okay to ignore this policy and bring in your own food anyway, possibly hiding the food when you enter?

RABBI BELSKY

The theatre or arena sells a person a ticket with certain conditions attached. It's not totally an unreasonable condition. You're paying for the use of the facilities, the use of the seat, etc. They sell you the ticket only on condition that you follow their rules. I don't see how you could take some food in, even if it may seem unfair.

I could understand bypassing the rules if the policy was secret and not publicly known. But these things are known, and they're not hidden. Everybody observes them. Why should a person be allowed to break such policy rules? You're using their private property for the viewing of the event, which is something you're not allowed to use on your own.

QUESTIONER

Can't you say that it's unreasonable for them to put such restrictions on you? All you're doing is buying a ticket to watch something. Do they really have the right to tell you not to bring in food?

RABBI BELSKY

They have no right to tell you anything. They're not your parents, who can tell you to do this or that. But they can say to you: "We sold you a seat so that you can sit there and watch the game. We didn't sell you the seat so you could use it for your own private restaurant and eat there. If you want to eat there, you can only eat certain foods that we sell you."

You are buying the ticket based on the condition that you agree to their terms. Even if you don't agree with their policies, or think they are unreasonable, you have no choice but to accept their policies if you want to enter. They can also tell you that you can enter with a group of people as long as you don't turn the chairs around to face one another in order to have a party, because it disturbs the other people sitting around you. Even if it wouldn't disturb other people, they could say, "This isn't the place to have a party."

QUESTIONER

Could it be actually considered geneivah (stealing) to bring in, let's say, one soda, rather than buy their soda?

RABBI BELSKY

There is a very big tzad (consideration) to say yes, because you're using their property to serve your own interest, which conflicts with their own.


NEXT WEEK'S QUESTION 89: RABBI LOOKING FOR ANOTHER POSITION

Let's say a Rabbi who has an employment contract with a synagogue is interested in finding another position as Rabbi, possibly in another city. Is he obligated to tell this to his current shul out of concern for losing his job, or what people will say? Should he take into consideration that word might get back that he went to a synagogue in another city?


Text Copyright 2004 by Rabbi Yisroel Belsky Shlita and Torah.org.

Participate in the Honesty Forum, and discuss the issues we confront in this class!


 






ARTICLES ON DEVARIM AND THE THREE WEEKS:

View Complete List

Flight to Freedom
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763

Who will Remember?
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5761

Immortal Teacher
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Petty Squabble to Baseless Hatred
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5758

That's Not What Friends Are For
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

Striving to Succeed
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5761

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Born To Be Wise
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

Harsh Hugs
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5765

And So The Journey Continues
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

> What to Cry About
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

Fix the World
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

A Meaningful Approach
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

ArtScroll

So Much to Say
Shlomo Katz - 5761

Choosing a Vision
- 5768

Points to Ponder
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

Body Language
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information