To Dodge Ticket Tax, Theater Sells Admission Carrots
Spanish media dub it the 'Carrot Rebellion'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2012 7:31 AM CST
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(Newser) – When new austerity measures in Spain bumped the tax on theater tickets to 21% over the summer, Quim Marcé figured his theater in the small town of Bescanó would go under. Then he had an idea: Why not sell carrots, plentiful in the farmland that surrounds the village, instead of tickets? "We sell one carrot, which costs [$16]—very expensive for a carrot," he explains to NPR. "But then we give away admission to our shows for free."

The theater pays just 4% tax on the carrots sold, since the vegetables are classified as a staple and thus not taxed nearly as much. Theater tickets, which used to carry just an 8% tax, are now taxed at the highest possible rate. Spain loves the "Carrot Rebellion," as it has been dubbed; shows at the theater are selling out and even the local mayor is on the owner's side. But an economist warns that the theater director is actually committing tax evasion, and is making things more difficult on the businesses that are paying what they owe.

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Nov 12, 2012 5:14 PM CST
Nov 12, 2012 11:18 AM CST
New theatre in my town. Has IMAX and is all digital. Base ticket price is $10 for matinee. $19 if you want to be in the balcony where the seats have a tray back like in an airliner. There's a service button where a waiter will respond and take your concessions order. You can order a pizza, chicken wings, burger, etc. So $19 each for the ticket, $20 each to snack, that's $85 for a movie out (tip included). On the other side of town, you have the theatre built in the afro-zone. $4.50 for a prime time ticket, and I sneak in snacks. Of course you take a 50/50 chance of a driveby but at least you go home and can pay the light bill that month.
Nov 12, 2012 11:12 AM CST
Raising taxes can cost the average business and jobs are lost which is the exact opposite of what was intended