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Auditors 27 Nov 2010 21:18 #34909

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So, an auditor should be there for a whole day of shows, right? Otherwise what good would it do?

I have one here right now who did not show up for the first 3 shows today.
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Re:Auditors 27 Nov 2010 22:19 #34911

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I've never been audited. What, exactly, are they looking for? butts in seats versus your report? ticket stubs?
"What a crazy business"
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Re:Auditors 27 Nov 2010 23:37 #34913

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To make sure the number of tickets you sold equal the number of people in the seats. Have not seen one for a while. This was for CBS with Faster which was the first time I have ran one of their movies. Only 1 of 5 shows the kid attended. I say kid as he probably was only 18-19 years old.
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Re:Auditors 28 Nov 2010 12:25 #34914

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I guess I still don't understand something then. If he was only there for one out of five shows then what is the point? A deceptive theater operator could just make sure that show equaled what the actual number was and then go right back to being deceptive for every other show, right? If it was a blind checker then you would get caught, but if it was announced then I don't get it...
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Re:Auditors 28 Nov 2010 17:09 #34915

That's nothing. I have a checker from WB for Harry Potter. They are not even here. They just sent us their report that they would usually fill out themselves and had us fax it to them with our daily numbers. I think WB is getting shafted by paying this auditor for work they are not even doing. I would not care except that we are doing their job for them, which I just don't have time for on a busy holiday weekend.
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Re:Auditors 30 Nov 2010 12:40 #34920

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often they're checking show times, trailers, etc. and not just tiks vs. butts
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Re:Auditors 01 Dec 2010 10:02 #34929

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About Entertainment wrote:
That's nothing. I have a checker from WB for Harry Potter. They are not even here. They just sent us their report that they would usually fill out themselves and had us fax it to them with our daily numbers. I think WB is getting shafted by paying this auditor for work they are not even doing. I would not care except that we are doing their job for them, which I just don't have time for on a busy holiday weekend.

Yah... I'm not sure how I'd deal with a situation like this. Personally, I'd be inclined not to fax anything.

We report our grosses every day to the studios. Duplicating that through an auditing firm that doesn't care enough to send someone out seems a formula for problems.

When a checker comes out here, we get ID, check the forms and retain a copy (with the checker's signature) of any paperwork we let the person out of here with. That way, there's no argument over the numbers "after the fact".

BTW... nothing wrong with a checker only attending a couple of shows. That was pretty common in our indoor. They'd check the big shows & not bother with the small ones. Kinda pointless, sitting in an auditorium with 10 people, eh?
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Re:Auditors 01 Dec 2010 13:50 #34931

Unfortunately, they did not even attend one show...
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Re:Auditors 02 Dec 2010 12:53 #34941

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I had a checker like this once and they even showed up drunk at the end of the night and wanted me to fill in the report. We refused and reported them to the film company.
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Re:Auditors 04 Dec 2010 11:52 #34954

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dsschoenborn wrote:
I had a checker like this once and they even showed up drunk at the end of the night and wanted me to fill in the report. We refused and reported them to the film company.

Yah... we had a few of them. What I heard is that the studios were contracting with a company that generally hired entry level, unemployed. They'd pay them $10 plus their gas to come out here, on the notion that the movie was part of the deal.

I had one person sneak in 5 of her friends. She insisted we couldn't kick her out (as she was being escorted to the gate). Another walked every row of our drive-in, attempting to hand-count every person. Try that in the twilight sometime. Half of the patrons were either in the snack bar, the playground or wandering the other fields, looking for friends. We coralled her when she started asking patrons for their tickets!

A few others would park in other screens, then ask for our paperwork at the end of the night for the screen they were supposed to be counting.

I never heard if anyone else was having the problems with this outfit that we were. I assume so, because we haven't seen anyone from that company in several years.
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