A new legislative amendment allows Israeli moviegoers to nibble their own snacks while watching films at the movie theater, instead of being forced to buy food and beverages at the nearby concession stands.
Israel's Ynet news and Haaretz report that 'The Popcorn Law' has been passed as an amendment to the Consumer Protection Law.
The law states that closed entertainment venues that sell food and drinks have to allow customers to enter with their own refreshments if they desire.
A small box of popcorn usually sells for about US$5 at movie theaters and a can of soda is priced around US$2, as are candy bars. Israel's minimum wage is around US$1000 a month and average monthly salary is approximately US$2200.
Israel is known for its strong consumer protection lobby and its Israel Consumer Council.
This year Israel was voted first as the world's foremost nation out of 30 countries monitored in terms of the availability of information to consumers by the Consumers International (CI), a nonprofit group dedicated to protecting consumer rights internationally. The United States came 5th and the United Kingdom was in the bottom five.
Below are the five best and worst countries for promoting access to knowledge for consumers listed in the 2012 report.
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4. New Zealand
5. United States
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3. United Kingdom