Truth or Consequences, NM
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The federal minimum wage is still $7.25 an hour. Some people still need to work or juggle 2 or 3 jobs to make ends meet, and even at a slightly higher wage, people still struggle to get by. If you really think about it, a person or couple working multiple jobs, really do not have the time to go to a movie. If you add up what it costs for concessions treats and soda pop, you're probably looking at spending $50 a person or more. Going to see a baseball game is even worse. Nose bleed tickets for Wrigley Field (cheapest) is $47, add a Coke, Pepsi, a hot dog, some French fries, or some beer, and a day at the ballpark can cost one person $75 to $1oo. Want to go see a football game, a Chicago Bears ticket starts at $79 for nose bleed seats. Add some concession stand snacks, and you're looking at spending about $125 a person.
You'll hardly see any poor people attending sporting events, and you'll probably see even less poor people going to a theater.
Public venues costs quite a bit of money these days. Poor people usually try to find alternatives for entertainment, free concerts put on by local bands, going to the beach or the park, a six or 12 pack of beer and some potato chips, and hanging out with friends and neighbors.