Dealer Battles Theater’s Powerful Allure

RALEIGH, NC – Average producing first year Danny Sanders is making his roommates suspicious about what he’s really doing during hot afternoons on the Bookfield. During PB&J making time earlier in the week, Sanders kept casually mentioning the new Transformers 3D movie and how it was probably one of the best movies of the summer.

Sanders mentioned feelings of being constantly tempted by the seductive power of a 3D movie experience in his territory, but told of somehow making it through another day on Tuesday without “the action adventure of the year” luring him in.

Though Sanders confirmed his schedule was locked tight with approaches, presentations, and customers, he said he couldn’t help but steal a few glances at the big 20 screen cinema house, which is “right there, staring at [him], all the time.”

Wednesday marked the 59th-straight day Sanders has withstood the theater’s powerful allure.

“I think I was closer to going in today than I have ever been,” Sanders said yesterday during a press conference from his territory, adding that he would be lying if he said he wasn’t thinking about the Transformers movie right at that very moment. “Let me be clear: I do not want to get off track this far into the summer. But knowing that I could just go see a 3D film at any moment, and that it would be so easy, well, it almost feels like I’m being tested or something.”

“Did you know that if you drive slow enough when passing the theater, you can see all the showtimes from the street?” Sanders added.

According to his roommates, it has taken everything in Sanders’ power lately to distract himself from the theater, which Sanders once told a student manager during a PC that “those movies are sort of begging to be watched, you know?” At one point Wednesday, Sanders reportedly forced himself to stop glaring at the theater by driving to a nearby cookie-cutter neighborhood to demo kids books, only to return minutes later to gaze at it some more.

Sanders has also been overheard asking fellow org members at the last Sunday Meeting if they weren’t just the least bit curious what makes Transformers 3D so much better than the other Transformers movies.

“I really want to finish strong and hit I Wanna Win,” said Sanders, adding that there is a 50-50 chance he won’t be able to get through his next day without seeing at least the previews. “It’s hard not to dare myself to do it. It’s like I’m standing on the edge of the Empire State Building, looking down, just wondering to myself, ‘What if I just jumped?'”

“12:00, 3:30, 4:45, 6:00, 8:00, 8:30, 10:00, 11:15,” Sanders continued. “Those were the show times as of today. They change daily, but I memorize them.”

Sanders told reporters that when he first started selling by the theater, the thought of seeing movies only crossed his mind two or three times a day. Two-and-a-half weeks into his turf, however, the movie options consumed him at all times, whether he was getting pre-approach, collecting cash, or even lying in his bed at night.

“Sanders approached me one day and said, ‘Think about it: There is a theater 3 minutes away from me, that I, a human being, could visit and enjoy a wide array of not only the Transformers 3D movie, but many other fantastic films. Tell me you wouldn’t be slightly tempted also,'” Org Leader Matt Earles said. “Then Sanders mentioned he often wondered if the 3D movies would be better on IMAX or if the normal screen would suffice.”

“The way he talked about it, I think I would have just gone to it by now, honestly,” Earles added.

Company representatives have noted that a strong desire to see movies is not uncommon among first year dealers, or experienced dealers for that matter. After just one month on the job, Jill Poston once wrote a letter to her sales manager attached to her weekly report saying, “There’s a big shiny theater right next to the neighborhood I’m working. It has all the movies listed out front and the times they play. It has stadium seating,” and two weeks later the letters were simply covered with the word “movie” over and over again. In 2004, Matt Atchison stopped at a theater 6 times in one day during his last week, but noted that it was closed for remodeling every time.

At press time, Sanders’ roommates came home to find ticket stubs for Transformers 3D, Green Lantern 3D, Super 8 IMAX, Bad Teacher, The Hangover Part 2, and Pirates of The Carribean: On Stranger Tides IMAX 3D spilling out of his fanny pack at the HQ, and Sanders crying in the shower.

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