Are you a geek? In Japan, if you profess to be a geek, it can help you save some money. Read the article here. All you have say is, "I'm an Otaku" when you go to a movie theatre south of Tokyo and they'll give you a discount off the tickets. According to the theatre, 70% of movie-goers made this claim. Since when has being an otaku or geek or dork been so cool, eh?
In Malaysia, there aren't any otakus, only Ah Bengs.
I can just imagine GSC or TGV pulling off a stunt like this.
"Say you're an Ah Beng and we'll give you a 50% discount!!" screams the promo poster at the cinema.
At the ticketing counter :
A man wearing thick horn-rimmed glasses, a rainbow coloured t-shirt and baggy shorts with natural air-conditioning.
Ah Beng : "One teeket please. I'm Ah Beng."
A young man clad in jeans and a leather jacket accompanied by a girl in a baby-tee and capri pants.
Young man : Two tickets, please. We're Ah Bengs.
Cashier : She also Ah Beng ah? Hello, girl Ah Beng is called Ah Lian. Anyway, you two look so hip, how can you be Ah Beng and Ah Lian?
Young man : Look, man. Your poster here says, 'Say you're Ah Beng and you get 50% discount.' I've said 'I'm Ah Beng.' Which part of that sentence don't you understand? Just gimme my 50% discount and we'll quit being Ah Bengs. Okay, brudder?
That'll be the biggest gathering ever of Ah Bengs in one place. Perhaps the Malaysia Book of Records will organise an Ah Beng Fest?