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NORFOLK, Va. — A Virginia man says he went to a movie theater with his daughters and got bedbugs.

Now he’s not happy because he says the theater has done nothing to get rid of the pests.

Lamonte White (Image: WFSB via NDN)

Lamonte White (Image: WFSB via NDN)

“We’re here to come see — you know, just a family night out and have fun and I get bit up by bedbugs.”

Or at least what Lamonte White believes are bedbugs. He and his daughters had just seen the latest Planet of the Apes movie. It was the 9 p.m. show at Cinemark Theaters in Norfolk, Virginia. White walked out of the theater Wednesday night and says he found bites all over his right arm.

“There were up here, all on my arm and all like that. Then I had some on my leg,” he said.

White said he had a hard time convincing the theater manager of his story, so he caught one of the bugs in a cup.

After complaining about his experience, White said he didn’t feel comfortable going home or getting in his car out of fear he’d bring the pests home with him.

“I tried to do what I think was needed to not take bugs into the house,” he said.

He said managers paid for him and his girls to go to Walmart in a cab, buy new clothes and then take the cab home. He said he still has copies of the receipts he gave to the movie theater.

White says he appreciates the theater’s effort, but still has a problem. He called Cinemark on Thursday to see what had been done about the problem and they were still showing movies in the theater with the bugs. No one could tell him if the problem had been addressed.

“If you got bedbugs, that whole theater should be closed for the day,” he said. “They need to go ahead and fumigate and do what they got to do.”

CNN contributed to this report.


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