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Man sues date for texting during Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

05.16.2017

Texting in a theater while a movie is playing is pretty damn annoying for the rest of the audience, not to mention very inconsiderate, but suing someone over it? That might be taking it a little too far in my opinion. A 37-year-old man from Austin,Texas clearly doesn't share that view as according to the Austin American-Statesman, Brandon Vezmar has filed a lawsuit in small claims court against his date asking for $17.31, which is the price of ticket to a 3D screening of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2. I think it's safe to say that a second date is not in their future.

After the pair met online, they agreed to see GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, which, according to Vezmar, quickly became "kind of a first date from hell." Shortly after the movie began, his date started using her phone "at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to read and send text messages." After she allegedly refused to stop texting upon being asked, Vezmar then suggested that she finish her conversation outside. The woman, who asked that her name not be used, then left the theater and never came back. As she had driven both of them to the location, Vezmar was left without a ride and he texted her several days later asking for the price of the ticket, which she refused to pay because "he took me out on a date." After hearing about the story, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 director James Gunn responded by saying "why stop at suing? She deserves jail time!"

The woman was completely unaware of the claim when reached for comment, saying "oh my god, this is crazy." She also said that she only texted on her phone two or three times and that each time she "had her phone low" and "wasn't bothering anybody." Vezmar's petition says that texting is a "direct violation" of the theater's policy and that "while damages sought are modest, the principle is important as defendant’s behavior is a threat to civilized society." For her part, the woman says that she is planning to file a protective order against Vezmar after he contacted her little sister trying to get money for the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 ticket. Yikes.

I'm sure most of us are firmly against texting in a theater while a movie is playing, but I can't help but feel as though Vezmar wound up taking things a little far in this case. What do you folks think? And while we're at it, let us know some of your worst theater horror stories involving texting or disruptive members of the audience.

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3:28PM on 05/17/2017
This guy is a real jackass. He really knows how to deliver a proportionate response. I bet he jerks off alone every night wondering "I'm such a nice guy, why don't girls like me?"
This guy is a real jackass. He really knows how to deliver a proportionate response. I bet he jerks off alone every night wondering "I'm such a nice guy, why don't girls like me?"
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2:59PM on 05/17/2017
Not the most frivolous lawsuit I've heard about it
Not the most frivolous lawsuit I've heard about it
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12:00PM on 05/17/2017
Poor cinema etiquette is a manifestation of a declining civilization, sure. But so are frivolous lawsuits.
Poor cinema etiquette is a manifestation of a declining civilization, sure. But so are frivolous lawsuits.
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10:34AM on 05/17/2017
What a whiny little bitch
What a whiny little bitch
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9:01AM on 05/17/2017
Both are at fault.
She's disrespectful to movie watchers when using the phone while the movie is playing. If you really NEED to use the phone, leave the theater and come back when you're done.
The guy is pissed that his date went bad, and wants his money back? Fine. However, I would just take it as the price paid to know that future contact with this woman would cost me much more: emotionally, and monetarily.
Choosing to sue is just plain moronic. He deserves to be labelled an "asshole" for
Both are at fault.
She's disrespectful to movie watchers when using the phone while the movie is playing. If you really NEED to use the phone, leave the theater and come back when you're done.
The guy is pissed that his date went bad, and wants his money back? Fine. However, I would just take it as the price paid to know that future contact with this woman would cost me much more: emotionally, and monetarily.
Choosing to sue is just plain moronic. He deserves to be labelled an "asshole" for being a dick.
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7:45AM on 05/17/2017
Why would you ever take a date to a movie you really want to enjoy uninterrupted?
I could understand if the person sitting next to the two was annoyed (and even then suing her is plain stupid), but sending your own date out of the cinema and then bitching about being ditched? Wow! Women must love that guy. What a loser.
Why would you ever take a date to a movie you really want to enjoy uninterrupted?
I could understand if the person sitting next to the two was annoyed (and even then suing her is plain stupid), but sending your own date out of the cinema and then bitching about being ditched? Wow! Women must love that guy. What a loser.
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7:34AM on 05/17/2017
Obviously the guy just wants to make a point because his lawyer fee's are going to be way more than that
Obviously the guy just wants to make a point because his lawyer fee's are going to be way more than that
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1:18PM on 05/17/2017
It's being handled in small claims not some big lawsuit with a cameraman a sketch artist a jury or lawyers lol.
It's being handled in small claims not some big lawsuit with a cameraman a sketch artist a jury or lawyers lol.
7:14AM on 05/17/2017
This is just plain dumb. Dumbest thing I heard in awhile. I hope the judge throws the case out or whatever. My guess is his date just didn't go well. And if this story goes viral, he won't be going on any other dates any time soon.
This is just plain dumb. Dumbest thing I heard in awhile. I hope the judge throws the case out or whatever. My guess is his date just didn't go well. And if this story goes viral, he won't be going on any other dates any time soon.
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2:26AM on 05/17/2017

Sad on both ends. Win on one.

People texting during a film drives me nuts. I usually avoid packed theaters because of this. ON the other hand, is a lawsuit really necessary? C'mon man its $17-$18! Are you seriously hurting for money? We've all been on shitty dates. Just bite the bullet and move on. Amusing story anyways.
People texting during a film drives me nuts. I usually avoid packed theaters because of this. ON the other hand, is a lawsuit really necessary? C'mon man its $17-$18! Are you seriously hurting for money? We've all been on shitty dates. Just bite the bullet and move on. Amusing story anyways.
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1:31AM on 05/17/2017
People on their friggin phones in theaters is getting worse & worse every year. Dimming your phones light doesn't help shit, it's still an insane distraction. At least 6 people during my screening of Guardians 2 were periodically checking Facebook (not notifications, just aimlessly scrolling).Makes you feel like an angry old man at the age of 30 lol
People on their friggin phones in theaters is getting worse & worse every year. Dimming your phones light doesn't help shit, it's still an insane distraction. At least 6 people during my screening of Guardians 2 were periodically checking Facebook (not notifications, just aimlessly scrolling).Makes you feel like an angry old man at the age of 30 lol
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1:01AM on 05/17/2017

LOL

honestly i hope he wins. HATE so much when teens text during movies or worse talk on their phone, but I think she should only pay back half since she drove.
honestly i hope he wins. HATE so much when teens text during movies or worse talk on their phone, but I think she should only pay back half since she drove.
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12:17AM on 05/17/2017

LMFAO

This is the greatest story ever. This made my night, I haven't laughed so hard. And its true my stupid ass ex gf when I was dating her was doing the same shit. it was annoying. And he has every right to sue after not getting back the money and being ditched. I wonder if they will make this into a short film, maybe Seth Rogen can play the part of the guy.
This is the greatest story ever. This made my night, I haven't laughed so hard. And its true my stupid ass ex gf when I was dating her was doing the same shit. it was annoying. And he has every right to sue after not getting back the money and being ditched. I wonder if they will make this into a short film, maybe Seth Rogen can play the part of the guy.
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10:53PM on 05/16/2017
No one should be texting during a movie. However, maybe I'm old fashioned, but what kind of guy has the girl drive on the first date? This dude doesn't deserve any money based on that alone.
No one should be texting during a movie. However, maybe I'm old fashioned, but what kind of guy has the girl drive on the first date? This dude doesn't deserve any money based on that alone.
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2:30AM on 05/17/2017
Equality man. It doesn't matter who drives, who pays, etc. If you're both interested you should both show willing.
Equality man. It doesn't matter who drives, who pays, etc. If you're both interested you should both show willing.
10:14PM on 05/16/2017
Eh. Seems fair. It's not a date if the other person is preoccupied with him/herself.
Eh. Seems fair. It's not a date if the other person is preoccupied with him/herself.
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9:40PM on 05/16/2017
LOL! sounds like he's just upset that his date didn't go well, and she ditched him at the theater. I can understand wanting your money back, but to go to all the trouble to take it to small claims court. I suppose I just have better things to do than to go to all that trouble. LOL
LOL! sounds like he's just upset that his date didn't go well, and she ditched him at the theater. I can understand wanting your money back, but to go to all the trouble to take it to small claims court. I suppose I just have better things to do than to go to all that trouble. LOL
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9:27PM on 05/16/2017
This should be a milestone case. I do hate people texting, calling and using their phones in movie theater.
This should be a milestone case. I do hate people texting, calling and using their phones in movie theater.
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9:15PM on 05/16/2017
While this story is absolutely crazy, I remember back in 2014, when I was watching Guardians of the Galaxy 1 for the second time, my girlfriend was texting during the first 10 minutes of the movie. She's my EX now.
While this story is absolutely crazy, I remember back in 2014, when I was watching Guardians of the Galaxy 1 for the second time, my girlfriend was texting during the first 10 minutes of the movie. She's my EX now.
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10:18PM on 05/16/2017
Hmm. You're saying it's your second viewing with her, and she only texted during the first 10 minutes of the movie? I'd say that's an overreaction. But that's your call.
Hmm. You're saying it's your second viewing with her, and she only texted during the first 10 minutes of the movie? I'd say that's an overreaction. But that's your call.
4:34AM on 05/17/2017
No, it was MY second viewing, but her first. In it was in a Cinema City VIP screen room in Hungary, where the price is double for extra features (like leather sofas, eat and drink all you can buffet). And I thought, it's a damn good movie and an expensive screen room to chat on Facebook instead.
But we broke up several month later for different causes. So don't worry, I'm a cinephile, but not THAT much :)
No, it was MY second viewing, but her first. In it was in a Cinema City VIP screen room in Hungary, where the price is double for extra features (like leather sofas, eat and drink all you can buffet). And I thought, it's a damn good movie and an expensive screen room to chat on Facebook instead.
But we broke up several month later for different causes. So don't worry, I'm a cinephile, but not THAT much :)
9:34PM on 05/17/2017
Ah, I see. That's understandable. I would have consider that a red flag as well.
Ah, I see. That's understandable. I would have consider that a red flag as well.
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