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

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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