A man named Brandon Vezmar from Austin is suing a woman he met online and took on a first date to see the recently released Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Her crime? Texting during the movie.
The Austin American-Statesmen spoke with Vezmar about his accusations. Vezmar filed his suit on Thursday and is reportedly asking for the price of the woman's ticket, $17.31. According to him, she was on her phone texting throughout the beginning of the movie. He asked her to stop. Nevertheless, she persisted. Then he suggested she go out into the lobby to text. The woman left and took her car, and his ride, with her. When he contacted her later to ask for the price of the ticket back, she refused.
Okay, I am finding it hard to know who to side with here. On the one hand, taking legal action against someone for $17 is weird and controlling. You had a bad date, you big baby! Suck it up! On the other hand, people texting at the movie theater makes me feel like this:
It's truly one of the most obnoxious behaviors that have become more and more commonplace. I barely go to the theater anymore because I have a rage stroke every time I see someone's glowing screen out of the corner of my eye. If you need to be on your phone that bad, you shouldn't be at the movies. Go to the hospital or whatever the emergency is that would make it necessary for you to check your texts every five seconds after paying to sit in a dark theater. It's incredibly distracting and rude.
The American-Statesman also reached out to the woman in the complaint, though she asked not to be identified. It was the first she had heard of the lawsuit. “Oh my God,” she said. “This is crazy.” Well, that I agree with.
Vezmar, however, seems to think his issues are legit. “It was kind of a first date from hell,” he said, alleging she was off and on her phone consistently. “This is like one of my biggest pet peeves.”
In his suit he says she “activated her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to read and send text messages.” It also takes things to a very personal level by saying, "While damages sought are modest, the principle is important as defendant’s behavior is a threat to civilized society." Dude, get a grip.
The woman disagrees with Vezmar's account. "I had my phone low and I wasn’t bothering anybody,” she said. She said she was texting a friend, who was fighting with her boyfriend.
“It wasn’t like constant texting,” she added. Hmm, you obviously were bothering at least one person quite a lot, ma'am. But, Vezmar sounds like a creep, too, if you ask me. He apparently contacted the woman's sister in his pursuit of the ticket money, too.
The woman's reason for refusing to return the money was “he took me out on a date.” Which is true. Your date may or may not act how you want on that date. This is the unspoken risk of dating, and a mature adult deals with it when things don't go how they want. They don't involve the courts.
But everyone is so caught up in their anger at movie theater texters that they can't see the forest for the trees. Even the writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, James Gunn, has weighed in with a tweet:
Yes, let's imprison women for being obnoxious. You know, none of this would happen if people were obligated to throw their phones into the sea before going to the movies. We don't need lawsuits, we need the laws to change!
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