Man sues his date for texting during a movie

We've all been angered at the movies by the guy or gal who is so selfish that he/she starts calling someone or texting while the movie is playing. There are so many ways how that can be annoying. First, there is the light from the screen, not to mention both sides of the conversation that can be heard. And the clacking of the keyboard created by texting can be a huge distraction to movie goers. That is why Theater Mode on the Apple Watch is so useful. It keeps the screen dark until you tap a button or press on the screen. The raise-to-wake feature is disabled, and sound is muted. Hopefully, this feature will eventually be available for the iPhone and iPad.

Sometimes, things go too far. Take 37-year old Brandon Vezmar, who lives in Austin. For his first date with a 35-year old woman on May 6th, he took her to see Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. To his dismay, 15-minutes after the film started, Vezmar's date started texting on her handset. Did we tell you that this is one of his pet peeves?  Not only was this their first date, both had never met each other before since they had met using an online dating app.

According to Brandon, his date activated her phone 10 to 20 times in a 15-minute period to send and receive texts. He asked her to stop, but she wouldn't listen. Finally, he suggested that she go outside of the theater to text, and she obliged. But after she left the theater, she never returned. Since he was driven to the theater by his date, Vezmar was left stranded.

What would you do? Most of us would probably forget about it and move on. But not Brandon Vezmar. Calling the incident "kind of a first date from hell," he filed a lawsuit against his date for the cost of the ticket, $17.31. The woman responded to Vezmar's claims by stating that she had texted only two or three times, and it was to a girlfriend who was in the middle of a fight with her boyfriend. "I had my phone low and I wasn’t bothering anybody," she said,

The suit was filed after Brandon asked the woman to reimburse him for the price of the theater ticket. But she said that he was in the middle of taking her out on a date, so she refused. She also filed for protection for her little sister, whom Brandon contacted by phone seeking the return of the $17.31.

Vezmar's complaint states that the texting was in violation of the theater's policy. According to the suit, the defendant affected the "viewing experience" of Vezmar and various patrons of the movie theater who could not enjoy the show.

The filing adds that "While damages sought are modest, the principle is important as defendant’s behavior is a threat to civilized society."

source: Statesman via CNET



34. collin3000

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

Can we just make this a law where unless it's an emergency, If someone uses a phone in a theater with signs and announcements saying "no phone" they have to pay for the tickets of everyone within 4 seats and 2 rows of them?

30. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

hahahaha! grown man "stranded" in the city of Austin? haha this guy has problems. get over it. you had a crappy date (choosing to see a movie didnt help), and you're cheap. move on. this woman dodged a bullet

35. Brewski

Posts: 739; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Exactly. Who goes to a first date at a movie? You really think you're going to learn anything by sitting in the dark being quiet for 2 hours? Go take a walk or do something active like bowling or mini golf. Engage in dialogue to get to know each other, not ignoring each other and then complaining the date went bad.

29. Valdomero

Posts: 707; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I was that man I would've get up my seat and sit somewhere else if there are seats available. If not, I would've stand up in the stairs, done! no b¡tch texting next to me. 'muricans suing for stupid reasons make 'murica great again...

25. nikhil23

Posts: 507; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

This is the second article I read today about dumb people doing dumb things. The first one being "some guy is suing Conan because he stole his jokes which he posted on internet"

24. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1126; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I understand where he's coming from about the phone during the movie, I toss popcorn at anyone whose phone screen lights up in front of me. It's distracting and unneeded. And he paid $17 for a ticket? damn that must have been an iMax 3D movie, even the AMCs near me aren't that pricey. The only part I disagree with is the lawsuit seeing as it's going to cost more in legal fees than he will be compensated, and it's a waste of Tax payer dollars if it leads to court appearances

22. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Anyone ever watched the movie Idiocracy? It's really looking like a prophecy being fulfilled today in America...

23. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

It seems as though President Mango's idiocy has been rubbing off on more people of late. Don't worry thought... he'll hang himself soon enough. Then people will go back to being stupid, but quiet... as it should be.

20. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

a lawsuit over a movie ticket?? take the "L" and move on!! My first thought is........Was she interested in the movie?? Because it seemed like she didnt want to see it in the first place lol Take the "L" Brandon

19. lyndon420

Posts: 6935; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Both of them are douchebags. He should have pretended not to know her by just getting up and leaving the theatre, and then waited by her car for her. She's obviously full of low standards with no respect for others around seriously...why go to watch a movie if you're just gonna play on your iPhone?!?

31. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

"She's obviously full of low standards with no respect for others around her..." while her actions were rude, they in no way indicate what you so pompously stated above. get over yourself haha seriously.

18. tokuzumi

Posts: 2021; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

"I wasn't bothering anybody" She could put her phone away for 90 minutes. The world won't end because she wasn't immediately responding to texts. That dude dodged a bullet. He's an idiot for bringing up the lawsuit, though. I can see why they are both single. Forever alone for both of them.

16. Ronan

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 21, 2017

Did anyone notice the paid for by Apple advertisement in the beginning of the article? PA is pathetic....

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I use should too. In fact we all should so PA doesn't make a dime.

15. hatersgonnahate

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 24, 2015


14. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

She was sued for being a bi*ch? Cool. Maybe she can sue him for being a d*ck about it :)

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

He will never find pussy, I mean happiness. Dickhead.

10. ruscook

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 11, 2015

She should sue him for the cost of the petrol and the time she had to spend (lost forever) with a complete f**king loser.

7. frankg

Posts: 174; Member since: May 14, 2014

With this attitude he's going to be single a long time. She just wasn't worth it. Take it as a loss en move on....

11. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

He or she ? Because to my knowledge it is a minimum of respect to close your phone and don't botte anyone in a theater.

6. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

This is the reason why I watch from the back of the theater, it's much higher and you're not bothering anyone behind you.

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It is annoying to see those screens lit up. I always put my phone on silent and my Android watch on theater mode before I enter the cinema.

8. Heisenberg

Posts: 379; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

So Android has theatre mode but PA only acknowledged Apple's watch and hoping it's introduced to iPhone and iPad. These guys really sucks

9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yes Android Wear has this feature too

17. cmdacos

Posts: 4412; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Tizen as had for years as well.

27. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

My pen and paper communication method has had it before any of these.

4. yalokiy

Posts: 1145; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

"... a threat to civilized society" XD

3. Heisenberg

Posts: 379; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

OF*. PA bring up an edit button. Is that so hard?

2. Heisenberg

Posts: 379; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

In the land on USA, anything can happen. Wtf!!

1. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

WTF did I just read? The world is bizarre.

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