Movie theater ejects a woman for texting, and turns her hate-voicemail into a PSA
posted by Ken N. / Jun 07, 2011, 12:01 PM
Since 1997, the Drafthouse has had a strict no-phone policy, which they admit has alienated some customers. But the rest of us appreciate it. After a woman was recently ejected for texting, she left an angry, profanity-ridden voicemail with their corporate office. Rather than delete the message, the Alamo Drafthouse decided to turn the hatefully hilarious message into a public service announcement.
Their new PSA will be featured before every R-rated movie, featuring the full, possibly-drunken message. And following the voicemail, the PSA reads "You're welcome! Thanks for not coming back to the Alamo, texter!"
We love our devices. But there is a time and a place, and the movie theater isn't it. Good work, Alamo Drafthouse.
source: AlamoDrafthouse (YouTube) via Forbes
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Okay so first she was saying she wasn't using her phone and that she was using it as a flash light. But with that first statement she follows it with "I was texting"... uh okay. Nice contradiction. I'm glad this movie theater made this public. Watch this girl try and sue like a dumb ass.
posted on Jun 07, 2011, 1:06 PM 2
I understand the distraction, but if I go to a movie and pay a babysitter to watch the kids, is it not unreasonable to put the phone on silent and at least *check* a text message to see if it's the babysitter telling me that my youngest hit his head on the fireplace and the ambulance is taking him to the hospital? Clearly I don't need to text back or call back from within the theater, but isn't this limited use of the phone within reason?
posted on Jun 07, 2011, 1:56 PM 1
Be reasonable... no one is going to kick anyone out for "checking" on a babysitter. You however will get kicked out for TEXTING then being profane like she was. I was asked to leave once, but was allowed to stay once I explained that I only checked my phone twice as a loved one was in the hospital. I was allowed to return to my seat with an apology from the associate. An adult whom behaves like an adult, will be treated like an adult. She obviously was not behaving like an adult at all.
posted on Jun 07, 2011, 2:20 PM 5
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Checking your text is one thing. 1 sec, and you're done. TEXTING is complete different. And yes, it does piss a lot of people off when you are into the movie, and then in a corner of your eye, some ass turns on the phone for an extended period of time. Just because people are too polite to complain, doesn't mean they are not bothered.
posted on Jun 07, 2011, 4:31 PM 2
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What would you do if you didn't have that cell phone? Oh, that's right, you wouldn't know about it until you got home (or if you used the payphone in the lobby) and then had to go to the hospital where the docs would be doing whatever they would have been doing anyway when the ambulance brought the kid to the hospital! The only difference the cell gives you are a few extra minutes to get there and worry more, which wouldn't help the situation at all, and possibly make it harder for the doctors to do their job
posted on Jun 07, 2011, 6:58 PM 0
Yes, sure you can , to do that.. politely excuse urself and come out of the hall... complete the business and then go back in... much better...as its very annoying while watching a movie especially a dark scene when you notice a bright light coming from the corner of your eye....
posted on Jun 08, 2011, 5:30 AM 1
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Hey if you don't know that by now then you are a flaky airhead bimbo. When I go to see a movie I put my phone on silent or even turn it off. I am paying $10.00 to see this movie & I will be damned if I miss a critical part of a movie because I am texting. This is 2011 & every movie you see it clearly says don't text or use your phone. She got what she deserves. To add insult to injury she leaves a stupid demented VM. It's so funny that they use the VM as part of the "don't use your cell campaign", they should make that a national ad in all movie theatres! lol This is classic!!!
posted on Jun 07, 2011, 2:04 PM 3
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She was wrong for texting and/or facebooking during a movie, but I don't think any company has the right to post up audio of an angry customer to the public.
posted on Jun 07, 2011, 3:58 PM 1
consider me a fan of this movie the-A-ter and if I wasn't in California, I'd be patronizing their establishment. And to those who had a babysitter or emergency, I totally understand your issue - keep your phone in your pocket on vibrate and when it does, LEAVE THE THEATER and check.
posted on Jun 07, 2011, 4:30 PM 3
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Actually, it IS illegal in some states to use audio without the persons knowledge. I've been in radio for some years and they drilled that into us that we had to let them know they we were going to use their voice. That being said, KUDOS to this theater!! I wish more would follow in their footsteps! God forbid young people actually know what it was like before cell phones when you actually went places and couldn't be reached 24 hours a day. My parents went out all the time leaving us with a babysitter and they didn't have a cell phone. I believe back then there were things called pay phones that when they had a chance they could call home and check in. Self rightious entitlement...it IS a disease these days!!
posted on Jun 07, 2011, 5:27 PM 0
Is it just me or did she sound kind of cute? hahaha
posted on Jun 07, 2011, 6:38 PM 0
She's trying to sound cute so she is somehow right and more valid than the theater. She prolly does this cute talk thing to everyone she's trying to manipulate all day everyday. Glad you like it you must not have girls... As for the going to the movies when I pay $10-$25 (ticket, popcorn & soda) for the theater experience I want to watch the movie not 300 people checking in with their babysitter. If you want to talk, text, post, etc. It's called the lobby go there.
posted on Jun 07, 2011, 6:54 PM 1
So because I think she has a cute voice means I dont have a girl? Yea ok that makes sense. Let me guess you're a bitter 30 yr old who feels the need to attempt to belittle people on the internet in order to make your pathetic existence feel more worthwhile. You're trapped in a dead end job with no aspirations to be anything better than what you currently are. Does that about sum it up?
posted on Jun 08, 2011, 10:13 AM 0
Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010
I gotta agree with her. They shouldn't be able to kick you out of a place for texting. I don't see how it could disturb anyone. I wouldn't mind if someone was texting next to me. Who knows? Maybe it's important... but even if it isn't, I still wouldn't care.
posted on Jun 07, 2011, 7:08 PM 2
Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010
Yea if she had her phone on silent and was just texting and staying quiet. They had no right to kick her out. Nearly every time I go see a movie there's more than one person who texts during the movie, but it NEVER bothers anyone. She shouldn't have reacted like that for sure, it was childish but I can't blame her for being upset. I also think it was very unprofessional of the movie threater to post this video.
posted on Jun 07, 2011, 9:48 PM 1
I agree with the ejection if the phone ringer was up and kept making noise. If the phone was on vibrate and she was at least attempting to be discrete with her texting I really don't see the point of the ejection. If I go out with my spouse to see a movie and the baby sitter has a question related to my child and they text me, then I see nothing wrong with taking that message during the movie. In addition, if my child was at the movies and I texted them for any reason and they were thrown out I would be furious. I can see justification for wanting to keep people from using electronics.
posted on Jun 07, 2011, 9:18 PM 0
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I will say this. It really doesn't bother me if someone is texting at a movie theater. As long as it's on silent and they aren't making any noises. Unless you have ADHD it really shouldn't bother you that much to see a little light. No the thing that bothers me and still does till this day and has since before cell phones were even around. Are stupid people who talk and talk and talk.
posted on Jun 07, 2011, 9:34 PM 1
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