You think you've been on bad dates? How about this one—an Austin man is suing his date for texting during a movie, according to the Austin Statesman. The man, Brandon Vezmar, 37, has filed a petition in small claims court asking for $17.31, which was what the ticket to a 3D screening of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 cost him. In the petition, Vezmar said his date's behavior was "a threat to civilized society."
Sounds like a fun date! So here's what went down, according to Vezmar: he and the woman, 35, met online and went on their first (and I'm going to guess only) date to the movie on May 6. Vezmar told the Statesman it was "kind of a first date from hell,” adding that his date started texting on her phone about 15 minutes into the movie. “This is like one of my biggest pet peeves," he explained. YEAH, SOUNDS LIKE IT.
Vezmar told the Statesman that he asked his date to stop, but she wouldn't, so he suggested she go outside and text. She did leave, but didn't come back, driving away in her car, which had taken them both to the theater. Vezmar said he texted her a few days later asking for his money back, but she refused.
Vezmar's date, who asked that her name not be used, told the Statesman on Tuesday that she wasn't aware of the claim against her, calling it "crazy." She told the Statesman she only texted a few times, adding, “I had my phone low and I wasn’t bothering anybody." She defended herself by saying that she was texting with a friend who was in a fight with her boyfriend. She added, “I’m not a bad woman. I just went out on a date.”
The woman told the paper that she was planning to file a protective order against Vezmar, who had apparently contacted her little sister, looking to get the money for the movie ticket back. WOW.
Obviously a story like this is going to get noticed. It even got a reaction on Twitter from the movie's director, James Gunn, who wrote, "Why stop at suing? She deserves jail time!"
And Gunn wasn't the only one who weighed in with an opinion.
This tweet claiming that filing the suit will cost Vezmar $121 is especially interesting, if true.
It looks like Vezmar feels strongly enough about movie theater texting that he's willing to spend a lot more money than the ticket cost him to prove a point.