June 04, 2017

Texas man’s victorious lawsuit against “date from hell” a win for cinema courtesy

David MenziesMission Specialist

I’m no fan of frivolous lawsuits and while a recent one filed by Brandon Vezmar of Austin, Texas seeking damages of $17.31 seems to fit that description, I fully support his quest for justice.

Vezmar, 37, took a first date to a screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Things went bad when his date allegedly texted 10 to 20 times in a fifteen minute span while the film was playing.

He asked her to stop but she refused. He told her to text outside so she left and didn’t return leaving Vezmar stranded since they arrived at the theatre in her car, prompting Vezmar to say:

“It was kind of a first date from hell. This [texting during a movie] is like one of my biggest pet peeves.”

Even the movie’s director, James Gunn, weighed-in saying the woman deserves jail time.

The unidentified woman claims it involved a very important matter and that her texting “wasn’t bothering anybody... I’m not a bad woman.”

She may not be evil bad but she’s certainly rude, selfish, ignorant and entitled and was likely bothering the entire audience with her phone’s ambient light.

This kind of behaviour has caused a boom in home theatres. The multiplex can be downright stressful for those who actually care about watching a movie.

Unless you’re a surgeon on call, turn off the phone and keep your mouth shut!

As for Vezmar, he settled his case out of court, which is a pity. In my book he deserved punitive damages for what he endured and his date deserved worldwide public shaming.

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commented 2017-06-04 15:36:20 -0400
It’s Texas. It should be legal to shoot the phone out of their hand if they text during the movies.
commented 2017-06-04 13:18:46 -0400
Bill Elder, lol
Yep, she will likely have a standing date with Ben & Jerry and a spoon!
commented 2017-06-04 13:11:31 -0400
Leviticus 2013 – Yes, we do have to overlook minor indiscretions… this guy in Texas used the small claims court process because it’s his right to do so. The report indicated the matter was settled out of court; he was reimbursed by the sounds of it. I don’t know how many “dates from hell” he has been on in the past, maybe, this last one was the final straw… The upswing is that, maybe this rude woman he took to the movies will now show a little respect to the person who is taking her out in the future; and the rest of the movie goers.

Personally, I would not make use of the small claims court system unless it was a more serious matter. I have managed to hold companies accountable for faulty products/service through phone calls and letters….once, I had to threaten civil action in small claims court. How did I avoid filing a claim; I suggested to the person I was dealing with that it is above her pay grade to expose the company to a law suit; and suggested she elevate the matter and hand it off to someone with more authority. Problem solved!
commented 2017-06-04 13:08:41 -0400
Another Millennial female made incapable of meaningful/lasting relationships becase….yep, slavish buy-in to toxic pop culture. Besides that this little wigger seems to be in the thrall of obsessive-compulsive disorder (prone to addictions and self-indulgence) I’d say buddy there was right to run screaming from that neurotic basket case – I can see her future now ; planted on a couch surrounded by lots of cats and plush toys, porking back a bucket of Haagen-Dazs watching Opra reruns, growing fatter and more pathetic while texting her fellow middle-aged frumpy millennial BFFs.
commented 2017-06-04 12:42:53 -0400
We must learn tolerance minor and I repeat minor indiscretions or we are doomed to be viewed as nut jobs.!
commented 2017-06-04 11:37:45 -0400
This has gone too far..
Anybody that supports a lawsuit for a bad date is insane..
Why not consider this useful information to not perpetuate the second date… The whole idea of a first date is to see if it leads to a second and if not it certainly won’t lead to a relationship.
The whole idea of dating is to see if you’re compatible and obviously these two are not. However it was a shame that the selfish behavior of this person may have distracted some people in the theater away from their full enjoyment of their chosen entertainment.. but a lawsuit..??
I look to the saner people to lead by example as anything less signals that one side is just as nuts as the other.!!
commented 2017-06-04 10:48:16 -0400
Good for Bezmar, too bad he didn’t include transportation home in his suit.
commented 2017-06-04 10:34:50 -0400
Poor etiquette. Bad manners.