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Is texting at the cinema a threat to civilised society?

Published: May 2017

A Texan man thinks so after suing a woman for her persistent texting during a date.

Texas resident Brandon Vezmar has filed a lawsuit against a woman for US$17.31 after she ruined a recent date by texting, claiming that her behaviour was “a threat to civilised society”.

In giving an account of the date to a local newspaper, Vezmar said that she began texting about 15 minutes after the movie began. Having asked her to stop to no avail, he suggested she should step outside to text. The woman did not return.

“It was kind of a first date from hell,” he told the newspaper.

Feeling frustrated, Vezmar ironically texted his date the next day, asking for her to pay him back the price of the ticket. The women refused and Vezmar opened up legal proceedings.

According to the lawsuit, the texting was supposedly a “direct violation” of the cinema’s policy and that the woman had “adversely” affected his and other patrons’ viewing experience.

“While damages sought are modest, the principle is important as defendant’s behaviour is a threat to civilised society,” the petition added.

Vezmar has since dropped the suit after he was reimbursed the US$17.31.

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