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Old 04-17-12, 12:11 PM   #1
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What do you do when someone is texting in the movie theater?

Took my daughters to see Hunger Games on Sunday evening.

About halfway through the the girl of the couple sitting in front and about two seats to the right of us pulls out her phone and reads a text, then sends one. I think - ok, strike one. Short time later she pulls it out again, reads a text, sends another one.

Strike two.

On strike three a few minutes later, I reached my foot over and gave the back of her chair a good hard kick. Not whiplash hard, but enough to get her and her boyfriend's attention (they were 20 something's). They looked back at me in a highly offended way. I leaned over closer, and said in a nice stage whisper "OH, SORRY!"

They didn't' get the phone out again during the movie.

BTW, why does every director of an action film think shaky cam and quick pans / cuts are some fabulous technique? It was so bad int eh first 30 minutes we had to move to the back of the theater, and my youngest wanted to leave because she felt nauseous. I had to look a the exit sign for a while, and just sort of view the movie out of my peripheral vision. It got better after the first half hour.
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Have some fun with the laser pointer.

Or sit down next to them and fart.
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Pull the fire alarm. That will get an asst. manager in training in there pretty quickly. Tell him that someone was texting.

Or get your phone out and take a picture of them texting to show the ASMIT. Make sure you have the flash on.
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Pull the fire alarm. That will get an asst. manager in training in there pretty quickly. Tell him that someone was texting.

Or get your phone out and take a picture of them texting to show the ASMIT. Make sure you have the flash on.
You sound like someone who texts in theaters.
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I used to work in a movie theater when I was in college. If the person didn't put their phone away, tell an usher. That should get the offenders a warning or kicked out of the theater.
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I used to work in a movie theater when I was in college. If the person didn't put their phone away, tell an usher. That should get the offenders a warning or kicked out of the theater.
There were no ushers. In fact the movie was supposed to start at 7, and at 7:20, people had to go out to the lobby to tell the ticket desk that that the movie hadn't' started. Staff was not aware that the movie hadn't started. This was at a normal movieplex.

I'm tired of asking people politely to put their phones away, so I figured a good hard kick was equivalent rudeness.
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I used to work in a movie theater when I was in college. If the person didn't put their phone away, tell an usher. That should get the offenders a warning or kicked out of the theater.
Yeah, the problem with that is that you end up missing more of the movie as you have to leave the room and go hunt down an usher. I miss the days when there'd be someone from the theater in the room while the movie was going to take care of stuff - unfocused picture, too low sound, too high sound, problem people, one strip ending and the next one not starting...
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Along about then it would be nice to able to pull out your portable pocket cellphone jammer.
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If your near the back, it's always fun to rest your bare feet on the top of there seat right next to there head. Gently tho so they might not notice it at first. They usually stop what they're focused on. This also works for pattionate couples XD
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Pull your bike headlight out of your bag and shine it on them in flashing mode.

You did ride your bike to the movie theater didn't you. Is there any other way to go to a movie?
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I'm usually pretty busy watching the movie.
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Along about then it would be nice to able to pull out your portable pocket cellphone jammer.
It'll be interesting (and ironic) when portable EMP devices become available at Chinamart.
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How about grow up and let people do what they're going to do? Seriously, people are so self righteous and easily offended. Who cares.

By the way, kicking the back of someone's chair rather than asking politely is passive aggressive bull****. Just ask, they'll probably oblige.
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I'm sorry but if I paid money to see a movie and am constantly being distracted by someone's phone lighting up in a dark theater, I am going to be upset. Usually, I'll ask if they'll stop, and if they won't, then I'll see a manager.

You come to a movie to watch a movie, not text...update your fb status...etc. If you need to answer a text or a call, then you can leave the theater room. Everyone else around you doesn't need to be affected.

If it's during the previews or just once or twice, it doesn't bother me, but if they are continously doing it all throughout the movie, it does.
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Along about then it would be nice to able to pull out your portable pocket cellphone jammer.
If you do, you'll get a $16,000 fine from the FCC. Jammers are illegal to use or sell in the U.S. I'd rather have to endure some idiot texting in a theater than not be able to call 911 if there was an emergency.
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How about grow up and let people do what they're going to do? Seriously, people are so self righteous and easily offended. Who cares.

By the way, kicking the back of someone's chair rather than asking politely is passive aggressive bull****. Just ask, they'll probably oblige.
How about other people being courteous to the people around them instead of being self-absorbed and rude?
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I'm sorry but if I paid money to see a movie and am constantly being distracted by someone's phone lighting up in a dark theater, I am going to be upset. Usually, I'll ask if they'll stop, and if they won't, then I'll see a manager.

You come to a movie to watch a movie, not text...update your fb status...etc. If you need to answer a text or a call, then you can leave the theater room. Everyone else around you doesn't need to be affected.

If it's during the previews or just once or twice, it doesn't bother me, but if they are continously doing it all throughout the movie, it does.
While I understand the premise, I'm guilty of this occasionally unfortunately. I have a business to run, there's times I can't help it.

What bothers me is the unwavering dedication some people tend to have to policing everything that personally offends them.
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How about other people being courteous to the people around them instead of being self-absorbed and rude?
Right, because that's what I said...

Kicking the back of someone's chair because they're doing something you don't like is passive aggressive and not a healthy response. Communication goes a long way, just say "You're driving me crazy, please put the phone away" and most people will oblige. There is not a single person who will respond well to a kick in the back of a chair.
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You come to a movie to watch a movie, not text...update your fb status...etc. If you need to answer a text or a call, then you can leave the theater room. Everyone else around you doesn't need to be affected.
True story: I was in church a couple of years ago when some woman's phone started ringing. This was in the middle of the sermon. Instead of hiting the mute button, she answers the phone, jumps out of her seat and walks to the front of the church past the choir and then out the side exit door chatting the entire time.

After that the chuch makes an announcement to turn off all cell phones before the service.
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While I understand the premise, I'm guilty of this occasionally unfortunately. I have a business to run, there's times I can't help it.

What bothers me is the unwavering dedication some people tend to have to policing everything that personally offends them.
You certainly can help it. Turn off your phone when you go to the movies. Or sit in the back and then leave if you absolutely have to text or talk to someone.

People pay to see a movie and expect common courtesy from others who are there. Assuming that other people who paid to see a movie won't mind if you decide to conduct business while you're in the theater is rude.
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You certainly can help it. Turn off your phone when you go to the movies. Or sit in the back and then leave if you absolutely have to text or talk to someone.

People pay to see a movie and expect common courtesy from others who are there. Assuming that other people who paid to see a movie won't mind if you decide to conduct business while you're in the theater is rude.
Er, no, I can't. Come run a martial arts school by yourself for a few months and then tell me how often your phone is off.

I don't answer my phone, obviously, I will answer a text once during a movie. Usually only once and I'm careful about where the light goes.
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