Man Sues His Date for the Cost of a Movie Ticket

An unusual story out of Austin, Texas has many doing a headline double-take. A first-date gone wrong has resulted in a lawsuit. The aggrieved is seeking compensation for the cost of a movie. After his date texted during the movie, and then ditched him at the theater, he feels he’s due some restitution.

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Brandon Vezmar, a 37-year-old man who chose to take a first date to a movie, is suing his would-be girlfriend for $17.31. The Statesman is reporting the story, which isn’t a joke.  The pair had attended a 3-D showing of “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” During the movie, the unidentified woman had taken out her phone and texted a friend.

“It was kind of a first date from hell,” Vezmar said. The texting episode began roughly 15 minutes into the movie. “This is like one of my biggest pet peeves,” he added. It isn’t actually one of Vezmar’s biggest pet peeves, but it is “like” one, though Vezmar didn’t identify which pet peeve the texting resembled.

The Statesman contacted the woman identified in the suit. “Oh my God,” she said. “This is crazy.”

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Vezmar claims she had “activated her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to read and send text messages.”  Texting in the theater was a “direct violation” of the theater’s policy, and the disturbance caused by the small lit screen “adversely” affected his enjoyment of the 3 dimensional action exploding from the immense screen in front of him.

Vezmar, willing to risk the enjoyment of the other patrons in the theater, then broke another of the theater’s policies. He talked during the movie, but only to ask his date to stop texting. He reportedly asked her to leave the theater if she had to continue.

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She did leave the theater. In fact, she drove away. This left Vezmar, who hitched a ride to the date in question, at the theater without a ride home.

When asked to defend her egregious use of such a distracting technological device during the showing of a cinematic masterpiece like “Guardians of the Galaxy 2”, she replied; “I had my phone low and I wasn’t bothering anybody. It wasn’t like constant texting.”

“I did have a very brief date with Brandon, that I chose to end prematurely. His behavior made me extremely uncomfortable, and I felt I needed to remove myself from the situation for my own safety. He has escalated the situation far past what any mentally healthy person would. I feel sorry that I hurt his feelings badly enough that he felt he needed to commit so much time and effort into seeking revenge. I hope one day he can move past this and find peace in his life.”

She has refused to repay Vezmar, noting that “he took me out on a date.” She’s also taken out a restraining order after she feared he had begun stalking her on social media.

Vezmar must have taken something away from the film, as his lawsuit clearly borrows from the film’s thematic motifs: “While damages sought are modest, the principle is important as defendant’s behavior is a threat to civilized society.”

It is worth noting that Vezmar remains single after the incident.