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A Texan is suing his date for the cost of a cinema ticket after she upset him by sending a bunch of texts to a pal while watching Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Brandon Vezmar has filed a lawsuit in a small claims court in the state capital of Austin to get back the $17.31 he splashed during their first and seemingly final …

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This guy is about to become a legend

I predict Brandon will have great difficulty getting dates in the future, once word of his "high standards" gets around.

Brandon, buddy? You're doing it wrong. I agree with your point, but you're not doing yourself any favors here.

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Re: This guy is about to become a legend

I'm Mary Poppins Y'all!!

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Re: This guy is about to become a legend

I'm sure he reckons that the sacrifice will be worth it, if only the apocalyptic scourge of people texting during films can be vanquished forever.

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Re: This guy is about to become a legend

> I predict Brandon will have great difficulty getting dates in the future, once word of his "high standards" gets around.

He could always change his name to Sheldon Cooper.

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Re: This guy is about to become a legend

Suing is really not appropriate.

Using your phone in the cinema should be criminal court, not civil.

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Re: This guy is about to become a legend

I think the judge should sentence these two to marry each other to protect the rest of society.

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Re: This guy is about to become a legend

"I predict Brandon will have great difficulty getting dates in the future, once word of his "high standards" gets around." - Au contraire, I would date such a principled guy!

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@Chemical Bob -- Re: This guy is about to become a legend

But only after both are neutered to keep from reproducing.

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Re: This guy is about to become a legend

"I think the judge should sentence these two to marry each other to protect the rest of society."

No. Think of the children.

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What children? They'll start, she'll whip out the phone to text a friend, and he'll leave the room frustrated.

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Re: This guy is about to become a legend

Director's already on board: https://twitter.com/JamesGunn/status/864605865701146624

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"I predict Brandon will have great difficulty getting dates in the future"

BOTH of them, no doubt, are pretty much "un-dateable" without a severe amount of pennance of some kind...

If a girl is willing to spend here entire life on the @#$% phone texting, you'll NEVER command more than 30 seconds of her attention (if that). You'll never get a sandwich, or coffee the next morning. Don't even THINK about anything else. It'll be "tap tap tap tap" all of the fornicating time, except when she's being an "all about me" drama queen. In fact, I wonder if THIS chick texts while fornicating...

As for the dude, he's lost his 'man card' for at least 5 years, if not permanently. "Being willing to put up with that" carries FAR more bonus points with the fairer sex than does being an ASSHAT and suing your date like that. yeah.

Aaaaah, the whole 'dating game' thing is such a pain any more. you can't say ANYTHING without being offensive, you can't touch the girl without being labeled "aggressive", and you need WRITTEN FRICKING PERMISSION to engage in anything sexual, with notarization and lawyer approval, or it's called "rape" (only for the guy of course) and you get to spend even MORE on l[aw]yers and maybe lose your freedom for a while...

Yeah, it's making me into a ROBOSEXUAL.

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Texas Reg Reader

You don't understand - this is a Texas girl - these are bipolar, self-destructive girls with industrial-grade insecurities and major league daddy issues. They change mental states in an instant.

I'm sure at first she was thinking "He's a great guy, I'm lucky to be out with him, he could be The Great One, he's awesome..."

Him: "Could you stop texting?"

Her (thinking) "..he's awesome... no, he's a creep, I can't stand him, who does he think he is, what an idiot..."

He's a hero.

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Tosser.

While I will agree that using a phone in the cinema is very rude, being a total tossing knob is not an appropriate response.

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Exactly. From where I'm sitting, this guy and their partner just look equally rude and out of touch with appropriate behaviour.

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Tosser

He's young and I'm sure his whore moans got the better of him.....

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They seem like a well matched pair.

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I'm imagining this too, they should give it another shot.

But you have to wonder, is Guardians of the Galaxy 2 that bad? I blame Hollywood.

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Why?

It seems to me that she was just being a good friend. So it messed up the date- or rather it messed up the guy's enjoyment of the movie, which is why going to a movie on a first date is not a good idea - but if he wasn't a jerk he would have dealt with it.

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GOTGal II does look that bad but having seen this: http://comicbook.com/marvel/2017/05/19/texting-woman-guardians-vol-2-sued-settled-video-/

I think they deserve each other.

It says a lot about dating agencies too, I quite like to have spoken to and seen a prospective date before asking her out. Looking through an online list seems wierd to me.

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It seems to me that she was just being a good friend.

Well, it's OK then. Whats the saying: A friend will help you move, a good friend will help you move the body?

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He could have given it some extra though

Maybe... If his date was even moderately impressed by him and/or liked what she saw she would have done something else instead of texting...

I suspect it was a case of this: http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/society/i-shaved-my-sodding-legs-for-this-says-woman-on-date-with-twat-20170508127258

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First Date...

A cinema to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

Think most of us can see how this was going to go from the very start.

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What's wrong with that? I always take first dates to somewhere where I don't have to talk to them! I've done it loads of times...

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I guess it saves you worrying about where to go for a second date ...

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>>I always take first dates to somewhere where I don't have to talk to them! I've done it loads of times...

That's pretty considerate of you, all things considered.

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"I always take first dates to somewhere where I don't have to talk to them!"

Did you really mean listen to them? ☺

No matter where I take a date, I rarely seem to get to do much talking past, "You look great!", other than the occasional, "Yes" or "No" afterward. (Proves you're listening when you use the right one at the right time!)

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Re: First Date...

smart guys would figure out what makes HER happy, then do that. If she's worth anything at all as a human being, she'll perceive that as 'owing something'. Either that, or just like you a whole lot better.

(yeah it's a stupid game, but better to just suck it up and assume you've got to 'win her' or something)

And a movie as a first date, I suppose it depends on the movie. All of those 'Twilight' movies seemed (to me) to be a perfect setup, where women love it, and the action scenes keep the guys from being completely bored by a "chick flick".

But I'm off the market anyway. I'm a 'Robosexual' now. I've been driven there by society's stupidity...

[back in the day if I'd known this stuff I'd have purchased a lot of Barry Manilow concert tickets, and would've been THE most popular guy in high school]

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@h4rm0ny

I think you missed the joke....it was that huge noise that went whooshing over your head.

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Stealthy ad campaign?

At first I thought he had special needs but the guy is actually president of The Messaging Company, "a full service communications consultancy and media services firm providing expert guidance on, and development and execution of, communications strategies for select clients throughout the business and political spheres." Is this not just him showing he can deliver a communications strategy? I mean, damn, I've written off a load of dates, who cares?

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Re: Stealthy ad campaign?

If that is is an example of the way he communicates, I hope business is slow. That was a long way around to not explain what it really is you offer.

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I’m not a bad woman,” she told the paper. “I just went out on a date”.

“I’m a [...] [sexist] woman,” she SHOULD HAVE told the paper. “I just went out on a date [had him pay and spoiled his evening]”.

His reaction was bad ? Sorry, feminist, here, but if I am on a date watching a movie and a friend is in distress and needs my support (via mobile, whatever) ... I apologize deeply and cancel the evening out, promise to make up for it ... what she did, was piss taking ...

That woman was a BAD <whatever> that evening, if you ask me ...

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I’m not a bad woman...

Besides the good effort put in to spoil the movie for her date and others in the cinema, how is it OK to leave the guy and drive off? If you cannot deal with a person, it is understandable to part ways, but at least call a cab. The guy might be a little restricted in the future when looking for love, but I appreciate him taking one for the team on this. Instead of awarding the plaintiff the requested compensation, the judge ought to take her cell phone away for a month.

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@Robert Helpmann??

" how is it OK to leave the guy and drive off? If you cannot deal with a person, it is understandable to part ways, but at least call a cab. "

What, you mean you want her to give the keys to her car to a guy she's on a date with for the first time? Or are you saying she should get in a taxi so that they both have to pay for taxis home in the name of equality?

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Re: @Robert Helpmann??

I think a reasonable person would interpret that to mean to arrange for a ride for the now stranded party whether it's actually a cab, Lyft, or Uber is of no consequence. I would also think that, while not mandatory, it would be polite to pay for said carriage as well.

It's also unclear whether she mentioned she wasn't coming back when she went out to text but I think saying so would be the civil thing to do.

Hopefully Brandon will be wise enough to choose the next installment of the Sharknado franchise for his next date. If anything is going to test someone's resistance to texting or other phonal phidgeting it has to be Sharknado.

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I don't think anyone is saying just walking off and forgetting about your date isn't bad. And they're certainly not saying that txting in the cinema is okay because it's downright unconscionable. I don't think most people are even suggesting that he shouldn't be upset.

But what I believe pretty much everyone thinks is that suing a date to get the price of their movie ticket back is downright petty and hysterically over the top. Seriously - if we've reached the point where such trivial human interactions and sleights are handled through the law courts rather than human interaction, we might as well just reboot civilisation now.

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random subject line for unnecessary sub-thread which was(Re: @Robert Helpmann??)

The Undetermined Gist spews out:

"What, you mean you want her to give the keys to her car to a guy she's on a date with for the first time? Or are you saying she should get in a taxi"...

Wow! Slow down there, cowboy. First of all, this is Texas, where everything is bigger, especially the stupidity. Next, the post you are referring to, and here in reality, no one mentioned "handing over the keys to her own car to anyone" nor having both (?!) take the same taxi. I don't know your level of education, but let me help you out here. Since they came to the date in her car, she could either drive him home in an angry huff, OR he could take a taxi/bus/call-a-friend/etc. The two options you provided are odd and I would also offer that you should lower any doses of strong medication you are on, because you are drifting in and out of reality. Also, get the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on Blu-ray! In stores, in your imagination, now!

Also, people, stop editing the subject lines of the threads. You can see from my example it is unnecessary, and looks odd. Just leave it blank, or whatever the original thread was. Just because you can edit it doesn't mean you should. If you disagree, I understand, you are then clearly a pedophile and a Nazi sympathizer! It is known. :P

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Re: @Robert Helpmann??

How exactly do you arrange transport for someone who is not ready to travel yet, and you're not sure when they will be? And you're not on particularly good terms with them, and don't know their phone number, or whether they use Uber or Lyft or old-fashioned taxis?

Call a taxi to arrive at the cinema in an hour's time? Then how would the driver identify the fare (who wouldn't be looking for him), and how do you know the fare would even leave as soon as the movie's over?

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Re: @Robert Helpmann??

@Veti. Really?!? You've never seen drivers waiting with a sign that says "Johnson" or "Hubris party" or "over text sensitive twit" or "whathaveyou"? You really need to get out more.

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Why bother dating?

Call me old fashioned (OK, you'd be right).

A couple of weeks back the Wife and I went off to our local for a meal, they've got a number of small areas with just 2 or 3 tables, the one we were in there were 2. Shortly after we arrived a young couple came and sat at the next table. They didn't say a word to each other, they both got out there phones and spent over half an hour engrossed in them, he seemed to finish first and tried to talk to the woman, she continued to ignore him. Ten minutes later she finished and she looked up and started to talk. From then on they were all lovey dovey. Well they were until BeepBeep her phone got a message and she went back to ignoring her date.

What's the point?

If I go on a date, I expect to pay the person I'm dating the respect of "being with them".

If I went on a date and the other party just spent the evening on their phone, I'd take the hint and sod off.

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Re: Why bother dating?

Maybe they were also a married couple.

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Re: Why bother dating?

Call me old fashioned (OK, you'd be right).

... there phones...

Hmmn, I call you a millennial impostor based on poor grandma

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It's an investment!

$17.31 is a small price to pay for a happy future.

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"$17.31 is a small price to pay for a happy future."

it has anecdotal value. It can be used to make YOU look good on future dates.

"Wow, XXX, you're a pretty cool date. I made a mistake once and went out with this one girl, who texted the entire time during the movie and left me without a ride. I mean THAT was bad, but hey, I've gotten over it. I'm glad I met YOU." (etc.)

as long as it's 'just mentioned' in the right context, it could be an advantage. It shows you're a) willing to take a risk, b) willing to overlook things like that, c) able to bounce back from adversity. And you can use it as a compliment. And you can play a *teensy* bit of a 'sympathy card'.

That is, if I weren't "off the market". Robosexual.

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A cheap mistake

They say that if you lend a "friend" £10 and they don't pay you back, you've learned a very cheap lesson. It would seem that this guy, and maybe his date too, both made a mistake - but fortunately discovered their errors before it turned costly.

Oh, and where the hell can you get a pizza for $4?

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Oh, and where the hell can you get a pizza for $4?

I came here to ask that same question - especially somewhere where a cinema ticket costs $17

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Oh, and where the hell can you get a pizza for $4?

A cheap supermarket?

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Re: A cheap mistake

The bins round the back of a cheap supermarket. Four bucks is a small price to pay to get someone else to clamber through the garbage on your behalf.

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