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Venting – Accepting an Apology Gracefully as Your Lady Friend Did

While I was at the movies last night at the Scotiabank Theatre, my wife texted me that she decided to walk home instead of waiting for the movie to be over as she was done shopping. Having a very low battery and my phone on vibrate, I made every effort to make the two text message exchanges as fast as I could knowing that it was impolite to text during the show. The lady sitting next to me said ” You know, that’s very distracting” to which I apologized and put my phone away.

Immediately after the movie was over, I apologized again and explained that I was very sorry and that if it wasn’t that my phone was almost dead ( I only had 2% left on my battery ) that I would have ignored the text and waited until after the movie was over to check them. She graciously accepted my apology and I got up from my seat and turned to leave.

I thought that since she was such a nice lady that I would buy her and her husband/boyfriend a couple of movie passes and I was going to offer to do that for them when they got out of the aisle. That’s when I felt the tug on my shirt. I turned around and her “very classy” husband/boyfriend said to me “Next time, why don’t you stay the f&*K home and rent the movie or give me back the $20 because you ruined the movie” and a few other choice phrases that I didn’t quite make out but I got the drift that I was dealing with a complete a$$hole of a person.

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I explained and apologized again why I did what I did and this guy went right into full blown a$$hole mode. Being more than capable of dropping him to the floor like the fat little bag of sh!t he was, I decided to tell him to go to hell and what he can go do to himself.

Well, needless to say, I didn’t offer to buy these free passes after that. I hope that whoever the guy was, reads this and realizes what a complete a$$hole he was for no reason and when someone genuinely apologizes, be graceful like your female companion and accept the apology.

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Next time, someone like me might just decide to punch you in the throat for being such an a$$hole. Be very careful who you talk to with that mouth, little man. It’s a wonder that someone hasn’t already done that to you.

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  1. Moral of the story.
    Turn your phone off.

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    • Whatever his reason for pulling out his cellphone or lack of foresight to charge his phone, it doesn’t justify his ignoring the rule.
      If the story “actually” went down that way, I agree it was an inappropriate response by the other guy but the OPer shouldn’t think he’s above the rules.

      I agree that civility is lost in most people…..But that’s usually because people don’t think the rules “actually apply” to them …..and then cry when someone bites back.
      We all go to the movies.
      We all secretly judge the ones that break the cell phone rule.

      Anyway….

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    • Renata FS Renata FS says:

      Or have tolerance and empathy.

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    • Yeah yeah.
      Bleeding hearts. *shrug*

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    • Not bleeding hearts. It’s civility…. something more and more people lack these days.

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  2. It’s not cheap to go to a movie and we don’t know if that couple have waited a long time to go or not? he ruined their night out bc he could not leave the theatre to text. I hate when people think it’s OK to text. U go to a movie to watch a movie not to be on ur phone.

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    • Kristin Mosh Kristin Mosh says:

      Ruined an entire night out for a text or two that took less than 30 seconds? It’s a little light for a short period of time. If that ruins someone whole night they have some serious issues. And maybe should refrain from public outtings where other humans exist.

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    • It does not matter..who gives him the right to text?/if its 2 seconds or 30 seconds. If he needed to text his wife so bad he should of left the theatre. I would of said the same thing to him but I would of said something to him right their not after the show. I don’t pay to go to a movie and have to deal with some idiot that can’t wait to text his wife. Its called respect. The sad thing is not very many people have that anymore.

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    • ^^ KM Perfectly said

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    • So Tammy you would ruin everyones movie just to say something to this guy during the movie? because you wouldn’t wait until after? You’re the rude one to feel you have a right to talk during a movie then a guy who quietly sent a text.

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    • Kristin Mosh Kristin Mosh says:

      It’s foolishness to get pissed over something so petty. News flash people are all different.. we all live in a big world with billions of them. Other people aren’t going to do exactly what you think they should nor will you do what others think you should. To say someone’s “whole night was ruined” over a mild annoyance for 30 seconds is absurd.

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    • Lol leaving the theater to shoot off a 2 second text means he has to get up, block peoples views and possibly make people get up so he can walk past them twice over..that’s not annoying at all. People are way too uptight over trivial things in this city.

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    • Why is it hard to b respectful to others?

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    • You sound like the disrespectful one Tammy. Why go on and on and on when they genuinely apologized several times already? And the SO already accepted the apology?

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    • Believe me I’m not disrespectful at all. I know how to respect others

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    • I can’t believe how many think it’s OK to b on ur phone

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    • Janie Louise Janie Louise says:

      Tammy Stinson I don’t know if you are married or have children but how would you feel if you received a message from your daughter while you were in a movie and she was in some kind of situation and needed your help then the guy next to you starts swearing at you to look at your phone? You never know someone’s circumstances. What happens if his wife was jumped on her way home and he never looked at his phone to see that she was walking instead of waiting for him. This guy has a legitimate reason for using his phone to send two quick messages. He wasn’t scrolling facebook or having a conversation with someone else in the room. He was simply making sure his wife knew that he got her message and that he was safe if he didn’t reply. I hope you would do the same.

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    • It’s WAY more distracting to have someone stand up and leave to quickly reply to a text (and then come back) than it is for them to just stay in their seat to reply and put their phone away!!!

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    • Wow…I don’t normally respond to these but seriously??? A response to a text is alot less distracting then someone standing up and walking past a row full of people. Ridiculous.

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    • “Who gives him the right to text…” He’s in a public place. Are you paying his phone bill?

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    • Tammy ur were just saying you would say something to him at that moment well you would be more disrespectful to EVERYONE else other then the 2 people he upset

      So shut ur trap n get over it already
      complete ignorance on your part
      No common sense at all

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    • Hey I heard there are peoe fleeing worn torn countries and children going hungry daily in our own back yard! But do..carry on. Perspective ppl.

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  3. Do not agree with either one of you. #1 you should have shut off phone when you went in #2 well he was just an idiot

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    • I agree with Dwight. You know, back in the day before cell phones – wasn’t that long ago – parents went out to the movies, to dinner, etc and left the kids with sitters. I doubt there was less kids with asthma or who fell off their bikes 20 years ago, yet parents somehow managed to stay out of touch for a couple of hours.
      As for the husband – to freak out after the OP apologized is just ridiculous and plain bad manners.

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    • Would you agree if it was a text sayin he’s kid got her n needed to come home or would you rather he turned it off n got home n didn’t know his kid got hurt ?

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  4. Dana Fry Dana Fry says:

    Take it outside of the theater to respond

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  5. So many people have the idea that they can use their cell phones all the time. Going to a movie with my hubby is over 100 plus a babysitter. Turn off your phone. If you can’t not respond to a text for the length of a movie don’t go.

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  6. Shari Heiser Shari Heiser says:

    Little man with a big attitude. Pathetic.

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  7. It’s a text during a movie. It’s not like you spent the whole movie texting. Some people…

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  8. or talkinging on the phone during..bud you should have one punch k.o ed him in front of his lady show her what a lil bitch he is

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    • Talking on the phone I think is beyond rude. But a text that takes 2 seconds isn’t a big deal. Id totally get up and leave if someone called that I needed to answer

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  9. Bryan Lat Bryan Lat says:

    it is nice the guy apologized for me I would have said no issues– things come up and you need to respond but when that happens to me I try and get up and leve to respond or I try and repsond under my hirt or my coat…

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  10. Amber Morin Amber Morin says:

    You should have knocked his ass out. That would have been the best ending 🙂

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  11. Lionel Bird Lionel Bird says:

    Sounds to me like there’s a lot missing from this story. I’m guessing you were ignorant and inconsiderate.

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  12. Some people just have no class

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  13. if the lady has already accepted the apology then there’s no excuse for assholery like that. I hope she saw him mouthing off and had words. If someone has genuinely apologised there’s no need for that.

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  14. You know you can change the brightness of your screen. Thats the first thing i do before turning my phone on silent. Lesson learned.

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  15. It’s a movie guys……not a wedding, not a funeral. The ushers sometimes walk in with flashlights….and they don’t refund the whole theater for ruining the movie. I think if everyone would lighten up a little bit, we might just have a happier world to live in. If that little distraction of someone texting throws you for that big a loop what happens if someone sneezes? Lol

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    • I agree. There just has to be someone who has to create conflict no matter the situation. I think that people who get irritated that badly should stay home and wait for the DVD/blueray to come out. I’ve even heard someone complaining about somebody sneezing in a theatre. Smh!

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  16. i cant believe the replies im reading, he made a mistake, big deal, no reason to be treated like that. glad you saved your money buy not buying them a pass

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  17. Dan Paniccia Dan Paniccia says:

    You should of dropped him, seriously lol.

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  18. Renata FS Renata FS says:

    Honestly, I don’t understand how anyone could be distracted over the little light a phone gives off. Being at a movie means it’s a public place, there will be crying kids, bags opening, things falling, people laughing, phones ringing or vibrating…have tolerance otherwise stay home. It’s too hard to make the world happy but if one is tolerant than at least it makes things a little easier. Perhaps it’s because most of my day is filled with multitasking and dividing my attention amongst several people and perhaps because if my husband was texting me and I didn’t respond he’d most likely get upset with me- therefore, I understand this gentleman. Just have a little empathy. The movie is what an hour and a half long, the little light from the phone was probably a few seconds. Gosh golly. The light emitting from the exit light is probably stronger and it never shuts off!

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  19. Angie Ransom Angie Ransom says:

    To those saying turn the phone off.
    When I go to a movie my phone is on AND ringer on.
    As my son is with a sitter and d*mn straight I ain’t missing that text/call.
    To the guy that flipped. Dude it was a Text. Get over it. Or go get mad at the sneezer,cougher,laugher,kid etc in the theatre then.
    I get more annoyed by the constant cougher right in front of me(have actually had it happen) then I ever do from someone that texts silently from beside me. As my eyes are on screen,not to my neighbours phone.
    He apologized(cuz had that been me texting my babysitter you wouldn’t have even got an explaination from me nor an apology)and meant it. Shit happens. Grow up.

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    • Tara Johnson Tara Johnson says:

      Is there some reason you can’t put your phone in your pocket on vibrate? That way you wouldn’t miss an emergency call, and disturbance to others is minimized if you do get a call or text (unless every person who would potentially call/text you for whatever reason knows you are in a movie and not to call/text).

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    • Angie Ransom Angie Ransom says:

      I actually have a thing on my phone where I can lock my phone(do not disturb) except for certain numbers. I just have it programmed that babysitter rings thru yet everyone else goes to voice mail.
      I can’t have ringer off as I never feel the vibration,even if in my bra I don’t feel it most of the time :s

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    • You get annoyed by coughing? That is something that happens. You never know if that person is battling something other then a cold. COPD, cancer etc causes one to cough constant. If people have to tolerate you having your phone go off because your child is being babysat then I think others need to tolerate other people in similar situations. I for one do not agree with people having cell phones on in these situations. I have a daughter that has a medical condition and when I go out I make sure my cell is on vibrate just in case I need to leave in an emergency. Don’t let little things get to you. Sending a quick text and explaining and apologizing is more that what most people would do now a days.

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    • Angie Ransom Angie Ransom says:

      I said it’s more annoying then a text beside me.
      Do I get all mad if someone is coughing? No.
      I’m in public,it’s to be expected. Duh.
      Plus my dad has COPD. Diagnosed nearly 3yrs ago.Almost at the stage of needing oxygen attached to him 24/7. So no,coughing doesn’t annoy me. As I know first hand that sometimes medical reasons mean they can’t help it. Just like my dad if he has one of his cough fits.
      I don’t get made if kids are crying,people talking etc.
      Life’s to short to be annoyed or angry at everyone else. I worry about myself,and let everyone else worry about themselves. People texting or coughing are waaaaaaaaaaay down low on my list of things to worry about.

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    • Angie Ransom Angie Ransom says:

      And the reason I don’t turn my phone off is simple. My son is asthmatic. He can go from 100 to 0 in minutes. I miss the vibration of my phone 98% of the time. So that’s out. So ringer stays on.
      Cause last thing I want is to walk outta a show to see X amount of missed calls from an hr or so ago.
      So ya,my ringer stays on. Period.(I just set it as do not disturb and editing it allowing only the sitters number to actually ring thru. So no my phone has never yet actually rang while I’ve been in a theatre.)

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    • Kim Davis Kim Davis says:

      Angie Ransom, do not put your phone in your bra. There are very young women being diagnosed with breast cancer from doing this.You have a beautiful son who needs his Momma. 🙂

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  20. More people complaining over little things.
    If people spent less time complaining and more time enjoying life, the world would be a better place.
    He wasn’t texting whole time
    He wasn’t talking
    He wasn’t kicking the seat in front of him

    CALM THE F DOWN

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  21. Celeste Yu Celeste Yu says:

    You should’ve kick his ass! Lol

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  22. Cindy Gillis Cindy Gillis says:

    If you have the ringer on in a theater you’re just rude. Even if your child is with a babysitter your phone should be on silent or vibrate… No excuses! So what Angie Ransom , just because you’re a worry wart we should have to deal with your phone going off in a theater when we paid money to watch a movie??? I don’t think so…….. Just rude…..

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    • Cindy Gillis Cindy Gillis says:

      I would tolerate , just wouldn’t appreciate. Plus you can sporadically check your phone , have it in your pocket or on your lap face down . I am not self involved , in a movie theater they ask you to turn off your phone so it is not distracting to others. Though I wouldn’t shut my phone off , I WOULD turn it on silent and if I wanted to check it or received an emergency text/call I would rush out of the theater to check it. COMMON COURTESY .

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    • Krista Dawn Krista Dawn says:

      Yup my thoughts exactly. Put it on vibrate and hold it, simple.

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    • Cindy Gillis Cindy Gillis says:

      Exactly! I would never shut off my phone if my child was not with me but I sure as hell wouldn’t disrespect the entire theater by leaving my ringer on… No common courtesy these days I tell ya..

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    • Wow. You guys are really self involved. If you are in a public place then you deal with the public. you don’t want to be around people that don’t tip toe around you. Stay home. I personally never feel the vibrate so if I was on call for something important, damn right my ringer would be on. A brief noise in the movie isn’t going to ruin your movie experience amd waste your 20 dollars. And if so. Where do you draw the line?
      Do you think people with allergies should not go to the movie in case they’ll sneeze?
      How about a coat with a really stiff material and every time I move it makes a woosh noise. Am I allowed in the theater with you then??

      It comes down to One word. Tolerance. I suggest you guys look it up.

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  23. Kayla Jenny Kayla Jenny says:

    I always feel bad when I’m in a movie and have to go to the bathroom especially during 2 hour plus movies and people are always so rude.. can’t help it got to go when you got to and same applies to text messaging

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  24. Amanda Kerr Amanda Kerr says:

    If it was a quick reply then who cares? It’s the morons who are using phones throughout the whole movie/concert that suck. The woman’s bf sounds like a piece of crap.

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  25. You sound like a really nice person. It wouldn’t have bothered me at all if you sent a quick text. If you had been talking on the phone it might have been different. I wish these big mouth aggressive people would learn to calm down, bet the guy also drove a really big truck.

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  26. Oh come on. Anyone who says a slight brightness in the corner of your view for a few seconds ruined the movie for then is a freaking drama queen. …
    I. Hale engr someone to try and call me.out on something like that. If dude was on his phone the whole time. Or talking on his phone or have a text tone go off every 5 minutes. Then yeah. Say something. But for that?? I’m with you OP. Tell that asshole where to go. Amd if he doesn’t back off. Punch in the throat! Lol

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  27. Shauna Snow Shauna Snow says:

    Maybe some of you should learn how to read. He said that IT WAS on VIBRATE.

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  28. Am I the only one who loses all sympathy for the poster after reading the last paragraph? If you wrote this out after having time to cool down makes me wonder how polite you actually were

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  29. Melissa Mc Melissa Mc says:

    Its only a big deal if a person is consistently texting..otherwise if someone wants complete peace then dont go to a public place…wait til it comes out on video and watch it in ur own damn living room lol

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  30. If I’m at a movie and a txt might be from whomever is watching my kids, absolutely I’ll txt back…I turn down my screen brightness as low as I possibly can though…

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  31. It never ceases to amaze me the small things that cause such an uproar. Maybe take a look around & see people with real problems.

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  32. That is a shame that happened to you. People can be very rude and sadly “class-less”.

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  33. You’re a bigger man than me. I probably woulda dropped him.

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  34. If you’re at a movie, and you need to answer a text, it’s simple people…. Step outside the theatre to answer your text!!!!

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  35. Wow! What a prick! Especially since your apology was already accepted by his other half. Really…a text is going to ruin the movie for them. And why should you leave to text, then you have to excuse yourself and walk in front of several people in your row.
    People are way too sensitive.

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  36. I think if you have to answer that call it would have been polite to have left the theatre and gone to the lobby to respond.
    Emergencies happen it’s a part of life.

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  37. At least you had the courtesy to apologize for the txt. Some people don’t. This guy should’ve just relaxed and handled it way differently.

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  38. I would’ve offered my phone to call his wife after the movie was over. Wow some ppl

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  39. what about people asking you to stand up so they can go to the bathroon, isnt that more distruptive

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  40. Alan Flack Alan Flack says:

    Should’ve clocked the loser

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  41. Jaqui Carver Jaqui Carver says:

    At least the poster didn’t call his wife and talk through the movie, a simple text or two is not going to ruin the movie. If it bothers you, don’t watch the person texting, just watch the damn movie… Problem solved lol

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  42. Two discreet, quick texts didn’t ruin the movie for anyone. Some people just need to be miserable.
    I think that was so nice that you were thinking of buying them movie passes.
    What more could you do? I think he over-reacted.
    No law against treating others with kindness, try it rude theatre guy you might just like it.

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  43. He should watch movies at home. Being in public seems to annoy him. It’s not like you sat on your phone through out.

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  44. Aimee Adams Aimee Adams says:

    Takes 30 seconds to walk outside the theatre doors.
    If it’s that important.. If you can’t ignore it… If it deserves 100% of your attention then you should get up and walk out.
    No one cares if you need to glance at your phone.. But if you’re going to type away on it then respect the people around you and don’t interrupt their evening.
    I’ve been in this situation and almost ended up in a fist fight because the woman sitting in front of me spent 15 mins back and forth texting before I tapped her chair and gave her “the look”
    Then she proceeded to get uppity with me after the movie because she was texting her babysitter and how dare I knock the back of her chair..
    Get up and go text in the hallway. You don’t even have to leave the theatre. Just go lean against the wall and finish your conversation.

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  45. my neighbour is like that …. it is a sydrome … actually…. he has no friends…. But back to your phone…. If it doesn’t ring… do biggy…. safety first….

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