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(Gothamist)   Woman at play won't turn off cell phone, so a fellow theater-goer grabs it and throws it out the door   (gothamist.com) divider line 458
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2013-05-16 01:49:33 PM
Fark: woman who wouldn't turn off phone was on-call surgeon, missed critical call, 3 yo. Boy died as a result, prosecutor looking into charging phone smasher for death.
 
2013-05-16 01:49:42 PM

Marcus Aurelius: The last movie I went to the people in front of me could NOT stop playing games on their smartphones. That doesn't bother me, but why in God's name would you pay to see a movie and then play with your phone the whole time?


Someone that didn't want to be there.  I only take my kids to the cheap $2 movies because the last time we went to a real movie it cost me like $50 for just tickets, then I got reamed on popcorn, pepsi, and candy.
 
2013-05-16 01:50:12 PM
OR you could act like a reasonable human being and tell her to knock it off. If she wont then go tell management you want your freaking money back.

This is the equivalent of "you parked to close to my car so i'm  going to key you paint job."

People dont stop being dickbags because you were a huge dickbag back to them.

meanmutton: Of course, she was the one who resorted to violence.


She was being rude yes. But if someone wrecked my property because they thought i was rude you better bet your ass i would take a swing at their head. If you want a civil society act like a civilized person. Even in the face of indignity.
 
2013-05-16 01:51:24 PM

Bschott007: I happen to have purchased one of the portable jammers online a few months ago.


So where did you get it, and what model. I'm asking for...uh, a friend.
 
2013-05-16 01:52:56 PM
I love how he drops the random historical literary reference at the end like he's some intellectual big shot during his chest-puffing story about how he stole and then destroyed somebody else's property because he can't control his temper....

That said, it really is infuriating when some biatch-ass little pansy manager wants to set a tough tone on distracting assholes like that but then won't actually do anything when they ignore him. Should have confronted the management, though, not the dumb biatch with the phone.

Either that or just "accidentally" spill something on her to chase her out of the room.

/ if it even really happened, anyway
// if an National Review writer told me the sun was out I'd stare at it until I went blind just to be sure
/// then I'd get a second opinion
 
2013-05-16 01:53:47 PM
It was IMPORTANT...had to check on the kids

"is everything OK?"
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com

"Sure Dad"
i2.cdn.turner.com
 
2013-05-16 01:54:22 PM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: In before some self-important asshole shows up to explain why it's soooooo vitally important for physicians to have cell phones with them all the time in case there's an emergency, because apparently prior to the invention of the cell phone there was no way to get messages to people when they didn't carry their own phones and people were just keeling over dead left and right because of it.


Old movies and TV shows would have us believe that it was not uncommon for surgeons to "leave word" with someone or other as to their planned whereabouts for the evening, and an usher or waiter or art gallery guard would discretely inform that there was a call for them from the hospital.
 
2013-05-16 01:54:42 PM

mikefinch: . But if someone wrecked my property because they thought i was rude you better bet your ass i would take a swing at their head.


that is to say that they have already proven themselves to be violent so if i couldn't call the cops asap then yeah things would get ugly.
 
2013-05-16 01:55:07 PM
I'm okay with this.
 
2013-05-16 01:55:22 PM
is this the same woman from the story:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L3eeC2lJZs
NSFW language.
 
2013-05-16 01:55:27 PM

scottydoesntknow: liam76: scottydoesntknow: If the biatch wants to file charges, she knows exactly where to find him.

Not going to happen.  throwing thephone isn't as bad as hitting him.

Ha! I missed that part, good point.


Technically, he committed an assault and battery first.
 
2013-05-16 01:55:49 PM

TheYeti: I hope that she does press charges so that she can be publicly shamed.


Even better karmic retribution would be her phone then going off in court and then getting additional contempt of court charge.
 
2013-05-16 01:56:11 PM

Bschott007: I happen to have purchased one of the portable jammers online a few months ago.

CSB:

When Iron Man 3 premiered, it was a packed house.  Got there an hour early just to make sure I got a good seat and the theater filled up real fast 10 minutes later.  Looking around, I see at least half of the people in the theater were using their smartphones.  A majority of those folks turn their brightness levels of their screens down which was a welcome relief....except this overweight lady sitting in the row in front of me and just two seats to the left.  Her screen brightness is up on full and she is texting away..with the sound volume maxed.

So the pre-movie Marcus theater intro pops up and everyone puts away their phones, except this woman who puts down her phone but then picks it up to text right up to the start of the movie.

About 10 minutes in, she starts to text away again.  Her husband doesn't say anything, he just puts up his right hand to shield his eyes from the light.  I'm sick of it so I reach into my coat pocket (it was 40 degrees outside in my neck of the woods) and turn on my jammer.

Oh it was so nice to see this lady slapping her phone in frustration (as if that would help) as her signal was lost.  She finally got out of her seat and walked (waddled?) out of the theater never to return back to the movie.  I left the jammer on until the final scene played after the credits then turned it off and left.

I guess she figured that the theater was at fault as she was yelling at the movie theater manager (I assume it was the manager as he was wearing a business suit with a theater name badge pinned to his jacket.  All the other employees were in white shirts, black pants, and black ties).

First time I every used my jammer in public and I certainly will use it when I go to Fast 6 and Star Trek this weekend.

/csb


Cell Phone Jamming is illegal.

That said, where on earth did you find one that fits in your pocket?
 
2013-05-16 01:56:19 PM

Fubini: No, those regulations are designed so that everyone (the general public) is able to share in a public resource (the RF spectrum) that is accessible to only one person at a time.


Actually, the RF spectrum is more like a navigable waterway: Usable by many people, so long as everyone follows the rules and is considerate of others.
 
2013-05-16 01:56:33 PM

Big Man On Campus: Instead of throwing the phone, just dump it into a nearby alcoholic drink next time. Alcohol+Sugars/Salts+Water in an operating phone isn't good at all. There's less violence in this method, and the point gets made just as thoroughly.


While ruining a perfectly good drink.  You have not thought your cunning plan through.
 
2013-05-16 01:56:44 PM

palelizard: He should pay for her phone.  It was not his to take, damage or destroy.

She and her table should pay for everyone else's ticket.


This person, if his account is to be believed, is completely self-absorbed and could give two sh*ts about the rest of the world.

He should have made sure they never found her body.
 
2013-05-16 01:57:51 PM

palelizard: Big Man On Campus: Instead of throwing the phone, just dump it into a nearby alcoholic drink next time. Alcohol+Sugars/Salts+Water in an operating phone isn't good at all. There's less violence in this method, and the point gets made just as thoroughly.

While ruining a perfectly good drink.  You have not thought your cunning plan through.


Choice between ordering a new drink or getting thrown out, and it doesn't have to be your drink. If she's got one, that's ideal.
 
2013-05-16 01:58:07 PM

Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

/cell phone jammers are about $40 online
//worth every penny


Just remember that there is a $10,000 fine if they catch you.
 
2013-05-16 01:59:06 PM

Marcus Aurelius: sigdiamond2000: This is the first time in the history of the universe that the Hero tag is appropriate for an NRO writer.

Good catch.  It's nice to know that even clinically insane people can act rationally every now and then.


Citation, please (details, no glittering generalities).
 
2013-05-16 02:00:28 PM

Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

/cell phone jammers are about $40 online
//worth every penny


They are also terribly illegal.  So you know... have fun with the FCC.
 
2013-05-16 02:01:02 PM

Z1P2: Fark: woman who wouldn't turn off phone was on-call surgeon, missed critical call, 3 yo. Boy died as a result, prosecutor looking into charging phone smasher for death.


Woman who wouldn't turn off phone was only one with the codes for nuclear defense system, missed critical call, North Korea annihilates West Coast without reprisal, invades, wins; country now known as United States of Best Korea.

/Oh, I thought we were playing "least probable hypothetical". My bad.
 
2013-05-16 02:01:45 PM

Mayostard: Glad to know that it's perfectly acceptable to maliciously destroy someone's property, then blog about it like you're some hero.  biatch might have been annoying, but this guy comes off as a dick.


Dude, you're a TF'er, how do you not know behavior that would be considered appropriate to Fark?
 
2013-05-16 02:02:36 PM

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

/cell phone jammers are about $40 online
//worth every penny

Just remember that there is a $10,000 fine if they catch you.


What are they going to do call the cops?

/how? ;)
 
2013-05-16 02:02:49 PM

The_Original_Roxtar: is this the same woman from the story:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L3eeC2lJZs
NSFW language.


Okay, I lost it at MAGNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
 
2013-05-16 02:04:04 PM

Boeheimian Rhapsody: Pugdaddyk: MayoSlather: Rik01: There are powerful jammers available for commercial use by stores, but few actually use them, apparently afraid they might lease loose  lose business.

FTFY

/Pet Peeve

FTFM...also a Pet Peeve Peave

FTFY


haha...that's the joke. I thought mayo would jump on it.
 
2013-05-16 02:04:23 PM

voran: Dude, you're a TF'er


Being a TF'er is just proof that I occasionally make poor decisions with my money.
 
2013-05-16 02:05:12 PM
It's a shame cell phone jammers are illegal.
 
2013-05-16 02:05:46 PM

Cold_Sassy: Ha-ha, that's a good one; however, it appears to be far less satire than you would ordinarily expect from the Onion, sadly.


Yeah, I'm usually not recalling the article in a 'ha-ha' sort of way. More of a 'these people can't be fixed, and now I need a drink' sort of way.
 
2013-05-16 02:08:14 PM

Kahabut: Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

/cell phone jammers are about $40 online
//worth every penny

They are also terribly illegal.  So you know... have fun with the FCC.


They have to catch you first, don't they.  I'd be curious to know if anyone has ever been busted with one.
 
2013-05-16 02:08:53 PM
Criminals like this are heroes now?

Maybe the Aurora movie theater shooter was just blowing away some cell phones. He's a hero too then.
 
2013-05-16 02:08:56 PM

TNel: who really cares if someone is playing with their phone.


Apparently, lots of people. If it doesn't bother you, I suggest you find "Stupid farking Dickhead Who Needs to Have His Phone Crammed Up His Stupid farking Ass So Far That It Comes Out His Mouth Theater". Until you find such a place, it's against the rules because it bothers people, so don't farking complain if someone decides to rectally insert and orally extract your phone if you decide to use it.
 
2013-05-16 02:09:22 PM

kronicfeld: Good lick with the inevitable assault charges.


disorderly conduct

misdemeanor, fine, restitution

next!
 
2013-05-16 02:09:48 PM

The Irresponsible Captain: It's a shame cell phone jammers are illegal.


I doubt the police much care, and unless someone is really abusing their jammer, I very much doubt the FCC is going to be called in for the once-in-a-blue-moon jamming that takes place for 1-2 hours at a movie theater in a small city in the mid-west.
 
2013-05-16 02:10:36 PM

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: Marcus Aurelius: sigdiamond2000: This is the first time in the history of the universe that the Hero tag is appropriate for an NRO writer.

Good catch.  It's nice to know that even clinically insane people can act rationally every now and then.

Citation, please (details, no glittering generalities).


I have yet to see anything come out of the National Review that wasn't at least slightly delusional.  I am afraid I smeared this person with a broad brush.  But then again he did hurl the lady's cell phone across the room, so....
 
2013-05-16 02:11:46 PM
I guess getting the manager to make her shut off her phone would be too much?
 
2013-05-16 02:12:48 PM
Buy that manas beer.  I was at a restaurant once where one patron annoyed one and all buy speaking LOUDLY on his phone all evening. When he left he forgot his cell phone and the waiter dropped it in a pitcher of water. I left him a $20
 
2013-05-16 02:12:53 PM
Ah, yes. The old "someone was rude, therefore I feel justified in committing theft and destruction of property."

And then be called "hero" for having committed the crimes.
 
2013-05-16 02:13:37 PM

cookiefleck: I guess getting the manager to make her shut off her phone would be too much?


They tried that. The manager chose not to do their job.
 
2013-05-16 02:14:03 PM
I know if I were a teacher / professor I'd carry one of those damn jammers in class every day.  When the hell did kids get so rude?  I can generally manage to not fark around during class, but these youngsters all around me are just texting away the entire class.  I'm wondering why they even bother coming.
 
2013-05-16 02:14:41 PM

kronicfeld: Good lick with the inevitable assault charges.


Really? She slapped him. I am not sure how things work out considering he only tossed her stupid iDevice and then she struck him.
 
2013-05-16 02:14:50 PM

Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

/cell phone jammers are about $40 online
//worth every penny


Pretty sure using it in the way you imply here is a felony. Probably not likely to get caught though.
 
2013-05-16 02:14:52 PM

BigNumber12: Cold_Sassy: Ha-ha, that's a good one; however, it appears to be far less satire than you would ordinarily expect from the Onion, sadly.

Yeah, I'm usually not recalling the article in a 'ha-ha' sort of way. More of a 'these people can't be fixed, and now I need a drink' sort of way.


Well, that' what I meant, too.  Not satire -- the sad truth.  Then I think "Well, Fark 'em" and have a drink anyway.
 
2013-05-16 02:14:57 PM

Odd Bird: Endorsed vigilantism would lead to a breakdown of the fabric of society.
But a few incidents like this where the "hero" gets a pat on the back and all attempts at recourse by the "victim" are twarted would strengthen the fabric.

/stupid coont.


I'm 63. I've noticed, over the years, that one huge problem we have as a society, a problem that is leading to the gradual decline of society - is an increasing unwillingness of people to "call" other people on offensive behavior. A certain amount of this is due to fear of immediate or delayed reprisal by the offending party or the offending party's friends.

Lines, for example. Does anyone other than me honor that concept anymore? Even though we are no longer homeless, things are still tight and we get food at a couple of local churches, and from the city. Invariably there are an increasingly large number of people who think nothing of arriving at the last minute and barging into line near or at the front. Both the people running the event and the people already in line often seem to have a reticence for complaining about this. I'm pretty sure of the reason, but I'd like to hear some other opinions, first.
 
2013-05-16 02:14:57 PM

Marcus Aurelius: Just Another OC Homeless Guy: Marcus Aurelius: sigdiamond2000: This is the first time in the history of the universe that the Hero tag is appropriate for an NRO writer.

Good catch.  It's nice to know that even clinically insane people can act rationally every now and then.

Citation, please (details, no glittering generalities).

I have yet to see anything come out of the National Review that wasn't at least slightly delusional.  I am afraid I smeared this person with a broad brush.  But then again he did hurl the lady's cell phone across the room, so....


Worse than that, by his own admission, he throws like a girl.
 
2013-05-16 02:15:08 PM

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

/cell phone jammers are about $40 online
//worth every penny

Just remember that there is a $10,000 fine if they catch you.


It looks like the FCC has been busy with enforcement on fixed locations.  I don't see any pocket jammer enforcement yet, but being so intermittent,  that has to be very hard to spot.
 
2013-05-16 02:15:31 PM
If the woman does file charges, can't he file assault charges against her for slapping  him?
 
2013-05-16 02:17:00 PM

DubyaHater: Could someone specify the race and gender of the cellphone user?  I have an idea, but I'd like confirmation


The Tsarnaev brothers played the race card.
 
2013-05-16 02:17:16 PM

DubyaHater: Could someone specify the race and gender of the cellphone user?  I have an idea, but I'd like confirmation


dinner theater at the high line in the west village NYC?  probably not who you think
 
2013-05-16 02:17:22 PM

Marcus Aurelius: They have to catch you first, don't they. I'd be curious to know if anyone has ever been busted with one.


Cell companies get involved with tracking illegal jammers too, not just the FCC. Your problem will come when people start complaining that their phones aren't working to Verizon or Sprint or whoever and they start putting two and two together and find out someone is walking around with a jamming device. From that point agents will start moving around with a detector and if you keep using it getting caught is a matter of when rather than if.

That said, unless you're using it a lot occasional drops would probably be written off as oddities.

You also have to bear in mind that as a jammer user you are, in fact, an even bigger dickhead than the person being jammed. The odds you're going to block legitimate traffic in non-restricted areas is very high. Not exactly on the side of the good and righteous if you're blocking one stupid kid from texting in a movie while you're also blocking 20 perfectly normal people from making legitimate, non-interrupting calls the offices two rooms over.
 
2013-05-16 02:17:24 PM

liam76: scottydoesntknow: If the biatch wants to file charges, she knows exactly where to find him.

Not going to happen.  throwing thephone isn't as bad as hitting him.


No, self defense isn't illegal. Assault, intimidation, theft of property, etc are. All of which the guy is guilty of.
 
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