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2013-05-16 02:59:17 PM

Bschott007: I'll take a theatre full of folks like Marcus over a theater full of people using their smartphones during the movie.


That's not really my point. It's the equivalent of the shiatheels on the road who think it's their job to enforce the traffic laws, it's just less dangerous.

He's basically that asshole that drops into the left lane and slows down to the speed limit to block everyone up because "that's the speed limit and everyone should follow it anyway".

It's not your place to make those rules nor to enforce them and when you take that path you don't really make anything better, you just double the number of assholes in the room who think they can do whatever they want.

It would be a lot better if instead of just being passive pussy about it if people would confront management in places where cell phones are supposedly forbidden and demand that they actually enforce their rules. If enough people do it then the problem is resolved. If not, well, then it must not really be a problem because apparently not many people actually care about it. Just don't frequent the joint then.

What's not appropriate, however, is deciding you're the arbiter of right and wrong in that situation when you have no business appointing yourself to any such position.
 
2013-05-16 03:00:07 PM

the money is in the banana stand: It is pretty hard to NOT look when you are in a dim theater


Just like it is hard not to rape girls when they wear those little outfits, right?
 
2013-05-16 03:01:00 PM

squibbits: He should have taken the phone and stuffed it down his buttcrack, then handed it back to her... the "stinky phone"


I, for one, really am turned on to this idea.
 
2013-05-16 03:01:06 PM

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

I will f*cking personally create Wanted posters and post them everywhere in NYC that has a theater.


Stalking, harassment and defacing of property. Go for it.
 
2013-05-16 03:02:46 PM

Bschott007: I had to laugh at that. Actually it's a stock Chevy Equinox. Nice try though.


Glad you liked it.  No offense, by the way...just never saw the appeal of the series.  Of course, I was driving before most of the cast was born, so, take it for what it's worth.

Lawn, off, etc.
 
2013-05-16 03:02:50 PM

kiwimoogle84: 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

I saw IM3 last weekend- right as the movie started, a burly (sounding) dude from the back of the theater shouts, "If I see one cell phone li ...


I have children. My phone is on silent. I choose to be available to my sitters.

Ya'll can ______ my ______ as long as I aint texting/browsing at all or answering calls IN the theatre itself.
 
2013-05-16 03:02:52 PM

Bullseyed: the money is in the banana stand: It is pretty hard to NOT look when you are in a dim theater

Just like it is hard not to rape girls when they wear those little outfits, right?


You are either a terrible troll or a moron, I haven't decided which yet.
 
2013-05-16 03:03:24 PM
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2013-05-16 03:04:27 PM

JK47: Cold_Sassy: kronicfeld: Good lick with the inevitable assault charges.

Hey, SHE slapped him, so if anybody gets charged it should be her.


The theater comes very close to false imprisonment according to his version of the story.


Nope. Citizens arrest.
 
2013-05-16 03:06:56 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: I have children. My phone is on silent. I choose to be available to my sitters.

Ya'll can ______ my ______ as long as I aint texting/browsing at all or answering calls IN the theatre itself.


Not a damn thing wrong with that, they invented vibrate on cell phone for a reason.
 
2013-05-16 03:09:22 PM
I was in a packed movie once on opening night and the guy next to me gets a call in the middle of the movie. This person did have his phone on vibrate, but he answered the call with a "Yo girl whats up." And then proceeded to talk with her. I could tell be the nature of the conversation that this was not an emergency situation so I leaned over and said "Your conversation during the movie is upsetting those around you could you please call her back later or leave the movie?" his reply was consistent with his intelligence and respect for others "Fark you mother Farker!" So I grabbed the phone out of his hand and dumped it into his fountain drink that was conveniently not covered by a lid, because he had removed the lid to pour cheap vodka in it. All those around me started clapping and thanking me which must have angered him even more, because he took a swing at me which I easily dodged. I grabbed his arm forced it behind and up his back walked him down the row and into the wall then down and out the emergency exit. When I turned around I think everyone was clapping and cheering. The theater was even nice enough to rewind the film to before his call. When the movie was over a group of people walked me to my car which was nice even though I was carrying a concealed weapon. He was waiting for me outside, but seeing all the people around me he turned around and walked away.

and you carry a concealed weapon and he carries one and shots are fired over this incident. why do people who carry a concealed weapon consider themselves to be billy badass. you aren't. you are a punk with a few hundred dollars who bought a permit so you hope you can be the bully. the haha i got a gun and the guy i think is bad is going to get it but not innocent bystanders reasoning. almost any situation where a private citizen says i must carry a gun can easily be flagged as bullshiate in the first world. you are joe blow going to the movies and think you need a gun-society is weakened by people like you.
 
2013-05-16 03:09:36 PM

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

Ah ah ahhh. (wags finger) I requested no glittering generalities. You are simply restating what you originally said.

Can you do a bit better, please?

Specific examples of diagnosed clinical insanity amongst the NRO staff.

Thanks so much.

As you well know, that would be a severe violation of the HIPPA statutes.  I'm not going to break Federal laws just for your gratification.

/switches on cell phone jammer


Nice evasion. +10
 
2013-05-16 03:09:52 PM
Worth noting too that while the woman may have disrupted the play for this one ADHD jackoff, he proceeded to disrupt the play for EVERY SINGLE OTHER PERSON IN THE THEATER.

That's like trying to save the rainforest by running bulldozers through it.
 
2013-05-16 03:11:04 PM

mjones73: Jim from Saint Paul: I have children. My phone is on silent. I choose to be available to my sitters.

Ya'll can ______ my ______ as long as I aint texting/browsing at all or answering calls IN the theatre itself.

Not a damn thing wrong with that, they invented vibrate on cell phone for a reason.


The issue is the 'light' from the phone in a dark theater...its obvious even if you aren't looking in the general direction..it's distracting.

They should come up with an 'inverse' mode for text in a theater...black background, white text. That would solve most of the issues with phones in movies.
 
2013-05-16 03:12:47 PM

Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

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


Can you (or other farkers) please post a good link for those devices? I had a portable one several years ago (bought it from England) but it had a small effective radius.I'm sure they're more effective now plus the cost is sure to have come down.

/thanks
 
2013-05-16 03:15:47 PM

shroom: 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.

Check it in the lobby with the house manager and give them your seat number.

/theatre person


Yep. Most any manager worth a damn would be fine with that.

It's like being polite and thinking ahead are farking superpowers anymore.
 
2013-05-16 03:16:13 PM

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

I will f*cking personally create Wanted posters and post them everywhere in NYC that has a theater.

Stalking, harassment and defacing of property. Go for it.


Wow, the Internet Lawyers are out in full force today!  I think there's a typo in the last 4 letters of your Fark handle.

Stalking?  Nope.
Harassment?  Borderline at best.
Defacing property?  Apparently you've never had a garage sale.  Taping up a poster on a lamp post != spray painting your gang signs on a bus.

Really, we're all generalizing way too much.

Buddy is probably guilty of destruction of property and the lowest category fo assault.  And, unless she can prove she had a reasonable fear of imminent physical harm, she's proabably guilty of a simple assault, too.  ("Pissed off and had my shiat broken" isn't a defense for hitting someone.)  But this is such a minor event that charges would be unlikely in the first place.  It's the kind of situation where the cops (or ADA) would say "Look, buddy, cut her a cheque for the phone and this all goes away."

My closest theatre is one of the fancy new ones wiht the reclining, cushy seats, the upgraded sound, the nice food, even a licensed lounge.  Know what else it has?  Someone quietly checking the room once every so often for noisy chatterboxes or dickheads with cell phones/video cameras.  It's not actually all that distracting, and way better than putting up with douchebags for 2 or 3 hours.
 
2013-05-16 03:17:27 PM

JC22: mjones73: Jim from Saint Paul: I have children. My phone is on silent. I choose to be available to my sitters.

Ya'll can ______ my ______ as long as I aint texting/browsing at all or answering calls IN the theatre itself.

Not a damn thing wrong with that, they invented vibrate on cell phone for a reason.

The issue is the 'light' from the phone in a dark theater...its obvious even if you aren't looking in the general direction..it's distracting.

They should come up with an 'inverse' mode for text in a theater...black background, white text. That would solve most of the issues with phones in movies.


Listen, I'm not saying people should be able to text/browse or take calls during the movie. That being said, if I am getting a call, I need to see who it is and you can get it over it for 5 seconds while I look and see if it requires my attention.

I mean, I paid WAY too much for this ticket and WAY too much for this popcor/pop for me to be an asshole and talk/text/brows during this movie. So I am not supporting that at all. I just know people go buck wild lately about phones AT ALL.

Like you jammer assholes. Fark you. For all you know, my kid fell and broke a bone and my babysitter is calling me trying to let me know. I am not saying you can;t get enjoyment over making the assholes with phones unhappy, I am just saying you aren;t affecting just them. Your farkin with everybody and I personally don;t appreciate it.
 
2013-05-16 03:21:01 PM

shroom: Check it in the lobby with the house manager and give them your seat number.

/theatre person


THIS, so much!

Checking one's phone with the house manager is not only safe as houses, but in the event that you ARE called away from your seat for a legit emergency, but in these times when so few physicians and similar must-be-reachable folks don't know to do that and instead disrupt the play, most house managers will comp you and whomever you were with a ticket for a subsequent performance if you have to leave.

My family doctor always got to see every show in town at least once and occasionally one-and-a-half times based on this system. Not only was it easier to get ahold of her and much less likely to annoy other patrons, but on the two occasions when there was a medical emergency backstage, the house manager was able to get to a doctor immediately and in one case, an actor's life was saved. So after that, Doc always had a free subscription for that company's whole season and was frequently allowed to watch dress rehearsals.

If you're a person who must be reachable and love the theater, checking your phone with the house manager is the way to go.
 
2013-05-16 03:21:53 PM
Oh and another great example of Fark:

Break down a door freeing three women from a rape house = 1 of every 10 people posting say "Not hero".

Throw another person's cell phone away because it's annoying people: 1 of every 10 people posting saying "not hero".

So this tells me you are a hero for saving women from rape house's AND for throwing around some annoying person's phone. Good to know we have a broad usage for that word around here.
 
2013-05-16 03:21:56 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.


This. Destroying somebody's personal property is not the answer.

The correct answer is to alert the theater owner, and make it clear that if they don't take action to enforce their policy, they will lose your repeat business and your word-of-mouth promotion.
 
2013-05-16 03:23:22 PM
Only white people can get away with shiat like this.
 
2013-05-16 03:23:47 PM

Gonz: 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.

I believe the point the blogger is making can be described, in the modern vernacular, as "come at me, bro".

If she sues, ask for a jury. Problem solved.


Yup, because everyone has had THAT experience with someone somewhere who just couldn't SHUT THE F*CK UP on their cellphone.
He'd never be convicted. Ever.
 
2013-05-16 03:24:09 PM

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

News flash: tearing an object out of another person's hand and throwing it across the room qualifies as "violence." It may also qualify as battery/assault, robbery, larceny, and malicious destruction of personal property. And having just been assaulted/battered, I suspect she's going to have at least one defense available to her for her slap, which is more than he will have.


Dickhead moviegoer who talks on his cellphone during the movie identified.
 
2013-05-16 03:24:19 PM

Profedius: I was in a packed movie once on opening night and the guy next to me gets a call in the middle of the movie. This person did have his phone on vibrate, but he answered the call with a "Yo girl whats up." And then proceeded to talk with her. I could tell be the nature of the conversation that this was not an emergency situation so I leaned over and said "Your conversation during the movie is upsetting those around you could you please call her back later or leave the movie?" his reply was consistent with his intelligence and respect for others "Fark you mother Farker!" So I grabbed the phone out of his hand and dumped it into his fountain drink that was conveniently not covered by a lid, because he had removed the lid to pour cheap vodka in it. All those around me started clapping and thanking me which must have angered him even more, because he took a swing at me which I easily dodged. I grabbed his arm forced it behind and up his back walked him down the row and into the wall then down and out the emergency exit. When I turned around I think everyone was clapping and cheering. The theater was even nice enough to rewind the film to before his call. When the movie was over a group of people walked me to my car which was nice even though I was carrying a concealed weapon. He was waiting for me outside, but seeing all the people around me he turned around and walked away.


And then you woke up, and you were still in mommy's basement, and your boner went away.
 
2013-05-16 03:25:09 PM

starlost: I was in a packed movie once on opening night and the guy next to me gets a call in the middle of the movie. This person did have his phone on vibrate, but he answered the call with a "Yo girl whats up." And then proceeded to talk with her. I could tell be the nature of the conversation that this was not an emergency situation so I leaned over and said "Your conversation during the movie is upsetting those around you could you please call her back later or leave the movie?" his reply was consistent with his intelligence and respect for others "Fark you mother Farker!" So I grabbed the phone out of his hand and dumped it into his fountain drink that was conveniently not covered by a lid, because he had removed the lid to pour cheap vodka in it. All those around me started clapping and thanking me which must have angered him even more, because he took a swing at me which I easily dodged. I grabbed his arm forced it behind and up his back walked him down the row and into the wall then down and out the emergency exit. When I turned around I think everyone was clapping and cheering. The theater was even nice enough to rewind the film to before his call. When the movie was over a group of people walked me to my car which was nice even though I was carrying a concealed weapon. He was waiting for me outside, but seeing all the people around me he turned around and walked away.

and you carry a concealed weapon and he carries one and shots are fired over this incident. why do people who carry a concealed weapon consider themselves to be billy badass. you aren't. you are a punk with a few hundred dollars who bought a permit so you hope you can be the bully. the haha i got a gun and the guy i think is bad is going to get it but not innocent bystanders reasoning. almost any situation where a private citizen says i must carry a gun can easily be flagged as bullshiate in the first world. you are joe blow going to the movies and think you need a gun-society is weakened by people l ...


Just as it affords ghetto thug x to act the way he wants, it allows the concealed carrier the ability to not live in fear. In an ideal world, a higher authority would deal with ghetto thug x, however since everyone is so farking afraid of being sued or injured, these scumbags get by with doing whatever they want without fear of repercussion and at everyone else's expense. A responsible gun owner does not use their gun for intimidation but as a means of defense for themselves and others.
 
2013-05-16 03:25:22 PM
If you don't realize that it is only the mundane, bullshiat annoyances in life that authorize bystanders to random acts of cartoon-like violence...you're probably one of those people filling up the world with mundane, bullshiat annoyances.
 
2013-05-16 03:26:14 PM

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: 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.


It's not just a fear of reprisal, there's also the possibility of a general scene being created and the whole thing being overblown.  Rather than exercising a reasonable level of courtesy, the culprit chooses to make it a grandstand moment.

I usually don't call people out on their actions because of this concern, and because I don't want to become of those self-appointed police/control dicks. But from time to time I do and usually get good results when it's done somewhat courteous manner with very tempered amount of tough-guy machismo.  (daughter's graduation, outdoor concert)

Even at 48 years of age, I think this entitles me to some leniency about your lawn.  You get the lemonade, I'll bring the whiskey.  The women folk don't need to know what we're drinking.

/not a tough guy, not a doormat
 
2013-05-16 03:27:22 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: I have children. My phone is on silent. I choose to be available to my sitters.


You also "chose" to have the children in the first place.  That means you should be given 3 options:

1. Stay home.
2. Put the phone away and get a sitter you trust enough to handle problems for a few hours wihtout your input.
3. Use your phone for any reason while sitting in the theatre and get instantly ejected.

Looking at your phone even ONCE during a movie or perfromance is once too often.  Grownups should be able to plan and prepare beter than that.
 
2013-05-16 03:27:26 PM

gweilo8888: 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.

This. Destroying somebody's personal property is not the answer.

The correct answer is to alert the theater owner, and make it clear that if they don't take action to enforce their policy, they will lose your repeat business and your word-of-mouth promotion.


If they take action against the girl and removed her from the premises, they lose her repeat business, word of mouth promotion, AND run the risk of a lawsuit - or - make an even bigger deal of it all ruining the night for everyone.
 
2013-05-16 03:30:25 PM

the money is in the banana stand: gweilo8888: 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.

This. Destroying somebody's personal property is not the answer.

The correct answer is to alert the theater owner, and make it clear that if they don't take action to enforce their policy, they will lose your repeat business and your word-of-mouth promotion.

If they take action against the girl and removed her from the premises, they lose her repeat business, word of mouth promotion, AND run the risk of a lawsuit - or - make an even bigger deal of it all ruining the night for everyone.


Bullshiat. If they take action against the girl, they lose the repeat business and word-of-mouth promotion of one person whose friends likely either know she's a douche, or practice the same poor behavior themselves. If they don't throw her out (after giving her a verbal warning, of course), they lose the repeat business and word-of-mouth promotion of everybody else in the theater.

Not to mention that there is zero risk of a lawsuit. All they have to do is a) give her a verbal warning, and b) refund her ticket price when they throw her out.
 
2013-05-16 03:31:03 PM

Torchsong: shroom: 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.

Check it in the lobby with the house manager and give them your seat number.

/theatre person

Wife and I went to a symphony performance where you were required to check your cell phone before admittance. No checky, no admitty. Wife was a bit put out by it, but I kind of liked the idea.


and what happens if you didn't bring your (or don't own) a cell phone .. they won't let you in ?
 
2013-05-16 03:31:51 PM
What a woman at play might look like:

i2.cdn.turner.com

/HOT
 
2013-05-16 03:32:16 PM

Highroller48: Jim from Saint Paul: I have children. My phone is on silent. I choose to be available to my sitters.

You also "chose" to have the children in the first place.  That means you should be given 3 options:

1. Stay home.
2. Put the phone away and get a sitter you trust enough to handle problems for a few hours wihtout your input.
3. Use your phone for any reason while sitting in the theatre and get instantly ejected.

Looking at your phone even ONCE during a movie or perfromance is once too often.  Grownups should be able to plan and prepare beter than that.


See what I mean? How do you make a point that "I am just trying to be available for emergencies and I won;t even be taking the call itself in the theatre" against someone with that logic?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
2013-05-16 03:35:20 PM

the money is in the banana stand: gweilo8888: 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.

This. Destroying somebody's personal property is not the answer.

The correct answer is to alert the theater owner, and make it clear that if they don't take action to enforce their policy, they will lose your repeat business and your word-of-mouth promotion.

If they take action against the girl and removed her from the premises, they lose her repeat business, word of mouth promotion, AND run the risk of a lawsuit - or - make an even bigger deal of it all ruining the night for everyone.


Seems to have worked out for the Alamo Drafthouse theaters just fine. Take out the cell phone while the film's playing, you're going to have a bad time.
 
2013-05-16 03:35:23 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: For all you know, my kid fell and broke a bone and my babysitter is calling me trying to let me know.


Assuming it happened the second after you entered the theater, it would be no more than a couple of hours until you found out.  Unless you're planning on setting the broken bone, there's not much you can do anyway, so enjoy the respite from your parental reality.

Or you could have your babysitter call the theater itself in the event of an emergency.  Exactly as parents did for generations before cellular technology was widespread.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-05-16 03:38:26 PM

Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

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


And illegal in every state. Don't be an ass and break federal laws.
 
2013-05-16 03:40:54 PM

Yanks_RSJ: Or you could have your babysitter call the theater itself in the event of an emergency. Exactly as parents did for generations before cellular technology was widespread.


Or you could entertain yourself by hunting wildebeest. Exactly as people did for generations before motion picture technology was widespread.

I'm a big fan of the rectal insertion/oral extraction method of dealing with abusive cell phone users, but I don't see a problem with someone as discreetly as possible reading a name off the screen and either leaving or returning it to their pocket.
 
2013-05-16 03:41:08 PM

Odd Bird: I usually don't call people out on their actions because of this concern, and because I don't want to become of those self-appointed police/control dicks. But from time to time I do and usually get good results when it's done somewhat courteous manner with very tempered amount of tough-guy machismo. (daughter's graduation, outdoor concert)


I won't call people out in a situation like that because

a) It's a minor issue and, as an adult, I don't feel like I need to go from zero to Elmer Fudd over it

b) I paid for access to that venue, it's the manager's job to clash with people like that not mine

c) If they won't handle it, I'd rather go after management anyway over the bigger issue, not have a comically childish outburst at one person who will probably never come back anyway

People these days feel like they're just perfectly justified in doing whatever they want and so you wind up with both assholes who sit and tap away at their phone to the annoyance of everyone else and assholes who feel like it's okay to explode at them and throw a huge fit about it. Apparently the sensible middle ground fell into the sea at some point in the last decade or so.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-05-16 03:42:42 PM

moos: Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

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

Don't those violate FCC regulations?


Yes. And there is a very nice side order of fines to go along with your entree of hubris.
http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/jamming-cell-phones-and-gps-equipmen t- against-law
But, by all means, think yourself a hero while being worthless shiat (because while you might mean to only jam stupid cell users there may also be a doctor who holds others lives in their hands and is oath-bound to respond at any time to preserve life and limb).
 
2013-05-16 03:44:55 PM
TNel:

FTFA "It looked like she was Googling or something," Williamson tells us. "So I leaned over and told her it was distracting and told her to put it away.
She responded, 'So don't look.' "

Seriously just don't watch someone use their phone, I bet the phone was on silent since he would have stated how loud it was.  I would have pressed charges.


Texting in a dark theatre or play venue is horrible.  The glare is impossible to ignore.

My guess is that this NY bint is similar to the whiny jerk in the Alamo Drafthouse PSA:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L3eeC2lJZs
 
2013-05-16 03:46:07 PM

Yanks_RSJ: Jim from Saint Paul: For all you know, my kid fell and broke a bone and my babysitter is calling me trying to let me know.

Assuming it happened the second after you entered the theater, it would be no more than a couple of hours until you found out.  Unless you're planning on setting the broken bone, there's not much you can do anyway, so enjoy the respite from your parental reality.

Or you could have your babysitter call the theater itself in the event of an emergency.  Exactly as parents did for generations before cellular technology was widespread.


It was done that way BECAUSE there was no technology. Not because it was "better".

Example: Let's say I go to a theatre playing Star Trek into Darkness this Friday night. There will be 150+ people in that theatre. Say there are two showings at 7PM. All my babysitter can do is describe what I look like. What happens? you have 2 theatres of people where ushers are walking up and down the aisle's with their little non-LED lights trying to ID me. What, THAT won't disrupt more people then a 5 second flicker of light by my phone?

So why need the middle man again? I am not shiatting on your IM 3 experience by double checking a call isn;t from the person watching my children. Please don;t equate me with people not barely paying attention to the movie.

Besides, i am on Fark. It's not like I am getting alot of calls from "friends" seeing as I don;t have any besides YOU PEOPLE.
 
2013-05-16 03:46:13 PM

thurstonxhowell: Yanks_RSJ: Or you could have your babysitter call the theater itself in the event of an emergency. Exactly as parents did for generations before cellular technology was widespread.

Or you could entertain yourself by hunting wildebeest. Exactly as people did for generations before motion picture technology was widespread.

I'm a big fan of the rectal insertion/oral extraction method of dealing with abusive cell phone users, but I don't see a problem with someone as discreetly as possible reading a name off the screen and either leaving or returning it to their pocket.


Yeah, I mean look, if ya gotta use it ya gotta use it, we all understand.  But it shouldn't take more than 5 seconds to look at the screen, read the name, and put it away or get up to go outside.
 
2013-05-16 03:50:43 PM

Yanks_RSJ: Or you could have your babysitter call the theater itself in the event of an emergency. Exactly as parents did for generations before cellular technology was widespread.


The world changes.

Personal computing devices are not going to become less ubiquitous. You can either stand their trying to shout back the tide or you can accept that there is a reasonable and responsible middle ground regarding their public use and try to convince people to meet you on it.

Basically, you can either accept that they're here and people are going to use them or you can be wrong.
 
2013-05-16 03:51:30 PM
Here's the question :

What is the lawful way in which the woman is made to turn her phone off and shut up, OR made to leave the theater?

Does the theater owner have to call the cops, and then the cops have to arrest her? And in the meantime, how long does it take the cops to get there and how much drama is made?

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.


So you think the underground railroad was manned by dicks too, eh? 

shroom: Check it in the lobby with the house manager and give them your seat number.

/theatre person


This This This.

 I am sure that the house manager will enjoy the opportunity to provide superior, refined service to all.

"Someone might be important, so I get to be a douche" is not a way to run a civilization.
 
2013-05-16 03:52:46 PM

Fubini: And yeah, when you use a jammer you're declaring that you're more important than everyone else around you.


No, you're saying that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one.  That the rest of the audience be able to enjoy the movie or play is more important than that one person who wants to talk to her bff right then.


Fubini:You don't have to be a doctor to have an important phone call- it could be some guy's wife going into labor or someone's kid who got stuck at school, both are important enough to warrant immediate attention.

No, they're not so important that the person MUST rush out of the theater that very second, and if they WERE, then that person shouldn't BE in the theater.  If you cannot turn your phone off and sit quietly like a civilized human being, then DO NOT GO.

The self-important person here isn't the person with the jammer: it's the person who left their cell phone ringer.  Frankly, you're projecting your own self-importance on the very people who don't want to tolerate yours.
 
2013-05-16 03:53:25 PM

skozlaw: Odd Bird: I usually don't call people out on their actions because of this concern, and because I don't want to become of those self-appointed police/control dicks. But from time to time I do and usually get good results when it's done somewhat courteous manner with very tempered amount of tough-guy machismo. (daughter's graduation, outdoor concert)

I won't call people out in a situation like that because

a) It's a minor issue and, as an adult, I don't feel like I need to go from zero to Elmer Fudd over it

b) I paid for access to that venue, it's the manager's job to clash with people like that not mine

c) If they won't handle it, I'd rather go after management anyway over the bigger issue, not have a comically childish outburst at one person who will probably never come back anyway

People these days feel like they're just perfectly justified in doing whatever they want and so you wind up with both assholes who sit and tap away at their phone to the annoyance of everyone else and assholes who feel like it's okay to explode at them and throw a huge fit about it. Apparently the sensible middle ground fell into the sea at some point in the last decade or so.


Manners don't enforce themselves. The civilized world fairly hinges on a few unbalanced assholes who remind the poorly socialized among us that codes of etiquette are not just empty suggestions. Rationalize your own diffusion of responsibility, if you like, but let's not pretend that people like this don't serve a vital social role.
 
2013-05-16 03:55:09 PM
Know someone you want to get beatup, but don't want to get your hands dirty?

Text them "Wheres my droid" while they're in a theater.
 
2013-05-16 03:55:52 PM

skozlaw: Odd Bird: I usually don't call people out on their actions because of this concern, and because I don't want to become of those self-appointed police/control dicks. But from time to time I do and usually get good results when it's done somewhat courteous manner with very tempered amount of tough-guy machismo. (daughter's graduation, outdoor concert)

I won't call people out in a situation like that because

a) It's a minor issue and, as an adult, I don't feel like I need to go from zero to Elmer Fudd over it


[Zero].......(points between)......[Elmer Fudd]

Given that you didn't mention the possibility there might be points-between, I'll not bother with the specifics of the situations mentioned.
 
2013-05-16 03:56:23 PM

rubi_con_man: 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.

So you think the underground railroad was manned by dicks too, eh?


Waitwaitwaitwaitwait...wait...WAIT.

Did you just compare this dude to Harriett frickin Tubman?
 
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