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2013-05-16 05:39:44 PM

moos: Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

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

Don't those violate FCC regulations?


Yes, but do does my CB inline booster.
Scared of FCC?
Heck no, they couldnt find Arkansas on a map if they tried.
 
2013-05-16 05:41:04 PM
Sat next to a biatch on the tarmac who continued her phone conversation like she was a passenger going down the road in a convertible.  Flight Attendant finally told her to turn off her phone.  Loud conversation about nothing.
 
2013-05-16 05:41:10 PM

Profedius: DibDub: I agree with you whole sale. The reason I took action was because I knew I could handle him due to military training, being an ex bouncer and since I was working as an investigator at the time I was armed at all times. Instead of waiting outside to confront me he should have contacted the police, because I did destroy private property, but I was prepared for that as well since I knew a great many people on the police force and those responding would likely be someone I knew.

So you stir up unnecessary conflict over something minor, take the first unlawful action, then are either ready to shoot him, or hide behind the gang you're an associate of, the police. You sound like the thug here.

/supports CCW, doesn't support cell phones in theatres

I would agree with that speculation as long as stir up in your opinion does not imply create and instead means escalate since he was the one that created the conflict by becoming hostile in response to an extremely polite request made in a non-confrontational tone. I don't know how thuggish I was considering when he resumed his conversation there was references to doing me bodily harm. At that time in my life though I reacted forcefully to confrontation so I guess I would consider my reaction to be extreme, but since it was a reaction I wouldn't consider it thuggish in nature since that would imply that I was forcing my will on others who were not in conflict with me.


Mall Ninja alert.
 
2013-05-16 05:42:18 PM

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


Because blocking potentially life saving calls is more important than your "right" to not be annoyed.
 
2013-05-16 05:43:31 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.


Nevermind the fact that she responded with assault...
 
2013-05-16 05:50:45 PM
Back in grad school I once had a student answer a phone during an exam and start talking. In a conversational tone. During. An. Exam. As if it's perfectly normal to take calls while writing exams.
I grabbed the phone and tossed it to the front where it shattered on the floor.

/Instructor and Department Head backed me up 100%.
 
2013-05-16 05:55:41 PM

MrStench: 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.

Nevermind the fact that she responded with assault...


Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree

You could be facing charges of criminal mischief in the 3rd degree if you do any of the following with  intent to damage someone else's property without right to do so:

Having 3 or more prior criminal mischief convictions, you break into a locked vehicle with the intent of stealing property,Damage someone else's property where the damage is valued at more than $250.
3rd degree criminal mischief is a  Class E felony punishable by up to 4 years in prison.

**Now here's the assault charge..**

3rd Degree Assault
Assault in the 3rd degree is a  misdemeanorcharge. It applies when the situation results in physical injury to someone else but that injury isn't enough to qualify for a more serious assault offense.

You could be facing this charge if the prosecution believes you:

1.Intended to cause injury to another person and did,

2.        Recklesslycaused injury to another person, or

3.        Negligently cause injury with the use of a deadly weapon or instrument

Yes, this means you can face this misdemeanor charge even when you didn't intend to hurt anyone.

The maximum sentence you will receive for a 3rd degree assault charge is 1 year in jail and fines.
 He would actually be in much worse trouble.
 
2013-05-16 05:56:29 PM

Bumblefark: There's a whole body of scientific literature


Feel free to cite any of it at any point in your rambling, bone-headed nonsense.
 
2013-05-16 06:02:27 PM

Bumblefark: I have to imagine the world is a terrifying place for you.

That, or you're the sort of person who, when faced with something that they just simply don't find tasteful, feels compelled to reach for some variant of the "think of the children!" card, so as not to sound like a humorless prude.


I'm the kind of person who works in telecom and knows why the law was written.  Do I personally walk around and think that everyone is out to get me?  No
Do I constantly play the "Think of the children" card?  No
am I asked, several times a month to troubleshoot a 9-1-1 issue because the FCC doesn't screw around with people who mess with 9-1-1 systems, or carriers that might have issues with it routing properly?  Yes.

Good call though on trying to sound snarky.  You almost fooled someone.
 
2013-05-16 06:03:15 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 like you.


This... I am a concealed carry permit holder, and I carry so that I can defend against one or more people who are directly threatening my life or those around me... NOT to give myself the confidence to be a vigilante, if you are carrying, the it is your duty to avoid any confrontation when at all possible especially if it is non life threatening. A simple situation involving a rude person could have easily turned into a gun fight...
 
2013-05-16 06:09:52 PM

TortureSteak: This... I am a concealed carry permit holder, and I carry so that I can defend against one or more people who are directly threatening my life or those around me... NOT to give myself the confidence to be a vigilante, if you are carrying, the it is your duty to avoid any confrontation when at all possible especially if it is non life threatening. A simple situation involving a rude person could have easily turned into a gun fight...


Pretty much that.  I CCW also and own several firearms. I would never engage or tough-guy someone period, much less whilst carrying.

Do yourself a favor a take a firearms safety class - one that isn't advertised on the side of the road
 
2013-05-16 06:15:41 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: GloomCookie613: BigNumber12: GloomCookie613: 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.


The number of times I've watched someone swerve from the left-most lane, across multiple lanes of traffic, to just barely make an exit, tells me that you may be onto something.

Ugh. I'll drive to the next exit and backtrack before doing that shiat. It's dangerous AND stupid.

Then again, I plan ahead and give myself time to get places instead of white-knuckling it to get there on time.

Are you on your cell phone at the time?


No, because I'm not a tool. If a call is important enough to take, I can pull the fark over. I also have a designated driver if I go out drinking and give my friends shiat for texting and driving.

Yes, I am, in fact, a blast at parties.
 
2013-05-16 06:16:11 PM

TortureSteak: ence to be a vigilant


I like how everyone is crucifying this guy over his story, because somewhere toward the beginning, around when he grabbed the other guy's phone, he wrote something like "because I had a gun I could shoot him with"... I can't quite seem to find where exactly he wrote that... but everyone else is so sure of his motives... so it must be there......

It couldn't be that his CCW only came up at the end of the story, where he saw the arsehole waiting outside to confront him in what was almost certainly a level-headed and civilized way. It couldn't be.
 
2013-05-16 06:17:52 PM
Me: So you stir up unnecessary conflict over something minor, take the first unlawful action, then are either ready to shoot him, or hide behind the gang you're an associate of, the police. You sound like the thug here.

/supports CCW, doesn't support cell phones in theatres

I would agree with that speculation as long as stir up in your opinion does not imply create and instead means escalate since he was the one that created the conflict by becoming hostile in response to an extremely polite request made in a non-confrontational tone. I don't know how thuggish I was considering when he resumed his conversation there was references to doing me bodily harm. At that time in my life though I reacted forcefully to confrontation so I guess I would consider my reaction to be extreme, but since it was a reaction I wouldn't consider it thuggish in nature since that would imply that I was forcing my will on others who were not in conflict with me.


Well, in your Boobies, you quoted him as saying "fark you, motherfarker", which is out of line, but not a threat of violence. So then he goes back to talking to his girl and says something like "I'm going to kick this guys ass", but not to you, just chest puffing to his girl. And on the CCW test, the appropriate response to this situation is d)grab his phone and drop it in his drink. Only you know how the situation exactly unfolded, and I'm sure you'll try to justify ending up at choice d), while carrying. Just make sure the police report says he swung at you before choice d) was made. Should be easy enough when your bros from the PD show up. I'd be interested to hear what an actual professional CCWer thinks is the right response to this situation. You get favorited as "Reckless CCWer".
 
2013-05-16 06:19:53 PM

MelGoesOnTour: 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


Just found a site. Apparently they have to be bought from overseas.
 
2013-05-16 06:22:54 PM
I was on the ferry once (typical of where I live) during commute time, full boat, and I can hear half of a loud phone conversation (male voice) from the other side of the boat.  I look to see who this clown is, and it's a woman (!).  She is talking quietly for her part, but her damn phone is on speaker, up all the way!  I have to think she didn't know how to set it right, and that should be a felony right there.

/csb, in every way.
 
2013-05-16 06:23:55 PM
 
2013-05-16 06:24:11 PM

TortureSteak: 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.

This... I am a concealed carry permit holder, and I carry so that I can defend against one or more people who are directly threatening my life or those around me... NOT to give myself the confidence to be a vigilante, if you are carrying, the it is your duty to avoid any confrontation when at all possible especially if it is non life threatening. A simple situation involving a rude person could have easily turned into a gun fight...



So the mentality then is to let these degenerates get by with poor behavior ruining everyone else's experience due to the fact that said person is so ghetto they are likely to retaliate with force (potentially deadly)? So in the end, everyone else just has to suck it up and deal with it while those who seek to do whatever they please at the expense of others continue this behavior and then our youth grows up thinking this sort of behavior is ok?
 
2013-05-16 06:24:41 PM

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

Because blocking potentially life saving calls is more important than your "right" to not be annoyed.


First, nearly all portable jammers have a button that needs to be held down to work.  Only a few have an on/off switch.  If you are afraid of an attack on the theater and someone who has a jammer, they are killed and it is left on, you can untwist your panties now.

Portable jammers have a coverage area of 10-25 feet (some are larger, up to 70ft, but they are not easily hidden, can be noisy as they have internal fans to cool them, and get hot).  A jammer in the theater room next to you isn't going to affect you.

When a jammer is on, you will never know unless you look at your phone and see your reception bars are gone.  Then again, all the movie theaters I go to the cell reception drops from full bars outside of the theater building to 2-3 bars inside so most folks may think it's just the theater room they are in.  In fact, you probably have had your phone jammed at one point or another and never knew it.

If you feel that you just can not be out of touch for 2 hours at a theater, then stay home and rent the DVD. You talk as loud as you want, text away, and check your phone as often as you want.

Off topic:
There is a local, upscale restaurant that requires patrons check their cellphones.  If you get a call, the staff will inform you and you have the option of going outside or ignoring the call.  If you sneak your cell into the restaurant and it goes off or they see you use it, you are asked to pay your bill and leave (if you have food, they box it up for you) and you are banned for 1 month.  Next offense is 6 months. Third offense and you are banned for a year.    (Side note: Patrons must be 21 or over. Children must be 14 or older.)  It is a fairly popular place to go if you are on a date or meeting with important clients.

I have a feeling you probably would have an issue with such a place as well.
 
2013-05-16 06:34:05 PM
Protip: try the decaf.
 
2013-05-16 06:41:51 PM

Bschott007: First, nearly all portable jammers have a button that needs to be held down to work.  Only a few have an on/off switch.  If you are afraid of an attack on the theater and someone who has a jammer, they are killed and it is left on, you can untwist your panties now.


So what?  You're farking with everyone in the theater, and there's a lot of people within the 30 foot range of a jammer.  You don't know if they may need to take an important call.

Bschott007: Portable jammers have a coverage area of 10-25 feet (some are larger, up to 70ft, but they are not easily hidden, can be noisy as they have internal fans to cool them, and get hot).  A jammer in the theater room next to you isn't going to affect you.


Larger models can interfere with towers themselves.  Surprise, surprise, you don't know what the fark you're talking about.

Bschott007: If you feel that you just can not be out of touch for 2 hours at a theater, then stay home and rent the DVD. You talk as loud as you want, text away, and check your phone as often as you want.


No dipshiat, I don't have to avoid contact with the rest of the world because you might hear a buzzing sound every once in a while.  If you can't handle people communicating, maybe you're the one who should live like a shut in.
 
2013-05-16 06:45:33 PM

the money is in the banana stand: TortureSteak: 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.

This... I am a concealed carry permit holder, and I carry so that I can defend against one or more people who are directly threatening my life or those around me... NOT to give myself the confidence to be a vigilante, if you are carrying, the it is your duty to avoid any confrontation when at all possible especially if it is non life threatening. A simple situation involving a rude person could have easily turned into a gun fight...


So the mentality then is to let these degenerates get by with poor behavior ruining everyone else's experience due to the fact that said person is so ghetto they are likely to retaliate with force (potentially deadly)? So in the end, everyone else just has to suck it up and deal with it while those who seek to do whatever they please at the expense of others continue this behavior and then our youth grows up thinking this sort of behavior is ok?


Not at all; these people should be held accountable for their actions, and the deserve to be shunned.  The only point I'm trying to make is that if you're carrying a deadly (which I often do), then it is your duty to avoid confrontation unless your life is on the line.  If I had kids, then I think they would learn a better lesson seeing that their dad knows how to control his temper and not instigate a confrontation.  I'm sorry, but grabbing someone's phone from their hand and damaging it is the first act of violence; he didn't just rile the guy up to the point of taking a swing by talking to him.  If your words don't work, then walk away, if they scream at you, keep walking, if they physically attack you, then yes, respond quickly with greater force than they expected. If it's not worth sending someone to the hospital and most likely facing charges, then it's probably worth it to just walk away.

If we're going to pretend to be civilized people, then we simply cannot endorse using physical force on somebody simply because they were being rude.  If we're not pretending to be civilized, then fine, all bets are off, and nobody can really complain when things get out of hand...
 
2013-05-16 06:46:43 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.


Here's a true story, since it's story time.

A couple months ago my brother and our wives and I went to a movie, and some guy a row ahead of us and a couple seats over is using his phone as the movie starts. Not the previews, the actual movie. So a few of us, myself included try politely asking him in a normal voice to turn it off. The usual, we're in public and don't want to make a scene with a stranger sort of thing. It doesn't work. The guy just ignores us, and I'm pretty sure he could hear us. Certainly I could hear everyone else. So my brother yells, in exactly the same tone of voice as when his dog needs to pay attention, "TURN OFF THE D***ED PHONE!" The guy instantly hunches over like he's about to be attacked and turns off the phone. My brother gets a short round of applause.

I guess you had to be there.
 
2013-05-16 06:47:28 PM

skozlaw: Bumblefark: There's a whole body of scientific literature

Feel free to cite any of it at any point in your rambling, bone-headed nonsense.


Kay. Donald Black (1983), "Crime as Social Control," American Sociological Review, 48(1), pp. 34 - 45.

That's a good place to start.

Do I pass?
 
2013-05-16 06:50:11 PM
FTA the woman sitting to Williamson's right on his bench would not, he says, stop using her cell phone. "It looked like she was Googling or something," Williamson tells us.

OK so the phone wasn't ringing and she wasn't talking?  Is Googling intrusive?
 
2013-05-16 06:54:37 PM

o5iiawah: Bumblefark: I have to imagine the world is a terrifying place for you.

That, or you're the sort of person who, when faced with something that they just simply don't find tasteful, feels compelled to reach for some variant of the "think of the children!" card, so as not to sound like a humorless prude.

I'm the kind of person who works in telecom and knows why the law was written.  Do I personally walk around and think that everyone is out to get me?  No
Do I constantly play the "Think of the children" card?  No
am I asked, several times a month to troubleshoot a 9-1-1 issue because the FCC doesn't screw around with people who mess with 9-1-1 systems, or carriers that might have issues with it routing properly?  Yes.

Good call though on trying to sound snarky.  You almost fooled someone.


Fair enough -- an occupational concern, then.

I'm still not entirely convinced depriving people of their cell phones for the duration of a movie represents a grave public safety issue. Theaters existed long before people had cell phones. Society seemed to have gotten along just fine...
 
2013-05-16 07:02:04 PM

scottydoesntknow: 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.

If the biatch wants to file charges, she knows exactly where to find him. It's not like he's in hiding. He did it, he acknowledged that he did it, and now he's willing to pay the price for doing it.

I still applaud him.


If she wants to press charges, he can press charges for assault because she slapped him.
 
2013-05-16 07:02:13 PM

BraveNewCheneyWorld: Bschott007: First, nearly all portable jammers have a button that needs to be held down to work.  Only a few have an on/off switch.  If you are afraid of an attack on the theater and someone who has a jammer, they are killed and it is left on, you can untwist your panties now.

So what?  You're farking with everyone in the theater, and there's a lot of people within the 30 foot range of a jammer.  You don't know if they may need to take an important call.


Neither do they if they.  The rules of the theater are to turn your phones off.  They post it on the sign with the movie times, the attendant that gives you the ticket tell you to do so, the usher that checks your ticket and rips off part of the stub tell you to, the pre-trailer intro tells you to, the intro before the movie tells you to.  If by that point you haven't turned off your phone I don't know what to tell you, other than to laugh if you are kicked out by management.  If someone jams your signal, you'd never knew you had missed a call or text until a few minutes after the jammer is shut off and the texts start flooding in, and your voice mail shows multiple notices.

Bschott007: Portable jammers have a coverage area of 10-25 feet (some are larger, up to 70ft, but they are not easily hidden, can be noisy as they have internal fans to cool them, and get hot).  A jammer in the theater room next to you isn't going to affect you.

Larger models can interfere with towers themselves.  Surprise, surprise, you don't know what the fark you're talking about.



I do actually.  We are talking about small, fist-sized models.  Not the breadbox or computer server-sized jammers.

Bschott007: If you feel that you just can not be out of touch for 2 hours at a theater, then stay home and rent the DVD. You talk as loud as you want, text away, and check your phone as often as you want.

No dipshiat, I don't have to avoid contact with the rest of the world because you might hear a buzzing sound every once in a while.  If you can't handle people communicating, maybe you're the one who should live like a shut in.


So, you turn your phone to vibrate, turn the brightness to the lowest setting, and turn on Do Not Disturb mode on your phone when you are at the theater?  Because you basically are implying you refuse to obey the movie theater's rules about turning off your phone.

I don't see any issue with flooding the 20-30 feet around me with white noise on the radio spectrum that your phone uses. You never would know, we both enjoy the movie with no interruptions and you can handle your business after the credits roll.  If you have an issue with it, so be it.

You won't be convinced to turn off your phone like you are repeatedly told to do, so I won't be convinced to stop jamming your phone when we are at the theater.
 
2013-05-16 07:08:39 PM

HAMMERTOE: Best way to get somebody to shut their offending phone screen off in a theater:

{LOUDLY}: "Hey! Was that... child porn? That was child porn!"


Or just as loudly, "You misspelled boobs"
 
2013-05-16 07:23:28 PM
You guys honestly aren't getting the satire / humor?  I thought it was obvious from his Boobies.
 
2013-05-16 07:26:35 PM

gadian: You guys honestly aren't getting the satire / humor?  I thought it was obvious from his Boobies.


heh, I said boobies.
 
2013-05-16 07:26:58 PM
Jammers are dangerous.

I'm on call on the weekends, and rely on my pager and cell for emergencies. If the hospital can't get a hold of me for an urgent exam, it could result in brain injury (in the event of a stroke) or death (intracranial hemorrage).

Just because YOU don't like someone being on their phone, doesn't give you the right to disrupt the communications system.

/ A stern warning or speaking with the manager will accomplish the same thing, and not endager anyone.
// CT Technologist.
 
2013-05-16 07:27:18 PM
I'm not reading.

Fake.

blogs.riverfronttimes.com
 
2013-05-16 07:28:15 PM
last time i went to a movie, i was more annoyed with he light from everyone's phones. most people had the sound off, but people checking messages, and just farking round with their phones was super distracting in a large dark room, when i am trying to watch something else.
 
2013-05-16 07:29:46 PM

the money is in the banana stand: Edymnion: the money is in the banana stand: Edymnion: kronicfeld: Good lick with the inevitable assault charges.

Not assault under New York law, its just Harassment.  To be assault you need to cause physical injury or intense pain.  A stinging cheek does not qualify as injury or intense pain (a nutshot would, not a slap), so he couldn't charge assault if he tried.

So does that mean he could have slapped her and been ok? Hah! Yay double standards!

If by okay you mean "not charged with assault", then yes it does.  He could still have harassment charges filed against him, as she could.

I am going to go out on a limb here and say that had he slapped her for using the phone, he would be brought up on assault charges - versus her reaction of slapping him will be harassment (if that even happens) because he is a guy and she is a girl. It's horseshiat that by being a female it is considered more or less "ok" to slap a guy who is rude to you or does something offensive and a guy cannot do the same.

The thing I am curious about, and maybe I just didn't read the article close enough, is that I don't recall the guy ever complaining to the management of the excessive use of the cell phone at the play. Had the establishment NOT done anything about it, then I could see his recourse. The last movie I saw in a "real theater" was Dawn of the Dead (remake). We saw the matinee feature which a Hispanic family decided to take their 5 kids to so they could watch it. The kids were anywhere from 4-5 as the oldest and an infant. Not only this, but they decided to give them toys that made noise and lit up. After a miserable 10 minutes of kids climbing over chairs, yelling, and running up the stairs, I complained to the management who said they couldn't really do anything about it. So, naturally I confronted the parents who weren't willing to do anything then of course yell, talk on my cell phone, and annoy them until they finally left.

It is a shame that more people in the audience did ...


TFA: "During intermission, Williamson's date complained to the theater's management, but he says he didn't personally witness the theater managers admonish the disruptive audience members."

So he didn't, but his girl did.

/your welcome
 
2013-05-16 07:30:11 PM
CSB.

Sitting at a bar about six years ago with my (soon to be ex) and some dude by himself, right next to me, is yakking at top volume on his phone. Granted, I gave him a dirty look, but his conversation shifted to the "asshole next to him". I let it go on for a few minutes, then took the phone, told the person at the other end that he'd call back, then dropped it in his pint of beer and dared him to do something about it.

Dude left.

/CSB
 
2013-05-16 07:31:54 PM
About time!
 
2013-05-16 07:32:15 PM

Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

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


Thanks for the tip :)
 
2013-05-16 07:35:50 PM

TNel: the money is in the banana stand: Having an LED screen blind you during the performance is distracting. It is pretty hard to NOT look when you are in a dim theater and people insist on farking texting or using their phones while in the theater. If it is so farking important you have to do that RIGHT then, you should step out - or you shouldn't even farking be there in the first place if your phone is more interesting than what is going on. Girls are the worst about that. No matter where they are, or whose company they are in they get out their phones and dick around on it. Could you imagine how pissed in turn the ladies would be if us men decided to check ESPN scores, play some games, and NOT listen to what they have to say? Hah!

If you are sitting behind someone when they use the phone it will most likely be at their waist level when seated in a chair.  You will not get blinded by that light.   I am willing to be this lady was dragged to the theater and did not want to go that's why she was playing with the phone.

the money is in the banana stand: Tiered seating? IMAX? 3D? Anyone that farking pulls their phone out the screen lights up like Christmas and is insanely distracting.

Even with tiered seating the device is low enough that if you don't look down you would barely be able to tell, watch the movie/play.


you sound exactly like the type of person that we all hate in the theater. turn your farking phone off dickhead. that's the basic message at every single theater in the united states. you can't follow the rules (you are above them), then STFU and GTFO.
 
2013-05-16 07:36:49 PM

Bumblefark: I'm still not entirely convinced depriving people of their cell phones for the duration of a movie represents a grave public safety issue. Theaters existed long before people had cell phones. Society seemed to have gotten along just fine...


Society also existed long before theaters and we got along fine. Then, we invented theaters. We have cell phones now. We invented them for a reason. There should be a certain etiquette about (almost always not) using them in a theater, but a jammer is right out.
 
2013-05-16 07:45:39 PM

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

You may be right but it's scummy to ask or to point it out.


That's true.

I'd like to know, in the hopes that the reality is stereo type busting.

\still scummy
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-05-16 07:47:02 PM

Rik01: The guy is a hero!

I get so darn tired of rude folks using cells where they're not supposed to and figuring that it's their right to do so.

My elderly mother used to complain that one 'important' guy in her church used to ignore the preachers request to turn off all cells in the chapel and would get calls during the sermon and answer them.

There are powerful jammers available for commercial use by stores, but few actually use them, apparently afraid they might loose business. Portable jammers are available also, that fit in your pocket, but technically they're illegal. (A real fast and under the table movement apparently by cell companies and congress.) Though, you can still get them from the Internet.

I would think that places like that dinner theater would install the more powerful jammers for the people who are going to inevitably ignore the rules.


You know how I know you know zero about RF?
It is not a matter of losing business. Jammers perform their task indiscriminately and will bleed out beyond the area intended.
That is, however, besides the point. It is against FEDERAL law. It was not, as you so wrongly and ineptly state "A real fast and under the table movement by cell companies and congress."
Have a read...LINK

Don't be stupid, and don't be an electronic vigilante. It is not for you or any civilian business to decide to disrupt a public utility.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-05-16 07:53:48 PM

Bschott007: BraveNewCheneyWorld: Bschott007: First, nearly all portable jammers have a button that needs to be held down to work.  Only a few have an on/off switch.  If you are afraid of an attack on the theater and someone who has a jammer, they are killed and it is left on, you can untwist your panties now.

So what?  You're farking with everyone in the theater, and there's a lot of people within the 30 foot range of a jammer.  You don't know if they may need to take an important call.

Neither do they if they.  The rules of the theater are to turn your phones off.  They post it on the sign with the movie times, the attendant that gives you the ticket tell you to do so, the usher that checks your ticket and rips off part of the stub tell you to, the pre-trailer intro tells you to, the intro before the movie tells you to.  If by that point you haven't turned off your phone I don't know what to tell you, other than to laugh if you are kicked out by management.  If someone jams your signal, you'd never knew you had missed a call or text until a few minutes after the jammer is shut off and the texts start flooding in, and your voice mail shows multiple notices.

Bschott007: Portable jammers have a coverage area of 10-25 feet (some are larger, up to 70ft, but they are not easily hidden, can be noisy as they have internal fans to cool them, and get hot).  A jammer in the theater room next to you isn't going to affect you.

Larger models can interfere with towers themselves.  Surprise, surprise, you don't know what the fark you're talking about.


I do actually.  We are talking about small, fist-sized models.  Not the breadbox or computer server-sized jammers.

Bschott007: If you feel that you just can not be out of touch for 2 hours at a theater, then stay home and rent the DVD. You talk as loud as you want, text away, and check your phone as often as you want.

No dipshiat, I don't have to avoid contact with the rest of the world because you might hear a buzzing sound every once i ...


I hope you actually get caught with one in your possession one day. I will watch the FCC enforcement logs, as I always do.
I often laugh at the stupid stuff those who think they are the most clever one in the world will try.
Have a look at this

Note the $$$$$$$$$$$$ amount, sounds fun, huh smartass?
 
2013-05-16 07:54:38 PM

Bullseyed: 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.


wow, derped from orbit just to be sure, huh?
 
2013-05-16 07:57:44 PM

a_room_with_a_moose: CSB.

Sitting at a bar about six years ago with my (soon to be ex) and some dude by himself, right next to me, is yakking at top volume on his phone. Granted, I gave him a dirty look, but his conversation shifted to the "asshole next to him". I let it go on for a few minutes, then took the phone, told the person at the other end that he'd call back, then dropped it in his pint of beer and dared him to do something about it.

Dude left.

/CSB


Or, lean closely and say, "Babe, turn off that cell phone and come back to bed."
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-05-16 08:00:13 PM

a_room_with_a_moose: CSB.

Sitting at a bar about six years ago with my (soon to be ex) and some dude by himself, right next to me, is yakking at top volume on his phone. Granted, I gave him a dirty look, but his conversation shifted to the "asshole next to him". I let it go on for a few minutes, then took the phone, told the person at the other end that he'd call back, then dropped it in his pint of beer and dared him to do something about it.

Dude left.

/CSB


data.whicdn.com
 
2013-05-16 08:04:07 PM

Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

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


http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/jamming-cell-phones-and-gps-equipmen t- against-law
 
2013-05-16 08:05:14 PM

gja: a_room_with_a_moose: CSB.

Sitting at a bar about six years ago with my (soon to be ex) and some dude by himself, right next to me, is yakking at top volume on his phone. Granted, I gave him a dirty look, but his conversation shifted to the "asshole next to him". I let it go on for a few minutes, then took the phone, told the person at the other end that he'd call back, then dropped it in his pint of beer and dared him to do something about it.

Dude left.

/CSB


Whateves.

I'll bet you've wished you had the stones to do the same thing, on occasion.

I have a low asshole-tolerance threshold.
 
2013-05-16 08:10:48 PM

Spanky McStupid: a_room_with_a_moose: CSB.

Sitting at a bar about six years ago with my (soon to be ex) and some dude by himself, right next to me, is yakking at top volume on his phone. Granted, I gave him a dirty look, but his conversation shifted to the "asshole next to him". I let it go on for a few minutes, then took the phone, told the person at the other end that he'd call back, then dropped it in his pint of beer and dared him to do something about it.

Dude left.

/CSB

Or, lean closely and say, "Babe, turn off that cell phone and come back to bed."


I can never come up with that sort of wit when I'm on the spot.

Wish I could...
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-05-16 08:11:14 PM

a_room_with_a_moose: gja: a_room_with_a_moose: CSB.

Sitting at a bar about six years ago with my (soon to be ex) and some dude by himself, right next to me, is yakking at top volume on his phone. Granted, I gave him a dirty look, but his conversation shifted to the "asshole next to him". I let it go on for a few minutes, then took the phone, told the person at the other end that he'd call back, then dropped it in his pint of beer and dared him to do something about it.

Dude left.

/CSB

Whateves.

I'll bet you've wished you had the stones to do the same thing, on occasion.

I have a low asshole-tolerance threshold.


I also have a low 'asshole-tolerance threshold', but also have an acute sense of others civil liberties and rights and do not attempt to infringe on them.
There is a right way, and a wrong way to deal with cretins such as the cell-phone trogs. Menacing them is NOT the way.
Plenty of "stones" here, just know when to take them out.
(however, slipping the barkeep $25 and telling him to ignore the drunk biatch on her phone one night was worth every cent...lots of LULZ)
 
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