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2013-05-16 12:01:32 PM  
indymedia.ie
 
2013-05-16 12:07:43 PM  
My hero.

/cell phone jammers are about $40 online
//worth every penny
 
2013-05-16 12:08:36 PM  
This is the first time in the history of the universe that the Hero tag is appropriate for an NRO writer.

Well done, sir. Credit where credit is due. Hopefully this can bring us all closer together.
 
2013-05-16 12:13:19 PM  

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.
 
2013-05-16 12:13:46 PM  
Good!

And it appears this was a dinner theatre production, which just makes cell phone usage even more inconsiderate and annoying.
 
2013-05-16 12:30:49 PM  
Good lick with the inevitable assault charges.
 
2013-05-16 12:34:04 PM  

kronicfeld: Good lick with the inevitable assault charges.


That seemed rather Freudian.
 
2013-05-16 12:40:03 PM  
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.
 
2013-05-16 12:44:11 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.


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.
 
2013-05-16 12:49:37 PM  
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.
 
2013-05-16 01:00:52 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.


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.
 
2013-05-16 01:01:09 PM  
Was at Star Trek last night.  So many god damn cell phones going on right before the movie started, but then everyone actually acted like a decent f*cking meat popsicle for once and turned them off.

**SPOILER**

Because Tyler Perry wasn't in the sequel.

//see, it's funny because people who go to Tyler Perry movies are usually loud and on their cell phones
 
2013-05-16 01:01:28 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

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


Don't those violate FCC regulations?
 
2013-05-16 01:02:26 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.


No, he doesn't.  F*CK YOU, YOU STUPID WHORE AT THE PLAY.  Everyone in 21st century America knows you DON'T do that sh*t, and you deserved to be ass-raped by concertina wire for the next 14 years for doing it.
 
2013-05-16 01:03:15 PM  

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.
 
2013-05-16 01:04:12 PM  
fireflywiki.net

Approves of this and much, much worse.
 
2013-05-16 01:04:22 PM  
I bet she was Farking.
 
2013-05-16 01:04:32 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.


Ha! I missed that part, good point.
 
2013-05-16 01:04:41 PM  
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.
 
2013-05-16 01:06:01 PM  

kronicfeld: Good lick with the inevitable assault charges.


Assault lick?
 
2013-05-16 01:06:04 PM  
Some one is going to the "Special Hell".
 
2013-05-16 01:06:16 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.


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

/theatre person
 
2013-05-16 01:06:49 PM  
Could someone specify the race and gender of the cellphone user?  I have an idea, but I'd like confirmation
 
2013-05-16 01:07:48 PM  

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


Aborigine male
 
2013-05-16 01:07:59 PM  

Dimensio: [www.fireflywiki.net image 167x286]

Approves of this and much, much worse.


Dammit!

/shakes tiny fist.
 
2013-05-16 01:08:28 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.


i.chzbgr.com
 
2013-05-16 01:09:02 PM  
He should have taken the phone and stuffed it down his buttcrack, then handed it back to her... the "stinky phone"
 
2013-05-16 01:10:14 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.


I never understood that argument. I work with doctos and every single on of them use pagers for emergencies. So assuming a doctor was at a theater and was inconsiderate enough to not have vibrate on, it would be a quick beep and they would get up and leave.

If a doctor is on their cell phone (especially in public) it is almost certainly  not an emergency.
 
2013-05-16 01:10:32 PM  

kronicfeld: Good lick with the inevitable assault charges.


Even worse, the cell phone company will probably add roaming charges on top of it.
 
2013-05-16 01:10:37 PM  

kronicfeld: Good lick with the inevitable assault charges.


Hey, SHE slapped him, so if anybody gets charged it should be her.
 
2013-05-16 01:10:46 PM  

kronicfeld: Good lick with the inevitable assault charges.


plus emotional distress civil suit
 
2013-05-16 01:10:54 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.


You sound like you want to defend the biatch or something...you two related, ya know, like married siblings?
 
2013-05-16 01:10:56 PM  

coeyagi: Was at Star Trek last night.  So many god damn cell phones going on right before the movie started, but then everyone actually acted like a decent f*cking meat popsicle for once and turned them off.

**SPOILER**

Because Tyler Perry wasn't in the sequel.

//see, it's funny because people who go to Tyler Perry movies are usually loud and on their cell phones


My day is made
 
2013-05-16 01:11:09 PM  
So obviously the manager had no balls and couldn't control the rude behavior of guests taht were using cell phones when they were told not to

More and more I would like theaters to have cell phone jamming devices active during performances , or even giant Faraday cages
 
2013-05-16 01:11:29 PM  
I was at a movie where a girl a couple of rows ahead of me kept her phone on her lap. It would ring about 3x every 20 minutes. She'd pick it up, see who was calling, and hit end. Normally I'd say something in that situation, but this was when I was in college and my school was right next to a really sketchy neighborhood. The theater had a lot of missing seats that had been ripped up and there were 2 fights before the movie started. I was so relieved when a new, nicer theater opened up across the street later that year.
 
2013-05-16 01:11:51 PM  

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.
 
2013-05-16 01:11:56 PM  
Personally, I'd have liked to put it in her drink. Preferably with a decent splash.
 
2013-05-16 01:12:12 PM  

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


FTFY

/Pet Peeve
 
2013-05-16 01:14:25 PM  

moos: Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

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

Don't those violate FCC regulations?


Is view those regulations as more of a guideline, especially considering how they were implemented with no real input from anyone except cell phone interests.
 
2013-05-16 01:14:50 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.


Of course, she was the one who resorted to violence.
 
2013-05-16 01:16:20 PM  

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
 
2013-05-16 01:16:29 PM  

moos: Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

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

Don't those violate FCC regulations?


Yup, and if caught the penalty in the US for blocking radio signals in a public area can go over $100k.
 
2013-05-16 01:16:45 PM  

phenn: kronicfeld: Good lick with the inevitable assault charges.

Assault lick?


Sure, why not?
 
2013-05-16 01:17:07 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.


So vote republican?
 
2013-05-16 01:17:20 PM  
You just can't snatch someone's property out of their hands and toss it, no matter how much they annoy you.  Not allowed.

That said...
cdn0.hark.com
 
2013-05-16 01:17:44 PM  
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.
 
2013-05-16 01:17:55 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.


If you want to get technical, the performance was the property of those who paid for it, and the woman and her group were maliciously destroying it for the other attendees. Theft of services might be a good countersuit, in addition to the assault charge.
 
2013-05-16 01:18:32 PM  
I carry a hammer.
Back up is vice grips.
/Yeah, like in "Stir Crazy"
//You can't dial 911 with a broken phone and your nuts in a vice.
///Works on cigar smokers, too.

ymmv
 
2013-05-16 01:18:39 PM  
I hope it's not the same guy who directed shiatty films for Dimension Films backs in the 00s.


gothamist.com
 
2013-05-16 01:19:14 PM  

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.
 
2013-05-16 01:19:43 PM  

Edymnion: Yup, and if caught the penalty in the US for blocking radio signals in a public area can go over $100k.


Yeah, good luck getting a warrant to look under my hood.
 
2013-05-16 01:20:58 PM  

studs up: 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 vote republican?


Better to be a d*ck than an a-hole.
 
2013-05-16 01:21:10 PM  
Tourists are much worse at the theatre than New Yorkers. I went to a Broadway show a few months ago and some fat mid-westerners behind us wouldn't shut up about how the play compared to the movie. Talking is worse than surfing on your cell phone.

/New Yorker
//I support guys like this.
//especially for ass-hatteryon the subway.
 
2013-05-16 01:21:16 PM  

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.
 
2013-05-16 01:21:47 PM  

Dimensio: [www.fireflywiki.net image 167x286]

Approves of this and much, much worse.


Indeed...I hear there's a special hell for such people......
 
2013-05-16 01:21:49 PM  

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.
 
2013-05-16 01:21:54 PM  

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!
 
2013-05-16 01:22:59 PM  
Biatch has no commonn courtesy, but the guy who grabbed the phone will be the one sued for it..
 
2013-05-16 01:23:15 PM  

Edymnion: moos: Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

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

Don't those violate FCC regulations?

Yup, and if caught the penalty in the US for blocking radio signals in a public area can go over $100k.


Plus it's a federal offense.  So I guess it would be technically cheaper to say "hey that's a nice phone can I see it" and then drop it into any nearby drink.
 
2013-05-16 01:23:20 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.


Spoken by someone who's face is permanently attached to his/her cell phone.
 
2013-05-16 01:23:24 PM  
I've told this story before, but...
Some years ago I was at a screening of Citizen Kane in the small auditorium of our local art movie house. The place had about seven rows of seats.
Just toward the end, a guy's cell phone started ringing and he wouldn't turn it off. Eventually, a guy sitting behind him jumped up and started hitting him!
Don't generally condone violence, but it was satisfying to watch.

// A SPECIAL level of hell.
 
2013-05-16 01:23:46 PM  

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.
 
2013-05-16 01:23:54 PM  

Road Rash: If you want to get technical, the performance was the property of those who paid for it, and the woman and her group were maliciously destroying it for the other attendees.


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JK47: The theater comes very close to false imprisonment according to his version of the story.


I agree.
 
2013-05-16 01:24:20 PM  
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. And once the performance resumed, 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,"


I farking hate people so much. Honestly, I'm more and more convinced that there's a sizable percentage of the population that simply lacks the maturity or mental capacity to simultaneously own a cell phone and behave as a participant in civilized society. It's like watching restless, undisciplined children at a restaurant with their parents - these 'adults' are utterly incapable of sitting still and focusing on the task at hand. I won't even go into the soaring estimation of relative worth that people have about themselves - "my 'business' here on my cell phone is so important that it outweighs the entire purpose of everyone else's presence in the room." And utterly incapable of accepting any level of correction in anything resembling dignified fashion. Like a petulant, impertinent little child.

I find myself thinking about this article all the time.
 
2013-05-16 01:24:40 PM  
Did I miss the part where the lady used her phone as a phone or it made audible noise in any way? Is the level of light in the articles picture indicative of the amount of light in the theater at the time? If so that doesn't seem to be dim enough that someone near you simply looking at their phone screen would affect your experience. I hope the "disruptive" table was actually being disruptive and this was simply the result. If so, then Bravo.
 
2013-05-16 01:25:10 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


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.
 
2013-05-16 01:25:17 PM  
3 things
-she wasn't talking on the phone, she was googling something on it(from the article)
-doing that to a woman is sort of a biatch move, you talk to the manager if nothing
can be donem ove seets, cause again its not like shes actually talking on the phone
-3 slapping someone in NY isn't assault, so I guess I call it even
 
2013-05-16 01:26:06 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


There ya go.  Seriously, the biatch needs to take her eyes off that damn phone.  I'm surprised she hasn't been pickpocketed yet.
 
2013-05-16 01:26:23 PM  

kkinnison: So obviously the manager had no balls and couldn't control the rude behavior of guests taht were using cell phones when they were told not to

More and more I would like theaters to have cell phone jamming devices active during performances , or even giant Faraday cages


It's for this reason I really want to visit the Alamo Draft House to see a movie at some point.  They tell you they have zero tolerance for this shiat, and they actually mean it.  They will throw your ass out for using your cell phone during a movie.
 
2013-05-16 01:26:41 PM  

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


If this had been anywhere else I would probably have unwittingly agreed on your implied racist post but as this happened in NYC it's actually fair game. Could very well be a blond blue eyed socialite and her equally rude friends.
 
2013-05-16 01:27:55 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Is view those regulations as more of a guideline, especially considering how they were implemented with no real input from anyone except cell phone interests.


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.

You say "cell phone interests" like they're some sinister group. For sure, the telecoms make money off of the cell phone business, but so does everyone else. My grandfather has this great story where is car broke down on the middle of the interstate in bumfark nowhere and he ended up sleeping in his car overnight before someone found him. We couldn't have cell phones without some regulation of the RF spectrum, whether its self-imposed by the industry or imposed by the government.

And yeah, when you use a jammer you're declaring that you're more important than everyone else around you. 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. I'm not excusing poor etiquette, but using a jammer negatively impacts that person who is being rude, but also everyone else who was polite enough to put their device on vibrate.
 
2013-05-16 01:28:54 PM  

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

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


You think a judge will give someone time or a fine for a slap?  What about destroying a $500 phone?  If I was her I would still sue and take the chance of this pussy filling a charge on a girl slapping him for breaking her phone.

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.
 
2013-05-16 01:29:51 PM  

metallion: Biatch has no commonn courtesy, but the guy who grabbed the phone will be the one sued for it..


That's OK.  Then he can sue the theater for not making those tools STFU.
 
2013-05-16 01:32:53 PM  

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 not side with this guy and do something collectively.
 
2013-05-16 01:33:21 PM  
I hope that she does press charges so that she can be publicly shamed.
 
2013-05-16 01:33:48 PM  

Fubini: Marcus Aurelius: Is view those regulations as more of a guideline, especially considering how they were implemented with no real input from anyone except cell phone interests.

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.

You say "cell phone interests" like they're some sinister group. For sure, the telecoms make money off of the cell phone business, but so does everyone else. My grandfather has this great story where is car broke down on the middle of the interstate in bumfark nowhere and he ended up sleeping in his car overnight before someone found him. We couldn't have cell phones without some regulation of the RF spectrum, whether its self-imposed by the industry or imposed by the government.

And yeah, when you use a jammer you're declaring that you're more important than everyone else around you. 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. I'm not excusing poor etiquette, but using a jammer negatively impacts that person who is being rude, but also everyone else who was polite enough to put their device on vibrate.


All valid points.  I just happen to loathe cell phones with the passion of a millions suns.  And I only bring the jammer to concerts and movies.  If you really need to have a phone conversation during a show or a movie, you'll need to leave, or move at least six or seven rows away from me.  Because my jammer said so.
 
2013-05-16 01:36:40 PM  

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

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

You think a judge will give someone time or a fine for a slap?  What about destroying a $500 phone?  If I was her I would still sue and take the chance of this pussy filling a charge on a girl slapping him for breaking her phone.

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.


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!
 
2013-05-16 01:36:48 PM  

Nogale: Just toward the end, a guy's cell phone started ringing and he wouldn't turn it off. Eventually, a guy sitting behind him jumped up and started hitting him!
Don't generally condone violence, but it was satisfying to watch.


Would have been a better story if, like, the guy had died during the screening.
 
2013-05-16 01:38:14 PM  

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.
 
2013-05-16 01:38:19 PM  

BigNumber12: 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. And once the performance resumed, 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,"


I farking hate people so much. Honestly, I'm more and more convinced that there's a sizable percentage of the population that simply lacks the maturity or mental capacity to simultaneously own a cell phone and behave as a participant in civilized society. It's like watching restless, undisciplined children at a restaurant with their parents - these 'adults' are utterly incapable of sitting still and focusing on the task at hand. I won't even go into the soaring estimation of relative worth that people have about themselves - "my 'business' here on my cell phone is so important that it outweighs the entire purpose of everyone else's presence in the room." And utterly incapable of accepting any level of correction in anything resembling dignified fashion. Like a petulant, impertinent little child.

I find myself thinking about this article all the time.


Ha-ha, that's a good one; however, it appears to be far less satire than you would ordinarily expect from the Onion, sadly.
 
2013-05-16 01:38:31 PM  

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


Well, it was dinner theater. As in, a play. So what I suspect you're suspecting may not be quite as likely as you think. Seriously, look at the picture in the article.
 
2013-05-16 01:38:32 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: All valid points. I just happen to loathe cell phones with the passion of a millions suns. And I only bring the jammer to concerts and movies. If you really need to have a phone conversation during a show or a movie, you'll need to leave, or move at least six or seven rows away from me. Because my jammer said so.


I've never seen someone use a phone during a movie, before the movie I've seen it and I even play games on my phone before it starts but once the movie goes I'm more interested in the movie than the people around me so who really cares if someone is playing with their phone.
 
2013-05-16 01:38:57 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.


You sound fragile.
 
2013-05-16 01:39:07 PM  
Isn't this where WhiskeyStick demands we chop off someone's hand?
 
2013-05-16 01:39:10 PM  
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.
 
2013-05-16 01:39:49 PM  
Joining bank robing and drug dealing on the acquit list.
 
2013-05-16 01:40:05 PM  

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
 
2013-05-16 01:40:21 PM  
An NRO writer? Let's pause the circle jerk for a minute until we know whether it really happened or not.
 
2013-05-16 01:40:56 PM  
the money is in the banana stand:

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.

You didn't read the article closely enough.
 
2013-05-16 01:42:01 PM  

TNel: Marcus Aurelius: All valid points. I just happen to loathe cell phones with the passion of a millions suns. And I only bring the jammer to concerts and movies. If you really need to have a phone conversation during a show or a movie, you'll need to leave, or move at least six or seven rows away from me. Because my jammer said so.

I've never seen someone use a phone during a movie, before the movie I've seen it and I even play games on my phone before it starts but once the movie goes I'm more interested in the movie than the people around me so who really cares if someone is playing with their phone.


Tiered seating? IMAX? 3D? Anyone that farking pulls their phone out the screen lights up like Christmas and is insanely distracting. I don't care, I only watch movies at Alamo Drafthouse. No one farks around there or they take your ass out. Got to love being able to raise a white piece of paper and have the douches next to you escorted out. Bonus, you have to be of age to enter since they serve alcohol during the movie.
 
2013-05-16 01:42:14 PM  
She slapped him. She's not going to press charges after that. She'll just move on. I wonder what Judge Judy would say about this one.
 
2013-05-16 01:43:59 PM  

TNel: Marcus Aurelius: All valid points. I just happen to loathe cell phones with the passion of a millions suns. And I only bring the jammer to concerts and movies. If you really need to have a phone conversation during a show or a movie, you'll need to leave, or move at least six or seven rows away from me. Because my jammer said so.

I've never seen someone use a phone during a movie, before the movie I've seen it and I even play games on my phone before it starts but once the movie goes I'm more interested in the movie than the people around me so who really cares if someone is playing with their phone.


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?
 
2013-05-16 01:45:00 PM  
It's too bad.  She was coming right at him.  Stupid New York.  It it was Texas it would have been self-defense.
 
2013-05-16 01:45:47 PM  

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

If this had been anywhere else I would probably have unwittingly agreed on your implied racist post but as this happened in NYC it's actually fair game. Could very well be a blond blue eyed socialite and her equally rude friends.


Yeah because white people never act like assholes anywhere outside of NYC
 
2013-05-16 01:45:54 PM  

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. I don't care, I only watch movies at Alamo Drafthouse. No one farks around there or they take your ass out. Got to love being able to raise a white piece of paper and have the douches next to you escorted out. Bonus, you have to be of age to enter since they serve alcohol during the movie


I keep hearing about that place.  I'm going to have to stop in the next time I'm in Texas.
 
2013-05-16 01:46:53 PM  

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.
 
2013-05-16 01:47:00 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.


You can detain someone after a crime is committed while the police are called. Same way mall security can detain shoplifters without being actual police officers.
 
2013-05-16 01:48:20 PM  
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
 
2013-05-16 01:48:20 PM  

kronicfeld: 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.


There you go, having to get all "law talking" and sh*t.
 
2013-05-16 01:48:39 PM  
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.
 
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.
 
2013-05-16 02:20:00 PM  

Mayostard: voran: Dude, you're a TF'er

Being a TF'er is just proof that I occasionally make poor decisions with my money.


On an unrelated note, I have an excellent investment opportunity to talk to you about. :)
 
2013-05-16 02:22:21 PM  

coeyagi: 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.

No, he doesn't.  F*CK YOU, YOU STUPID WHORE AT THE PLAY.  Everyone in 21st century America knows you DON'T do that sh*t, and you deserved to be ass-raped by concertina wire for the next 14 years for doing it.


well.....now.  You feel better?
 
2013-05-16 02:22:49 PM  
I actually walked out of a Los Lobos concert because of the assbanana next to me taking a flash photo with his iPhone every 3 farking seconds. I've never wanted to beat someone senseless so much in my life.
 
2013-05-16 02:23:21 PM  

skozlaw: 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.


It looks like FCC enforcement is primarily against fixed locations and the sellers of the devices.  Someone using a battery powered pocket jammer will be very hard to triangulate, since most of the units need a button held down in order to transmit their signal.  And with only two enforcement actions listed in all of 2013, it's not like they're putting in a lot of effort.
 
2013-05-16 02:25:59 PM  

phenn: I actually walked out of a Los Lobos concert because of the assbanana next to me taking a flash photo with his iPhone every 3 farking seconds. I've never wanted to beat someone senseless so much in my life.


I'm not saying you should do it.  But....I understand.
 
2013-05-16 02:27:13 PM  

skozlaw: 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.


Portable jammer have a range from 6-70 feet in the open air with no walls.  That drops conciderably when you enter a building and as the battery's charge is being drained, the range drops even further. Most folks have jammers that cover a 10-20 foot range with full batteries. Portable jammers normally are not going to be blocking a signal outside of the theater room they are in and sometimes will not cover the entire room.

The Permanent jammers, yeah, those would be blocking legit traffic as they can be tuned for even larger coverage and don't lose power over time (hooked up via an outlet).
 
2013-05-16 02:28:09 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.


If it's critical, you can set it to vibrate and excuse yourself when you check who it's from.

One of the jobs I applied for was lead engineer for the ambulance service.  It might be nice to be able to get in touch with the people who can fix 911 and poison control if/when those services stop working.

Bschott007: 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.


The problem is entering the building as a first responder.  It'll also jam the radios that the police and fire departments use, and those are used for trivial things like the "man down" alarms, evacuate signals, calls for backup.

What your'e suggesting is making a building most hazardous to enter when it's most likely to be full of people.

The problem isn't the phones, it's the users.

This isn't the image I was looking for.  I wanted to find that musical score with the red notes superimposed on it and when you read it it's a ringtone.  GIS for "this is not in the score" only turns up blocked sites at work.
wired.com
 
2013-05-16 02:29:07 PM  
TIL: Where to buy a good mobile phone jammer. Also the word "assbanana."
 
2013-05-16 02:29:30 PM  

skozlaw: you're also blocking 20 perfectly normal people from making legitimate, non-interrupting calls the offices two rooms over


I WISH my unit had that kind of range.  We're talking about 25 feet max.
 
2013-05-16 02:29:38 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

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


Stupid question alert:

Do the jammers block 4G as well? So does it render a mobile phone completely useless or just calls and texting?
 
2013-05-16 02:29:44 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....


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.
 
2013-05-16 02:31:49 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.
 
2013-05-16 02:31:50 PM  

Bschott007: Most folks have jammers that cover a 10-20 foot range with full batteries. Portable jammers normally are not going to be blocking a signal outside of the theater room they are in and sometimes will not cover the entire room


^ This.
 
2013-05-16 02:32:07 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: 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.


Bullseyed: 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.


Not a conviction or even an arrest but right up that alley.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/03/01/10549420-man-who-admitted -j amming-cell-phones-a-lot-of-people-are-extremely-loud?lite
 
2013-05-16 02:33:57 PM  

Fubini: Marcus Aurelius: Is view those regulations as more of a guideline, especially considering how they were implemented with no real input from anyone except cell phone interests.

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.

You say "cell phone interests" like they're some sinister group. For sure, the telecoms make money off of the cell phone business, but so does everyone else. My grandfather has this great story where is car broke down on the middle of the interstate in bumfark nowhere and he ended up sleeping in his car overnight before someone found him. We couldn't have cell phones without some regulation of the RF spectrum, whether its self-imposed by the industry or imposed by the government.

And yeah, when you use a jammer you're declaring that you're more important than everyone else around you. 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. I'm not excusing poor etiquette, but using a jammer negatively impacts that person who is being rude, but also everyone else who was polite enough to put their device on vibrate.


WTF are you doing in a play (or other non-cell friendly environment) if your wife is in labor or your kid is at school?
 
2013-05-16 02:34:18 PM  

theMagni: If it's critical, you can set it to vibrate and excuse yourself when you check who it's from.


You'd think people could figure this out. But alas, such reasoning seems to be beyond so many mobile phone users. And unfortunately, the same folks who are unable to figure out how to silence the ringtones are the same ones who think that, because they can't actually see the person they're talking to, this means they must talk very, very loud so the person will hear them. Which is why you often have to hear conversations like, "HELLO? WHAT? YEAH? NO, I'M IN A MOVIE THEATER. I SAID I'M IN A THEATER. I'M WATCHING A MOVIE. YES A MOVIE. WHAT? IRON MAN. NO, IRON MAN. MAN. YEAH. IT'S A MOVIE. AT THE THEATER. NO IT HASN'T STARTED YET. WHAT? I SAID IT HASN'T STARTED. THE MOVIE. THE MOVIE HASN'T STARTED. I'M WAITING. I SAID I'M WAITING. NOT MUCH. NO, THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE STARING AT ME. WHAT? STARING. THEY'RE STARING. NO, AT ME. NO I DON'T KNOW WHY."
 
2013-05-16 02:35:04 PM  

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
 
2013-05-16 02:35:52 PM  

Dog Welder: kkinnison: So obviously the manager had no balls and couldn't control the rude behavior of guests taht were using cell phones when they were told not to

More and more I would like theaters to have cell phone jamming devices active during performances , or even giant Faraday cages

It's for this reason I really want to visit the Alamo Draft House to see a movie at some point.  They tell you they have zero tolerance for this shiat, and they actually mean it.  They will throw your ass out for using your cell phone during a movie.


'tis true.

/seen it
//smiled
 
2013-05-16 02:36:45 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: skozlaw: you're also blocking 20 perfectly normal people from making legitimate, non-interrupting calls the offices two rooms over

I WISH my unit had that kind of range.  We're talking about 25 feet max.


Your unit is probably one of the smaller, hand-held ones?  I want one myself as my bigger unit is kinda hard to hide and warms up really fast.  Sure it covers a larger area but the battery life is only ~90 minutes.  The smallers ones jam a smaller area but you can get 120 minutes of use out of them if not more.

titwrench: Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

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

Stupid question alert:

Do the jammers block 4G as well? So does it render a mobile phone completely useless or just calls and texting?


Depends on your jammer.  You need to do your research (like anything else you would buy online) before making a purchase.  Most sites will tell you a) What the range of the jammer is b) the expected battery life with continuous use c) the frequencies it will jam.

The jammer only blocks calls and texts but does not keep someone from using their phone's apps or other non-radio related features.
 
2013-05-16 02:39:25 PM  

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

Aborigine male


And he's made because his cell phone won't come back.
 
2013-05-16 02:40:06 PM  

moos: Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

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

Don't those violate FCC regulations?


Yes they are and I disagree with their use in commercial environments (theaters, restaurants, etc.). Doctors and first responders need the ability to be reached for emergencies and jammers prevent that. Most intelligent people know to put their phones on mute when it's necessary so that makes the use of jammers pointless.
 
2013-05-16 02:40:19 PM  

meanmutton: 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.

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


It's not violence if a woman does it because EmpowermentTM
 
2013-05-16 02:40:33 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.


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2013-05-16 02:40:52 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

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


Link? I'm not seeing any from a reliable looking source for under $120.
 
2013-05-16 02:41:17 PM  

Edymnion: moos: Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

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

Don't those violate FCC regulations?

Yup, and if caught the penalty in the US for blocking radio signals in a public area can go over $100k.


GOOD!
 
2013-05-16 02:41:34 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


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 light up before the credits are OVER, I will personally jam that phone down your throat."

2/3rds of the theater erupted in applause. The other third looked annoyed.

But not a'one of 'em lit up. Had I seen who the dude was, I would have handed him a $10 and told him to buy a beer on me.

/CSS
 
2013-05-16 02:42:07 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Good!

And it appears this was a dinner theatre production, which just makes cell phone usage even more inconsiderate and annoying.


i2.ytimg.com
 
2013-05-16 02:42:37 PM  

DirkValentine: WTF are you doing in a play (or other non-cell friendly environment) if your wife is in labor or your kid is at school?


For the first, I would imagine they didn't expect the wife to go into labor right then. Those things come out early sometimes. For the second, seriously? Did you actually just ask that? Really? You honestly can't figure out why a parent of a child would want to go somewhere they can't bring the child during the only time they can go somewhere they can't bring the child?
 
2013-05-16 02:42:53 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: I WISH my unit had that kind of range. We're talking about 25 feet max.


Well, more power to you then, I suppose, but you're still just as big a self-important cock just as the people you're trying to stop.
 
2013-05-16 02:43:23 PM  

ShawnDoc: Marcus Aurelius: My hero.

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

Link? I'm not seeing any from a reliable looking source for under $120.


I'm pretty sure that posting a link will be frowned upon in this establishment.  Drop me an e-mail instead.
 
2013-05-16 02:44:03 PM  

moos: Don't those violate FCC regulations?


Bullseyed: Pretty sure using it in the way you imply here is a felony. Probably not likely to get caught though.


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


Are you a communications company with a license to worry about?  Otherwise the FCC can suck it.   Even if they have an enforcement jurisdiction here, they're too busy making sure poeple don't cause the apocalypse by accidentally broadcasting some random player's F-bomb during a football game to worry about John Q Public jamming phones from his hip pocket in a theatre.  It's like the people I knoew growing up that used to be afraid to put linear amps on CB radios (300 watts of antenna-frying goodness, baby!) because they actually belived someone in authority would give a shiat enough to track them down.

And yes, he's legally in the wrong for destroying someone's property, however this amounts to the sort of misdemeanor that becomes a source of pride.  Like folks who get arrested at demonstrations for trespassing or obstruction.

Good for the guy.

Bschott007: I certainly will use it when I go to Fast 6


Aaaand...you lost me.  The fact that you are one of those who watches Ricer Porn is an automatic 10-point deduction.

I'll bet you drive a 1995 Honda Civic with 60% bondo, 10% rust, blacked-out windows (that don't roll down anymore) chrome exhaust connected to a corroding engine in desperate need of a valve job...and a $3,000 stereo.  All spray-painted in a nice pastel tangerine.

Oh, and a whale tail.  Can't forget the whale tail.

The only differece between the Twilight audience and the F&F audience is that most of the twilight audience has already come out of the closet.
 
2013-05-16 02:44:03 PM  

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


Since spitting in someone's drink is felony assault, I can only imagine what that action would entail.
 
2013-05-16 02:47:20 PM  

Bschott007: Your unit is probably one of the smaller, hand-held ones?


About the size of a pack of cigarettes.  Small enough to keep in your pocket, with a button on the side you can press through your clothing.
 
2013-05-16 02:48:03 PM  

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.


You're probably too stupid to understand, but the assault charges would be against the guy, not the girl. Self defense isn't illegal and property damage in the manner described is usually categorized as assault.
 
2013-05-16 02:48:55 PM  

kiwimoogle84: 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 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 light up before the credits are OVER, I will personally jam that phone down your throat."

2/3rds of the theater erupted in applause. The other third looked annoyed.

But not a'one of 'em lit up. Had I seen who the dude was, I would have handed him a $10 and told him to buy a beer on me.

/CSS


Please find that man. I must marry him. Or at least reward him in some way.

/He'll probably ask for cash for his AMC Stubs card or something.
 
2013-05-16 02:49:00 PM  

TNel: Marcus Aurelius: All valid points. I just happen to loathe cell phones with the passion of a millions suns. And I only bring the jammer to concerts and movies. If you really need to have a phone conversation during a show or a movie, you'll need to leave, or move at least six or seven rows away from me. Because my jammer said so.

I've never seen someone use a phone during a movie, before the movie I've seen it and I even play games on my phone before it starts but once the movie goes I'm more interested in the movie than the people around me so who really cares if someone is playing with their phone.


I have, and it's farking annoying as hell.  Even "just" googling something?  that screen lights up like a supernova, ffs.
 
2013-05-16 02:49:06 PM  

skozlaw: Marcus Aurelius: I WISH my unit had that kind of range. We're talking about 25 feet max.

Well, more power to you then, I suppose, but you're still just as big a self-important cock just as the people you're trying to stop.


The difference is that the self-important cock on the phone is distracting everyone else within eye or ear-shot while almost no one would realize that Marcus's jammer is in use.  Most people wouldn't even realize it was a jammer and believe it to be bad reception or a glitch.  I'll take a theatre full of folks like Marcus over a theater full of people using their smartphones during the movie.
 
2013-05-16 02:49:45 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.


You're laughably wrong. It is very common for businesses to hold criminals until the police can arrive. It usually is against store policy to do so though.
 
2013-05-16 02:50:44 PM  
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!"
 
2013-05-16 02:51:40 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.


Unless the chucklehead in questions decides he just HAS to hold his phone up in front of his big fat head.

Let's just say it's a good thing I didn't have a baseball bat...
 
2013-05-16 02:52:03 PM  

Nogale: Just toward the end, a guy's cell phone started ringing and he wouldn't turn it off. Eventually, a guy sitting behind him jumped up and started hitting him!
Don't generally condone violence, but it was satisfying to watch.


Congratulations, you're predisposed to serial killing.

Have you ever killed small animals for fun?
 
2013-05-16 02:53:35 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.


The sad thing is that this your behavior was appropriate and the theater itself should have done exactly what you did, however, today that would end up in a lawsuit as well as the employee being hurt or worse. I would bet more citizens would do what you did also if it wasn't for fear that ghetto person x would retaliate or try to kill them. Sadly, the person you handled has more rights and is more protected than you and others. The likelihood they will reform is slim to none as they have gone through their entire life getting their way because they are louder than others and haven't been put in their place.
 
2013-05-16 02:54:50 PM  

BigNumber12: there's a sizable percentage of the population that simply lacks the maturity or mental capacity to [...] behave as a participant in civilized society.


Like people who commit assault because they can't handle minding their own business.

Perhaps if a kindergarten teacher had been present she could have told the guy to sit on his hands and face the front.
 
2013-05-16 02:54:53 PM  
Highroller48:

Bschott007: I certainly will use it when I go to Fast 6

Aaaand...you lost me.  The fact that you are one of those who watches Ricer Porn is an automatic 10-point deduction.


Not that it will change your opinion of me but I promised my sister I would take my nephew to see this so she could have a date night out with her husband.

I'll bet you drive a 1995 Honda Civic with 60% bondo, 10% rust, blacked-out windows (that don't roll down anymore) chrome exhaust connected to a corroding engine in desperate need of a valve job...and a $3,000 stereo.  All spray-painted in a nice pastel tangerine.

Oh, and a whale tail.  Can't forget the whale tail.

The only differece between the Twilight audience and the F&F audience is that most of the twilight audience has already come out of the closet.


I had to laugh at that.  Actually it's a stock Chevy Equinox.  Nice try though.
 
2013-05-16 02:55:41 PM  

thurstonxhowell: DirkValentine: WTF are you doing in a play (or other non-cell friendly environment) if your wife is in labor or your kid is at school?

For the first, I would imagine they didn't expect the wife to go into labor right then. Those things come out early sometimes. For the second, seriously? Did you actually just ask that? Really? You honestly can't figure out why a parent of a child would want to go somewhere they can't bring the child during the only time they can go somewhere they can't bring the child?


I'm thinking if your wife is pregnant to the point of possibly going into labor you aren't out seeing plays?  Aren't plays usually at night?  In the evening after school is over?  Yes, I know, after school band/sports practice, but that's not all the time, every night.  Also, it wasn't go "somewhere", we are talking about a fixed time event that people know not to be using their cell phone during.
 
2013-05-16 02:56:43 PM  

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

If this had been anywhere else I would probably have unwittingly agreed on your implied racist post but as this happened in NYC it's actually fair game. Could very well be a blond blue eyed socialite and her equally rude friends.


It was a play, not a movie theater showing Tyler Perry films. I'm fairly sure the audience was all white.
 
2013-05-16 02:56:48 PM  
On the AMTRAK quite car one time some biatch is yapping behind me for about 20 minutes.  If it was a short phone call, no problem.  If it was a whispered phone call, no problem.  But this biatch had her volume set to 11.  So I take out my phone, set a ring tone so it sounds like it is rininging pick it up and say, "Hi, listen I can't talk right now, I am in the quiet car, besided the coont behind me is yelling in her phone so I couldn't hear you anyway, I will call you back later".

She was completely unphased...
 
2013-05-16 02:58:22 PM  

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

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

You think a judge will give someone time or a fine for a slap?  What about destroying a $500 phone?  If I was her I would still sue and take the chance of this pussy filling a charge on a girl slapping him for breaking her phone.

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.


Dark room, bright LCD screen, it's distracting if it's in your line of site regardless if you're trying to look at it or not....
 
2013-05-16 02:58:57 PM  

TNel: 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.


I would have too. The guy sounds like an unemployed theater major jackoff, but that felony assault record would make sure he never gets a job again.
 
2013-05-16 02:59:03 PM  

Bullseyed: BigNumber12: there's a sizable percentage of the population that simply lacks the maturity or mental capacity to [...] behave as a participant in civilized society.

Like people who commit assault because they can't handle minding their own business.

Perhaps if a kindergarten teacher had been present she could have told the guy to sit on his hands and face the front.


You sound concerned.
 
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
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
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?
 
gja
2013-05-16 03:57:55 PM  

ciberido: 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.


No, on all points. You are wrong-wrong-wrongedy-wrong!

I was in a movie not long ago when a guy got up next to me an said "sorry, gotta go right now, my boy just got hurt playing hockey".
No ringer went off, so he clearly had it on vibrate or whatever. Bottom line is he was perfectly civil about it and that's that.

You would have everyone stay at home all day and do nothing on the contingency something might transpire. Asinine.
 
gja
2013-05-16 04:00:44 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: 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?


LOL, I am SO happy you brought that up. It so caught me off guard my mind went into the "Lewis Black-'if it werent for my horse' state.
 
2013-05-16 04:00:58 PM  

gadian: 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.


One of my college professors had a rule, stated at the beginning of the semester: you get one free pass with your cellphone. After that each time it rings during class time she took one half point off the letter grade of the next test (b to b-), and if she saw you talking or texting during class it would count for one half off the letter grade for the entire semester.
I heard one phone go off the entire 16 weeks of class. The first few minutes of each period were spent putting phones on vibrate or shutting them off.

It was glorious.
 
2013-05-16 04:01:26 PM  
The production is ''a swinging cabaret-type musical adaptation loosely adapted from
Leo Tolstoy's War_and_Peace''?!?

Hm. Maybe she was calling for a lift home?...
 
2013-05-16 04:01:37 PM  

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.


Physical attack is battery, whether it's a slap or a knock-out punch. Assault includes verbal exchanges. If I yell specifically at you, calling you names and threatening your life, but haven't touched you, then that's assault. Battery is when I add touching you (especially with a fist or knee). Pushing a person around may still be within the realm of assault. A kick to the nuts would be battery.
 
2013-05-16 04:01:43 PM  

Bullseyed: TNel: 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.

I would have too. The guy sounds like an unemployed theater major jackoff, but that felony assault record would make sure he never gets a job again.


Seriously.... just be an asshole! It's just a real cool thing to be in the 21st century!  -Bullseyed

In all honesty, f*ck you, it's distracting just seeing the light, or maybe you don't understand how "eyes" work.
 
2013-05-16 04:02:13 PM  

HAMMERTOE: Personally, I'd have liked to put it in her drink. Preferably with a decent splash.


Wouldn't work.  It would just bounce off the little umbrellas.
 
2013-05-16 04:02:58 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: 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.


If it's ok for you to do it then it's ok for everyone to do it. Try watching a movie with a few dozen (or more) "5 second flickers". In the olden days, people were incommunicado for much of the time. Somehow most of us survived. Try turning off your phone. The world probably won't end.
 
2013-05-16 04:04:41 PM  

coeyagi: Bullseyed: TNel: 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.

I would have too. The guy sounds like an unemployed theater major jackoff, but that felony assault record would make sure he never gets a job again.

Seriously.... just be an asshole! It's just a real cool thing to be in the 21st century!  -Bullseyed

In all honesty, f*ck you, it's distracting just seeing the light, or maybe you don't understand how "eyes" work.


It's not like I am holding my damn phone above me like I am frickin He-Man.

I HAVE.... THE PHONE CALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!
 
2013-05-16 04:04:54 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.


Inappropriate cell phone user spotted.
 
2013-05-16 04:05:36 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: 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?


rubi_con_man: 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.


That has to be, without a shadow of a doubt, the stupidest, most how-the-f*ck-do-you-come-up-such-retarded-f*cking-comments... comment.  Ever.
Seriously.

I don't even know what else to say to that.
 
2013-05-16 04:06:12 PM  
TNel:

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.

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 are incorrect on all counts. Even on waist level with tiered seating, you can see it. Every one I have seen who thinks they are hiding their phone in this manner holds it down and to the side. Where I can clearly see it. Do you really think a tiny LED flashlight blaring in the corner of my eye isn't distracting? If so, congrats on being wrong.

Does it cause you immense pain to not be able to text constantly during a movie? Do you absolutely 100% need to text or play games on your phone constantly throughout a movie?

Is it really that hard to be polite and turn off your phone when the giant screen tells you to?

I might not resort to tossing your phone around, but people who do this deserve to be scolded and put in time-out like the children they are.
 
2013-05-16 04:06:22 PM  

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: Odd Bird:
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.


Glad to hear you have a place now.
 
2013-05-16 04:08:53 PM  

Mayostard: Jim from Saint Paul: 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?

rubi_con_man: 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.

That has to be, without a shadow of a doubt, the stupidest, most how-the-f*ck-do-you-come-up-such-retarded-f*cking-comments... comment.  Ever.
Seriously.

I don't even know what else to say to that.


I think this guy is th reason we don;t have an edit function on Fark.

Because lord knows he'd take it back.

/I hope
 
2013-05-16 04:08:54 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....snip ...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.


I was with you until the part about the concealed weapon. I thought one of your responsibilities when carrying was to remain non confrontational, especially about relatively trivial matters... almost sounds like you're trying to get in a situation where you can shoot someone.
 
2013-05-16 04:09:35 PM  

Bullseyed: You're laughably wrong. It is very common for businesses to hold criminals until the police can arrive. It usually is against store policy to do so though.



Really?  In what way would the "shopkeeper's privilege" apply considering no theft has occurred?  Further, the reason it is usually against store policy, is because "unlawful" restraint is also a civil matter and if the allegation proves false the store will be held liable, usually for far more than the value of the goods.
 
2013-05-16 04:10:13 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 ...


whoa there, Jitterbug.  Very little of what you said is relevant.  You should step down off your high-horse before you break a leg.
 
2013-05-16 04:10:21 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: 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.


Your precious snowflake won't die before the movie is over.  If the kid is in serious trouble the babysitter should be calling 911, not your egotistical ass.  You know, there was a time when we didn't have cellphones, and the human race didn't die off.  Somehow we managed without them.  Nobody is farking with you; you're just another self-important douchbag, which is bad enough, but now you want to be belligerent about it?  Fine.  Go fark yourself, asshat, and your stupid broke-arm kid.

You're just not nearly as important as you think you are.
 
2013-05-16 04:10:31 PM  

Rik01: 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.


its a public safety issue.

Its awesome to bring a pocket jammer into a movie theater until some psycho starts shooting and nobody can get a signal enough to call 911
 
2013-05-16 04:13:39 PM  

Jument: f it's ok for you to do it then it's ok for everyone to do it. Try watching a movie with a few dozen (or more) "5 second flickers". In the olden days, people were incommunicado for much of the time. Somehow most of us survived. Try turning off your phone. The world probably won't end.


A few dozen? Really? I mean, I went to IM 3 in the last few weeks 100 people in the audience. Didn;t notice one cell phone while the movie was on. Maybe I can focuse more intently then others, yet I am rivited by the movie I am watching enough to not really see those around me and any fiddling they are doing.
 
2013-05-16 04:13:46 PM  

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.