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(Bay News 9)   Two shot, one dead in movie theater dispute over texting. Shhh   (baynews9.com) divider line 59
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2014-01-13 03:59:38 PM  
14 votes:
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2014-01-13 04:22:39 PM  
10 votes:
Our 16th president died the same way.
2014-01-13 03:56:57 PM  
6 votes:

DanZero: Thank you for not picking one of the bazillion stories with a NewsFlash tag.

CSB following:

Went to see a movie one Friday night (Cloverfield). A fight broke out near where I was sitting over a text message apparently (this was before the movie started). These 2 guys get into it and they're rolling over rows of seats (stadium seating) till they get to the bottom level of seats. They're not hurt, and one chases another out of the theater.

What is it about texts anyway?


At least you saw one good show that day.
2014-01-13 05:40:51 PM  
4 votes:
They pull a cell phone, you pull a gun.

That's the i.imgur.com way!
2014-01-13 04:21:38 PM  
4 votes:

silverjets: Hollywood wants to get people back to the theaters?  Try building a theater where I can see and hear the movie but I can't see or hear the morons around me


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2014-01-13 04:19:06 PM  
4 votes:
That's how Mitchell would handle it

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2014-01-14 02:21:38 PM  
3 votes:

Confabulat: IPKnightly: He was shot because he assaulted the former officer, and caused him to fear for his safety

Popcorn is an assault? hehe


And a buttery.
2014-01-13 07:45:35 PM  
3 votes:
He was a gangbanger. It just so happens his gang color was blue.
2014-01-13 07:43:38 PM  
3 votes:
Yup, just another Southron Mensa member "standing his ground" against a thug with an iPhone 5.  I'll bet the phone terrorist had a bag of dangerous assault skittles in his pocket as well.
2014-01-13 04:11:40 PM  
3 votes:

jaytkay: You gun nuts really need to calm down and stop this nonsense.


I bet the texting dude was an Obama plant, there for the purposes of baiting a freedom living law abiding citizen who was obviously just defending himself into shooting someone, so that Obama can bring in his sekrit Muslim Kenyan storm troopers and instill martial law in theaters across the God Blessed USA.
2014-01-13 04:06:20 PM  
3 votes:
These guns sound more fun every time I read about them. Where can I get one?
2014-01-13 03:58:34 PM  
3 votes:
The woman victim was a lone survivor, how apropos
2014-01-14 04:38:34 PM  
2 votes:

TNel: The old man is now trying to build his case for Stand Your Ground saying he feared being attacked because an unknown item was thrown at him..... bag of popcorn sure is scary.


Well at a movie theater, each kernal is more expensive than a bullet.
2014-01-14 12:32:30 PM  
2 votes:

dukesboy: Went to see "Frozen" with wife and 12 y/o daughter after Christmas. Woman came in with like a dozen kids about 6 y/o after movie started and couldn't figure out why we were pissed at her for shining her flashlight app in our faces trying to get her litter(s) settled.


A woman brought CHILDREN to a DISNEY MOVIE...and was trying to seat them?! THAT B*TCH!
2014-01-14 10:59:09 AM  
2 votes:
It's easier to stand your ground on a sticky floor.
2014-01-14 09:11:27 AM  
2 votes:
And they probably still had to pay the babysitter
2014-01-13 11:41:56 PM  
2 votes:
Here's what I think really happened. No joke. The old man hadn't been to the movies in over a decade. He's also an extreme right-winger who listens to Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh on the radio all day, so he's typically in a bad mood about society as a regular part of his normal thinking process.

This morning, Glenn Beck tells him on the radio to go see this particular movie, because it is about our patriot soldiers. So he decides to go for it, then draws an unfortunate seat behind the texter. Drawing on both his history as a retired police officer, and his anger for society, he loses it for a split second, and here we are.

Fark you, Glenn Beck.
2014-01-13 05:56:15 PM  
2 votes:

Confabulat: Retired police officer, huh? Someone has the PSTD.


A retired cop in  Wesley Chapel with PSTD? Did some teenagers outun him during his security gig at the corner Wal*Mart?
2014-01-13 04:21:47 PM  
2 votes:
They should just play this news story before every movie.
2014-01-13 04:01:36 PM  
2 votes:

dkimball: They forgot the import part...What movie were they going to watch?


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2014-01-13 03:59:41 PM  
2 votes:

jaytkay: You gun texting nuts really need to calm down and stop this nonsense.

2014-01-13 03:57:34 PM  
2 votes:
The best way to stop a bad cinema patron with a text is with a good cinema patron with a text.
2014-01-13 03:57:03 PM  
2 votes:
Does texting wind you up in the special hell?
2014-01-13 03:56:54 PM  
2 votes:
I don't agree, but I understand.
2014-01-14 05:08:36 PM  
1 votes:
A salt and buttery.
2014-01-14 03:10:46 PM  
1 votes:

TNel: Jim from Saint Paul: I am sure it was actually IN THE FACE. Like the lady WAVED IT IN FRONT OF HER shouting BEGONE FOUL DEMON FROM THY SEATS!

LOL yeah I bet she was using it to see and maybe it tilted in his direction and his panties got all binded up.  Jesus people if you care so much about your movie going experience that much maybe you should just wait till it's on blu-ray.


I got a case of the lulz reading Jim's comment but didn't take him seriously.  Judging from your comment, though, he was serious and at least one other person agrees with him.

So, we've got a disturbing number of people who are OK with the dude getting shot for texting during the previews.  On the other end of the spectrum, some of you are OK with someone showing up late for a movie and using a flashlight.  I'd like to get these two groups together for a movie screening.
2014-01-14 02:51:30 PM  
1 votes:

LordBeavis: SacriliciousBeerSwiller: dukesboy: Went to see "Frozen" with wife and 12 y/o daughter after Christmas. Woman came in with like a dozen kids about 6 y/o after movie started and couldn't figure out why we were pissed at her for shining her flashlight app in our faces trying to get her litter(s) settled.

A woman brought CHILDREN to a DISNEY MOVIE...and was trying to seat them?! THAT B*TCH!

Are you for realsies?  I, along with most people I'm assuming, would also be upset if someone shined a flashlight in my face after the movie started.  Take your CHILDREN to a DISNEY MOVIE after it has started if you wish and I'll ignore the noise, let you pass in front of me and even move over to accomodate your entire brood of kids.  The flashlight to the face is a bit too far.


I am sure it was actually IN THE FACE. Like the lady WAVED IT IN FRONT OF HER shouting BEGONE FOUL DEMON FROM THY SEATS!
2014-01-14 02:28:09 PM  
1 votes:

Mugato: Confabulat: IPKnightly: He was shot because he assaulted the former officer, and caused him to fear for his safety

Popcorn is an assault? hehe

I'm assuming he's being a douchebag troll.


There's Farkers who believe that a child blowing bubbles in one's direction is committing assault.
2014-01-14 02:11:17 PM  
1 votes:

Techhell: IRQ12: dascott: At first I was like "well, finally" but then I was like "wait, during the PREVIEWS?"  Florida, sigh.

The movie has started when the previews are showing.  Some people are interested in them and they run after the showtime starts.

While what happened in the article is pure insanity it could have been avoided with the slightest amount of common courtesy for those around you.  Especially if you continue you text after someone has expressed it bothers them.

Ehh... if the retired cop had brought out a baton and smashed the phone, I'd agree with you. If he had smashed his hand, I'd still agree with you. If the retired cop had brought back pepper spray or mace or a taser, I'd say that he's getting close to crossing the line.

But when it comes to pulling a gun on someone over texting in a movie theatre, that's three degrees of magnitude above Pure Insanity. It's at a point where you have to be insane to give any sort of justification for it, even in a joking way.

Texting in a theatre is aggravating at worst. In no way, shape or form does it deserve any sort of deadly violence, and even non-deadly violence is an overreaction.



The douchebag was not shot because he was texting. He was shot because he assaulted the former officer, and caused him to fear for his safety. The officer was just standing his ground. Should be an easy acquittal.
2014-01-14 11:30:13 AM  
1 votes:
This answers the question of how you stop a bad man with a cell p[hone. Thanks, NRA.
2014-01-14 10:30:08 AM  
1 votes:
This altercation started during the previews, probably just after the announcement came on to silence your phones. Dad see's the announcement and decides to text? The old guy says something and instead of apologizing and turning the phone off dad decides to fight the issue, and continues fighting after management was informed?

If this stops just one person from picking up their phone during a movie, the dad did not die in vain. Now, instead of the long "silence your phone" clips before the previews, they can just remind the audience people have been killed texting.

Or, they can just include a movie mode in every phone that shows white on black at reduced brightness. This could be used during movies or the bus, anyplace that annoying white glow from these stupid phones gets on people's nerves. Could save the lives of many boorish, ignorant people.
2014-01-14 06:27:25 AM  
1 votes:

Confabulat: Retired police officer, huh? Someone has the PSTD.


Pretty Stupid Thing to Do?
2014-01-13 08:59:56 PM  
1 votes:

jaytkay: You gun nuts really need to calm down and stop this nonsense.


An armed theater is a polite theater...
2014-01-13 08:41:34 PM  
1 votes:
the old man is a hero . if more of you farking retards on your phones were shot in movies , restaurants and other places for all the godamn shjt you pull , the world would be better off . since its florida he will get off and hopefully be awarded a farking medal . anyone who disagrees is a farking jaggoff pussy .
2014-01-13 07:38:27 PM  
1 votes:

Mugato: Loaded Six String: What statement is there to make?

Before it came out that he was an ex-cop, all I heard (not here but from my gun toting friends) was that it must have been a criminal who got their piece on the black market. They seem to have disappeared.

/gun owner


My facebook page had lots of theories that he was a gangbanger and wondering if he was a person of color. No one offered up "71-year-old retired cop"
2014-01-13 06:51:53 PM  
1 votes:
I love a story with a happy ending.
2014-01-13 06:20:45 PM  
1 votes:

Dimensio: RevBigfoot: Prank Monkey: jaytkay: You gun nuts really need to calm down and stop this nonsense.

And if gun nuts you mean gang banger idiots I agree. We don't know anything about the guy who did this yet but I would bet you a whole $1 he was not carrying that gun legally.

Get your wallet out, the shooter was a retired cop. Sorry to shoot a hole in your gang banger theory...

Just another piece of evidence showing that the carrying of firearms should be restricted to law enforcement, active and retired.


Exactly. Old people and women should take their beatings.
2014-01-13 06:16:27 PM  
1 votes:

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: So a Responsible Gun Owner feels like a badass just cuz he's strapped and shoots the father of a 3 year old little girl for texting DURING THE PREVIEWS proving once again that all these tough-talking hobbyists are a bunch of pants-pissing cowards.


Retired cop.  He was probably aiming at the woman and accidentally killed the man.
2014-01-13 05:59:47 PM  
1 votes:
This movie is pretty obvious bait for GUN NUTS.

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So a Responsible Gun Owner feels like a badass just cuz he's strapped and shoots the father of a 3 year old little girl for texting DURING THE PREVIEWS proving once again that all these tough-talking hobbyists are a bunch of pants-pissing cowards.
2014-01-13 05:46:44 PM  
1 votes:

RevBigfoot: Prank Monkey: jaytkay: You gun nuts really need to calm down and stop this nonsense.

And if gun nuts you mean gang banger idiots I agree. We don't know anything about the guy who did this yet but I would bet you a whole $1 he was not carrying that gun legally.

Get your wallet out, the shooter was a retired cop. Sorry to shoot a hole in your gang banger theory...


Won't be hearing from him again unless it's under an alt.
2014-01-13 05:43:20 PM  
1 votes:

RevBigfoot: Prank Monkey: jaytkay: You gun nuts really need to calm down and stop this nonsense.

And if gun nuts you mean gang banger idiots I agree. We don't know anything about the guy who did this yet but I would bet you a whole $1 he was not carrying that gun legally.

Get your wallet out, the shooter was a retired cop. Sorry to shoot a hole in your gang banger theory...


Damn it. 7 min late. I wanted that dollar.

/auto correct turned "damnit" to "Hannity", and then to "Damon it".
2014-01-13 05:36:51 PM  
1 votes:

RevBigfoot: Prank Monkey: jaytkay: You gun nuts really need to calm down and stop this nonsense.

And if gun nuts you mean gang banger idiots I agree. We don't know anything about the guy who did this yet but I would bet you a whole $1 he was not carrying that gun legally.

Get your wallet out, the shooter was a retired cop. Sorry to shoot a hole in your gang banger theory...


Just another piece of evidence showing that the carrying of firearms should be restricted to law enforcement, active and retired.
2014-01-13 05:19:51 PM  
1 votes:

Big Beef Burrito: What ever happened to good, old-fashioned fisticuffs?



Sometimes even the threat of a good thrashing is enough to resolve the situation...

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Shut your traps and stop kicking the seats! We're trying to watch the movie! And if I have to tell you again, we're gonna take it outside and I'm gonna show you what it's like! You understand me? Now, shut your mouths or I'll shut 'em for ya, and if you think I'm kidding, just try me. Try me. Because I would love it!
2014-01-13 05:00:03 PM  
1 votes:
Local news is reporting "Popcorn was thrown"
2014-01-13 04:43:38 PM  
1 votes:

scottydoesntknow: Don't forget to turn off the read receipts on imessages. First time someone texted me with "I know you saw my text, why haven't you answered?!" I realized it did that and shut it off.


yes - thanks  - I did that, too.  I still probably don't know how to use all the bells and whistles on this thing.  Maybe I'll head to the movies and use that time to try and figure it out.
2014-01-13 04:34:07 PM  
1 votes:
Holy crap and I frequent that theater to see movies.. Maybe it will serve as a warning for people who love to pull out there phones and text during the film.. The main rule it should be is.. If the lights go down in the theater put your phones away.. I don't have a gun but I will have a large soda that can be thrown at a velocity to mess up peoples clothing and phone devices

Maybe I'm cold hearted.. but I don't pay 20$ to go see a film and text throughout the entire movie
2014-01-13 04:30:28 PM  
1 votes:

Tax Boy: silverjets: Hollywood wants to get people back to the theaters?  Try building a theater where I can see and hear the movie but I can't see or hear the morons around me

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We can dream.
2014-01-13 04:30:23 PM  
1 votes:
Idiot. Even with suppressor a gun is going to make more noise and a brighter flash than a phone.
2014-01-13 04:29:17 PM  
1 votes:
I like this article better:

"The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says two couples were sitting in front of each other, getting ready to watch the movie"
2014-01-13 04:19:49 PM  
1 votes:
I can see the theater previews already..

1. Friends don't let friends text in theaters.
2. Make it a movie night to remember - not a texting night to forget.
3. Think of your future, Think of your date, Then think before making that fatal mistake, Don't Text and Watch.
4. Live to enjoy the memory. Don't Text and Watch.
5. Create great memories, have lots of fun, and do your best to make your date safe for everyone.
6. Give your story a happy ending that you can remember, Don't Text and Watch!
7. It's choice, not chance, that determines your destiny.
8. U TXT, U WATCH, U LOSE
2014-01-13 04:16:12 PM  
1 votes:
Texting hasn't ever bugged me during movies. I don't know maybe it is because I can control where my eyes look.

Don't try it I'm special...
2014-01-13 04:14:07 PM  
1 votes:
The only solution to gun violence is more guns.

/The end.
2014-01-13 04:10:01 PM  
1 votes:

Satanus Maximus: These guns sound more fun every time I read about them. Where can I get one?


They hand them out as door prizes at all gun shows. That's the "gun show loophole".
2014-01-13 04:07:57 PM  
1 votes:
Do you know what really ruins a movie for me? Gunfire in the audience.
2014-01-13 04:03:56 PM  
1 votes:

dkimball: They forgot the import part...What movie were they going to watch?


Lone Survivor
2014-01-13 04:02:20 PM  
1 votes:
This movie's so good I gotta bust a cap in here!
2014-01-13 03:59:11 PM  
1 votes:

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: While I don't condone shooting someone for texting during a movie, I can certainly understand it.


This was during PREVIEWS.
2014-01-13 03:58:43 PM  
1 votes:
Authorities said the argument apparently began when the suspect became upset about noise the other couple was making while texting on a cell phone.

Justifiable homicide. Case dismissed.
2014-01-13 03:57:17 PM  
1 votes:
You gun nuts really need to calm down and stop this nonsense.
 
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