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2014-03-21 04:05:08 PM  

slayer199: How sad that we have to rent an entire movie theatre so our kids can watch a movie. Movie theatres are supposed to be open to the public. This is a kind gesture but does nothing to promote understanding, tolerance or acceptance

How sad it is that people feel that the majority of people paying for a movie should be subjected to a disturbance.  Wait until it comes out on video if your child cannot behave (irrespective of any limitation they may have).


Some theaters near me have special showings for people who might be disruptive OR react weirdly to the stimuli in the movie for whatever reason.  It's during the day, they don't turn the lights down all the way, the volume isn't quite as crazy, and it's acceptable for people to talk/walk around whatever it is.  It's pretty much made for families like the one in TFA.  Or anyone who just wants to go, for that matter.

But yeah at a normal showing, not so cool.

I should be in the kitchen: Or go when the theater is empty (weekday, matinee, whatever) and time your arrival so you miss the previews.


Also this. I don't want to see 20 minutes of regular product advertising and then 10 minutes of previews before the flick, so I always just show up late (I'm never at the movies right when it comes out, so it's usually not a problem finding a seat).
 
2014-03-21 04:07:11 PM  
I see you have a special needs child...allow me to assist you in the manner that you feel you should be:

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-03-21 04:07:20 PM  

durbnpoisn: Except that the only reason the company blocks it is that wherever it's coming from is already blacklisted for some reason.
I find that somewhat disturbing.
I'm just pointing out to everyone that the site in question here is using a backdoor.  And that's not cool.


It's called a link. AND it is from a Canadian website. A lot of ads are blocked merely for that reason. There is nothing that cbc.ca is doing that is incorrect, your IT staff (or more likely the canned proxy they are using) is blocking something that you think is legitimate, so talk to them, not cbc.ca.
 
2014-03-21 04:07:22 PM  

bingethinker:  Morons. You're not in your living room.


Run low on Apple threads for your insults?
 
2014-03-21 04:08:38 PM  

elvindeath: I once took the family on a vacation to Disney World.  We had reservations for lunch at a restaurant that, while not the most expensive in the "world", was going to cost us about $150 for a family of four.  We were seated next to an man or woman who looked to be in the 50s, who had a child of about 12 with them who was in a wheelchair, and clearly had multiple issues.  The two parents looked absolutely exhausted.  Two minutes after we were seated, the child started screaming / moaning so loud that I couldn't hear anyone at my table speaking.  It continued for 10 minutes, and the parents made no move to leave or attempt to calm the child (if that was even possible).  We sat there and had our lunch, and it was one of the worst experiences of my life.  Looking back, I should have said screw political correctness, and demanded to be moved or just left.

I don't care what your situation - or the situation of your child - if you cannot leave the house without your child ruining the environment of everyone around him/her, you do not leave your house with your child.


There is nothing wrong with discretely asking the host to reseat you.  Just because you don't want to be an ass and condemn or judge the challeneged family doesn't mean that you should have to endure it if accomodations can be made.
 
2014-03-21 04:09:24 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Mikey1969: Yeah it is. It's not an excuse for continuing a disturbance

True; that was my (perhaps poorly worded) statement was intended to say. Then again, I don't see a single short outburst as "causing a disturbance"; I've a bit thicker skin.


OK, fair enough. I do hope in the future that this woman modifies her movie trips in order to try and work WITH her community, whether it's going to matinees with less people, or just sitting out the previews.

OtherLittleGuy: Okay, those that need a second ssource other than The Blaze, here's a local account.

/haven't seen so many sober assholes than before a Patriots game in the 70s


FTA:

Walston is renting the Regal Cinema in Kingston for a showing of "Muppets Most Wanted." Close to 300 kids, including many with special needs, will attend.

As much as I think the woman was probably right in her account of the crowd and I think people need to not be such big dicks, I would STILL not want to be hanging out with even 20 kids with autism at a movie.
 
2014-03-21 04:09:48 PM  
Working face-to-face with customer for the past ten years, in retail and then foodservice, 99% of the time I've been told "my son is autistic" it's been a freakin' non-sequitur.

"Sorry, ma'am, we're clean outta Neo-Vortex Megasomething Batman, I even checked the basement."
"Oh!  But my son's autistic!"

Okay, what the fark you want me to do?  There's literally no type of special treatment we can give your son in this case, lady, follow me to a computer terminal and find out if they got it at any of our other branches, like everybody else has to do if they really want that toy for their little angel.
 
2014-03-21 04:11:59 PM  

Mikey1969: FTA:

Walston is renting the Regal Cinema in Kingston for a showing of "Muppets Most Wanted." Close to 300 kids, including many with special needs, will attend.

As much as I think the woman was probably right in her account of the crowd and I think people need to not be such big dicks, I would STILL not want to be hanging out with even 20 kids with autism at a movie.


...which is why she's renting out the theater.  She's doing the right thing.
 
2014-03-21 04:12:45 PM  
This could have easily been solved............ Put him in one of these:

www.discountramps.com

After you strap him into:

themommyproject.typepad.com

And stay home and rent him something he can relate to, like:

www.movieposter.com

s3.discshop.se

TADA!!!! PROBLEM SOLVED!!
 
2014-03-21 04:13:07 PM  

allylloyd: I don't think most of you would know proper English grammar, if it slapped you in the face.


I love when this happens.
 
2014-03-21 04:22:40 PM  

433: That was a T-H-E-A-T-E-R, for movies, not a T-H-E-A-T-R-E, for stage.  Unless Canada has different rules for that.


This happened in Massachusetts, which is not in Canada.
 
2014-03-21 04:24:13 PM  
Oh good, I don't feel like such an insensitive cretin now. I read this story this morning on a blog and the comments were just a bunch of mothers b*tching about the horrible people/MONTSERS making this woman and her son have sad fee fees.
 
2014-03-21 04:25:52 PM  

elvindeath: Looking back, I should have said screw political correctness, and demanded to be moved or just left.


Allowance for human frailty is "political correctness"? What's "political" about it?
 
2014-03-21 04:26:24 PM  

itazurakko: Mikey1969: FTA:

Walston is renting the Regal Cinema in Kingston for a showing of "Muppets Most Wanted." Close to 300 kids, including many with special needs, will attend.

As much as I think the woman was probably right in her account of the crowd and I think people need to not be such big dicks, I would STILL not want to be hanging out with even 20 kids with autism at a movie.

...which is why she's renting out the theater.  She's doing the right thing.


It would still be a Calgon(Take me away!) day by the end for the parents and staff, I bet... Still, it's a good outcome for this mess.
 
2014-03-21 04:31:08 PM  

MycroftHolmes: There is nothing wrong with discretely asking the host to reseat you. Just because you don't want to be an ass and condemn or judge the challeneged family doesn't mean that you should have to endure it if accomodations can be made.



Why should he move?  They're the ones who suck.
 
2014-03-21 04:36:35 PM  

The_Sponge: MycroftHolmes: There is nothing wrong with discretely asking the host to reseat you. Just because you don't want to be an ass and condemn or judge the challeneged family doesn't mean that you should have to endure it if accomodations can be made.


Why should he move?  They're the ones who suck.


It is the accepted etiquette in restaurants that if someone is doing something that you find objectionable, you can ask to be moved.  This avoids putting the restaurant staff in the position of trying to play judge and jury to determine which party is really in the wrong.

In cases of an obviously out of control kid, better managed restaurants will discretely handle the situation.  If they don't, it is fair to assume that they have been trained to avoid confrontation, so asking to be moved rather than asking that they please kick that other family out is a request that is much more likely to be honored.
 
2014-03-21 04:37:18 PM  
Go to one of these instead:
www.411drivein.com
 
2014-03-21 04:38:17 PM  
Maybe you farkers can wiegh in on this.

Went to see a movie (Elysium I think),  and just before the movie starts they bring in a group of older (25 years or so?) of really retarded people. The smile and literally drool all over the place retarded. But they were friendly and they waved as they went by like they were in a retard parade. Well they were all pretty good during the movie, but this one guy they parked next to me in a wheelchair would hold his hands over his ears and make a really loud "ARRRRRRAAAAAAHHHHHRRRRRROOOOOOOH" noise during and part that started to get moderatly loud (of which there were many) and would keep that sound up during the noise and for about 30 seconds after until he calmed down.

His caretaker(?) sat next to him the whole time and didn't do anything about it. And this guy was farking loud. Like hard to hear the damn movie loud. Am I right to get pissed off about that? I mean I paid my money to watch the movie. I want peace while I'm watching, and *I'm* expected to be quiet. Now I'm glad the group takes the retarded people out. I think they should. But maybe to parks, playgrounds, bowling, and ice cream or other places where it's okay to be loud. If you know they are gonna be making a fark-ton of noise, maybe you shouldn't take them to the movies? If a 'normal' person was shouting and causing a disruption, they'd kick *him* out. Are we just supposed to let it slide because they got the short end of the genetic stick? I don't mind if I am grabbing some lunch at the mall and some kid is singing the potato song at the top of his lungs, it's normally noisy there anyway. I don't mind if he sits next to me as long as he's not grabbing things off my plate or throwing boogers at me. But I want to be able to watch the movie undisturbed.
 
2014-03-21 04:42:18 PM  

serpent_sky: DerAppie: Because come hell or high weather, he will enjoy a life with all the small pleasures normal people have, whether he likes it or not.

Or, probably more likely, mom wants to see movies and well, she can usually calm him when he freaks out in movie theatres, so the rest of the world should deal if she can't.  It really doesn't seem like she is putting her son first if she repeatedly puts him in entirely unnecessary to survive situations that cause him to freak out.

I mean, like I said before, if he freaked at the doctor's office, she could explain the situation, but that he needs to be there for his health. That's totally different.  Even if he freaked out, he needs medical attention, so she has to put him through it.  Why do it unless it's absolutely necessary? At the cost of others, and then make yourself a martyr because you made a stupid mistake?


I think the sarcasm was lost in that abomination of a comment I'll call my previous post. The "he will enjoy it whether he enjoys it or not" reflects the idea that mom is doing it for mom. She is trying to force his life in a "normal" shape because likely that is how she copes with the idea that her son isn't like other 23 year old people.

/Fixed the last comment a bit
 
2014-03-21 04:42:55 PM  

gopher321: "How sad that we have to rent an entire movie theatre so our kids can watch a movie. Movie theatres are supposed to be open to the public. This is a kind gesture but does nothing to promote understanding, tolerance or acceptance," a commenter wrote.


Tolerance and acceptance lasts about 5 minutes for me. After that, if your squalling kid (23 or not) doesn't shut his drool hole, here come my popcorn at your head.


You can watch at home.
 
2014-03-21 04:46:05 PM  

farkingismybusiness: At least he wasn't shot dead for texting.


The guy in question wasn't shot dead for texting, he was shot dead for throwing popcorn.  There IS a difference.
 
2014-03-21 04:46:26 PM  
AMC Sensory Friendly Films  http://www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films

They lower the volume, brighten the lights and skip the previews.
 
2014-03-21 04:49:07 PM  

serpent_sky: She is aware of things like DVDs, cable, Netflix, and other such things that exist? If movies and movie previews are known to agitate your "child" (who is an adult, like it or not) why on earth would you go to a theatre? One, you know the other patrons want and expect quiet. And two, why the hell are you subjecting your son to something you know is likely to agitate and exacerbate his well-documented autism?

If she was kicked out of something necessary (doctor's office, grocery store, whatever) she'd have a point, but a movie theatre is not essential to life and the reaction seems perfectly normal to me. "He's autistic" doesn't matter when people paid upwards of $10.50 to watch a movie in peace.

And again, seriously, if she knows it agitates him, why the hell would she subject him to it?


Exactly. Crowded places with loud noises are an autist person's bane to say the least. Though it'd have been funny as hell if she woulda taken him to a Rammstein arena show, especially when the pyro and mini-explosions kick in!
 
2014-03-21 04:49:36 PM  

shtychkn: I feel her pain in wanting her son to have as normal a life as possible.  It's a shame this doesn't exist for her:

[katespiritu.com image 850x1062]


Thank you, thank you and thank you again.  Please let me know when the theatre is going to open.

I stopped going about 7 years ago and have no plans to return until the Dome opens up.
 
2014-03-21 04:52:25 PM  

kling_klang_bed: serpent_sky: She is aware of things like DVDs, cable, Netflix, and other such things that exist? If movies and movie previews are known to agitate your "child" (who is an adult, like it or not) why on earth would you go to a theatre? One, you know the other patrons want and expect quiet. And two, why the hell are you subjecting your son to something you know is likely to agitate and exacerbate his well-documented autism?

If she was kicked out of something necessary (doctor's office, grocery store, whatever) she'd have a point, but a movie theatre is not essential to life and the reaction seems perfectly normal to me. "He's autistic" doesn't matter when people paid upwards of $10.50 to watch a movie in peace.

And again, seriously, if she knows it agitates him, why the hell would she subject him to it?

Exactly. Crowded places with loud noises are an autist person's bane to say the least. Though it'd have been funny as hell if she woulda taken him to a Rammstein arena show, especially when the pyro and mini-explosions kick in!


He probably wouldn't get noticed.
 
2014-03-21 04:55:28 PM  

Miss Alexandra: JesusJuice: Mikey1969: JesusJuice: How did they draw it out? If they hadn't made her feel so unwelcome, she probably would have stayed. She gave them the choice of either being mean to her or having their movie experience ruined.

You really think one person stood up for the crowd and said "Hey, you're being too loud"? You know exactly how these things play out, everyone wants to talk shiat, and then when the woman says something back, everyone else wants to answer back, then they spend more time verbally 'high fiving' each other, then someone else feels that their particularly witty rejoinder didn't get the attention it deserved, so THEY pipe up, and then someone else chimes in, etc... I can guarantee you the shiat talking went on longer than this dude's initial freakout would have lasted.

It doesn't mean that it wasn't a disruption, it just takes someone incredibly naive to assume that this shiat didn't go on 10 times longer than it needed to because everyone wanted to talk a little more trash.

If it had been just one person giving her shiat she could have dismissed them as a lone asshole. She can't really ignore the whole theater telling her to GTFO. It sounds like there were multiple instances before people got aggressive, so I suspect they escalated to the level needed to make her leave.

I also wonder if she didn't egg things on.  Remember we're only hearing *her* story.


This whole thing stinks of a ploy for her to get attention.

She knows he's afraid of previews, but takes him anyway.

She ignored his repeated requests to leave.

She argues with the audience and tries to "explain" her son's autistic.

She makes a big stink about it afterwards.

...

I call AW. Borderline Munchausens by proxy since she's hurting her kid to get attention for herself.
 
2014-03-21 05:01:50 PM  

Thunderpipes: Just shut up. Not our fault you had a defective cooter egg.


You mean like your mother did?
 
2014-03-21 05:05:36 PM  

The Goddamn Batman: In her blog post, Colson, author of "Dancing with Max," a memoir about her son, wrote that Max became frightened during the previews, as he often does, according to The Patriot Ledger.

Then why in the blue hell do you keep taking him?


I have to wonder whether the problem is specific to the previews or not.  If he often gets frightened during the previews, then maybe the problem could be managed by timing things so that the previews are over when they enter the theater?

I mean, if it's a reoccurring problem, then I have to wonder what steps have been tried in an effort to come up with a compromise that works for Max and isn't quite so disruptive.

And then, yes, if all these stepss have been tried and this kind of disruption still happens, then it may be time to give up on taking Max to the cinema.  Or, if there is a theater near them that does "kid showings" where misbehaving children are expected, take him to one of those.
 
2014-03-21 05:06:50 PM  

Madame Ovary: AMC Sensory Friendly Films  http://www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films

They lower the volume, brighten the lights and skip the previews.


A friend of mine helped put together an autistic-friendly production of The Lion King, basically the same approach.  It was really great for the kids and their parents.
 
2014-03-21 05:07:32 PM  

allylloyd: Some of you must really love when old white men go to the movies and shot people for texting...


Hey, you "take your victim as you find him."  If a relatively healthy young man decides to direct violence against a much older person and gets shot for his trouble, where's the problem?  It's the same deal when young asshats decide to target Grandma for a strongarm robbery to get the proceeds of her Social Security check.

"Be nice to Grandma, because there's a pretty good chance that she's packing..."
 
2014-03-21 05:08:38 PM  

Secret Master of All Flatulence: farkingismybusiness: At least he wasn't shot dead for texting.

The guy in question wasn't shot dead for texting, he was shot dead for throwing popcorn.  There IS a difference.


Well at least it was justified.
 
2014-03-21 05:09:33 PM  

MythDragon: Maybe you farkers can wiegh in on this.

Went to see a movie (Elysium I think),  and just before the movie starts they bring in a group of older (25 years or so?) of really retarded people. The smile and literally drool all over the place retarded. But they were friendly and they waved as they went by like they were in a retard parade. Well they were all pretty good during the movie, but this one guy they parked next to me in a wheelchair would hold his hands over his ears and make a really loud "ARRRRRRAAAAAAHHHHHRRRRRROOOOOOOH" noise during and part that started to get moderatly loud (of which there were many) and would keep that sound up during the noise and for about 30 seconds after until he calmed down.

His caretaker(?) sat next to him the whole time and didn't do anything about it. And this guy was farking loud. Like hard to hear the damn movie loud. Am I right to get pissed off about that? I mean I paid my money to watch the movie. I want peace while I'm watching, and *I'm* expected to be quiet. Now I'm glad the group takes the retarded people out. I think they should. But maybe to parks, playgrounds, bowling, and ice cream or other places where it's okay to be loud. If you know they are gonna be making a fark-ton of noise, maybe you shouldn't take them to the movies? If a 'normal' person was shouting and causing a disruption, they'd kick *him* out. Are we just supposed to let it slide because they got the short end of the genetic stick? I don't mind if I am grabbing some lunch at the mall and some kid is singing the potato song at the top of his lungs, it's normally noisy there anyway. I don't mind if he sits next to me as long as he's not grabbing things off my plate or throwing boogers at me. But I want to be able to watch the movie undisturbed.


Holy shiat I just about pissed myself laughing!

/ and, of course, THIS

:)
 
2014-03-21 05:10:14 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Goddammit, I read that whole farking thing and still didn't have my only question answered: WHAT WAS THE MOVIE?!


Since everyone being Christian was a major point of her essay, you should just ask yourself, Which Movie Would Jesus See?
 
2014-03-21 05:12:06 PM  

TheOtherMisterP: Nothing in the article to me suggests that the mother was "furious". She was certainly upset, but she also seemed to understand the awkward position she was placing the other movie-goers in.

Overall, the actual article is a very positive, uplifting piece about someone trying to do something good after a bad incident. Subby is trying to stir up an angry mob.


On the other hand, people rent movie theater for unruly children to have parties all the time, so this is not even news and reporting it as such deserves a facepalm.
 
2014-03-21 05:12:56 PM  

433: That was a T-H-E-A-T-E-R, for movies, not a T-H-E-A-T-R-E, for stage.  Unless Canada has different rules for that.


Pretty much everyone has a different rule for that:

"Some Americans do make distinctions-for instance, that a theater is a venue while theatre is an art form, or that a theater is a movie theater while a theatre is a drama venue. There is nothing wrong with making these distinctions, but they are not consistently borne out in general usage. Even in 21st-century writing on the art of theater, the more American spelling now appears for all senses of the word."
 
2014-03-21 05:14:55 PM  

MythDragon: Maybe you farkers can wiegh in on this.

Went to see a movie (Elysium I think),  and just before the movie starts they bring in a group of older (25 years or so?) of really retarded people. The smile and literally drool all over the place retarded. But they were friendly and they waved as they went by like they were in a retard parade. Well they were all pretty good during the movie, but this one guy they parked next to me in a wheelchair would hold his hands over his ears and make a really loud "ARRRRRRAAAAAAHHHHHRRRRRROOOOOOOH" noise during and part that started to get moderatly loud (of which there were many) and would keep that sound up during the noise and for about 30 seconds after until he calmed down.

His caretaker(?) sat next to him the whole time and didn't do anything about it. And this guy was farking loud. Like hard to hear the damn movie loud. Am I right to get pissed off about that? I mean I paid my money to watch the movie.


Absolutely. And you are also within your rights to demand your money back. You go to a movie with the expectation of being able to hear and enjoy it, and the theatre is obligated to remove those who are misbehaving. Same with a restaurant.

Of course, exceptions are made for kid-friendly shows and family restaurants where outbursts are expected.
 
2014-03-21 05:14:58 PM  

farkingismybusiness: Secret Master of All Flatulence: farkingismybusiness: At least he wasn't shot dead for texting.

The guy in question wasn't shot dead for texting, he was shot dead for throwing popcorn.  There IS a difference.

Well at least it was justified.


I'm kind of curious about what information will be presented at trial.  IIRC, the media reported that the dead guy's SO was shot in the hand by the same shot that killed the younger guy.  It's quite possible, since apparently only one shot was fired, that the woman had her hand on her SO's chest, trying to hold him back as he was trying to harm the old guy.  We'll have to wait for the trial to find out, I guess....
 
2014-03-21 05:15:02 PM  

WhiskeySticks: This is awful thinking, but right away I thought of making these "movies with max" events a television show in the same format as Mystery Science Theater, silhouettes and all.


I have it on good authority that plans are already in the works to make this happen in the not-too-distant future.
 
2014-03-21 05:17:50 PM  

ciberido: 433: That was a T-H-E-A-T-E-R, for movies, not a T-H-E-A-T-R-E, for stage.  Unless Canada has different rules for that.

Pretty much everyone has a different rule for that:

"Some Americans do make distinctions-for instance, that a theater is a venue while theatre is an art form, or that a theater is a movie theater while a theatre is a drama venue. There is nothing wrong with making these distinctions, but they are not consistently borne out in general usage. Even in 21st-century writing on the art of theater, the more American spelling now appears for all senses of the word."


"The 'theatre'? Hey fellas, the 'theatre'! Well, ooh la di da, Mr. French Man.  It's a movie hole!"
 
2014-03-21 05:18:22 PM  

Mikey1969: JesusJuice: How did they draw it out? If they hadn't made her feel so unwelcome, she probably would have stayed. She gave them the choice of either being mean to her or having their movie experience ruined.

You really think one person stood up for the crowd and said "Hey, you're being too loud"? You know exactly how these things play out, everyone wants to talk shiat, and then when the woman says something back, everyone else wants to answer back, then they spend more time verbally 'high fiving' each other, then someone else feels that their particularly witty rejoinder didn't get the attention it deserved, so THEY pipe up, and then someone else chimes in, etc... I can guarantee you the shiat talking went on longer than this dude's initial freakout would have lasted.

It doesn't mean that it wasn't a disruption, it just takes someone incredibly naive to assume that this shiat didn't go on 10 times longer than it needed to because everyone wanted to talk a little more trash.


Where do you hang out? Maybe living in Texas shelters me from certain things but around here someone has to be incredibly obnoxious before anyone gets on their case. I've never ever seen this mob hurling insults thing in person.
 
2014-03-21 05:18:37 PM  
ok, but I guess calling the other kind of theatre a "play hole" might get awkward.
 
2014-03-21 05:23:06 PM  

sunnewswebguy: Sure thing tough guy, and you'll look real funny trying to remove that popcorn bucket out of butthole 3 minutes later...


Don't you dare shove anything in butthole 3.  You'll have to submit a written request to shove things in buttholes 1 and 2 but under certain circumstances, it is permissible.
 
2014-03-21 05:24:19 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: notatrollorami: Unoriginal_Username: allylloyd: Unoriginal_Username: My 6 yr old son is autistic. We brought him to see the Lego movie, it was the first time he'd ever been in a theater, we weren't sure how he'd be. I sat in a spot where I could get out quickly without disturbing anyone just in case. We also brought a small toy for him to play with.
He was quieter then the kids who sat behind us.

This lady is an idiot. If her son can't handle sitting still or being quiet, and she doesn't want to rent the whole theater, wait for movies to get released onto dvd and stay home.

Parenting 101!

//Children under a certain age can't sit still or be quiet for a long length of time--bring them something to play with.

I was actually surprised. He was enjoying the movie so much that he sat quiet for an hour. Then he came to where I was sitting, hopped up on my lap and watched the rest of the movie.

/The Lego movie, so good it keeps little monsters quiet

I took my kids to that movie as a treat since wife/mom was out of town. I had no expectations at all; just trying to keep my kiddos entertained.

It was F'ing badass. Loved it. I'll watch it again when they get the DVD.

///Everything is awesome!!!!

oh Gods, my son loves that song. and yes, the movie was fantastic.
I will own the Blue ray. I'm not a Will Ferrell fan, but he did a great job with that one


I see you're reading them Rick Riordon books as well. We may need to start a club.
 
2014-03-21 05:25:52 PM  

imfallen_angel: Father of autistic kid myself, and knowing that outings can be very difficult, I will NOT put people through crap because I fell entitled to do so.

Last couple of times we took her out after several years, (due her her behavior in public was dangerous to others and herself) she has stabilized a LOT and the outings went very well, if anythign, she was better behaved than most at the restaurants.

Last time in a theater is so long ago that I can't remember what movie is was, but the thing was, we sat in an easy to exit location, had lots of popcorn which is her favourite snack-food anyways, and aside having to bring her to the bathroom a couple of times, it had gone fairly well, at least, nothing that caused a scene or cause anyone any trouble or destroyed their movie experience.

But I see that this thread is full of victims, so...


Have a Happy Father's Day

//Buy your wife something nice for Mother's Day
 
2014-03-21 05:26:32 PM  

NEPAman: notatrollorami: NEPAman: The_Sponge: hb0mb: and we almost always have the theatre to ourselves.


CSB:

The last time I had a theater to myself was an early Sunday morning showing of the Evil Dead remake.  Holy f*ck that was creepy....almost wanted to head straight to church.

/Got my money's worth.

Double Plus Ungood CSB:

Midnight showing of Star Trek Into Darkness.  Just me, 3D glasses and one couple.

/The howling rainstorm outside might've been a factor.

//Not when you live four blocks from the theater.

///Downtown Fort Worth.  She's a beautiful thing.

7th street movie tavern?

The AMC off of 3rd Street.


As soon as I posted that I thought "that's not really downtown dipshiat".
 
2014-03-21 05:27:01 PM  

Secret Master of All Flatulence: farkingismybusiness: Secret Master of All Flatulence: farkingismybusiness: At least he wasn't shot dead for texting.

The guy in question wasn't shot dead for texting, he was shot dead for throwing popcorn.  There IS a difference.

Well at least it was justified.

I'm kind of curious about what information will be presented at trial.  IIRC, the media reported that the dead guy's SO was shot in the hand by the same shot that killed the younger guy.  It's quite possible, since apparently only one shot was fired, that the woman had her hand on her SO's chest, trying to hold him back as he was trying to harm the old guy.  We'll have to wait for the trial to find out, I guess....


I am sorry, bu t the threshold for being in honest fear for your life has to be higher than 'A man might have been walking towards me in a  crowded theater after throwing popcorn at me'.  This is murder, plain and simple.

If I can legitimately shoot someone because I am afraid that the situation could potentially escalate, and there are possible scenarios whereby my life was in danger, you are going to see a lot more shooting.  People will start spraying bullets into the cars of random teens because they were afraid that there might be a chance of an escalation.

I have a gun for home defense, but have no interest in carrying one.  I can usually avoid most situations where a gun would be needed for self defense, and with no gun available, I can usually find alternatives, including de-escalation, to situations that don't involve killing a guy who was throwing popcorn or playing rap music.

/Not really ranting at you, but at the bad gun owners.
 
2014-03-21 05:28:29 PM  

KidneyStone: oldfarthenry: Is anyone else shamefully laughing at the thought of a theatre full of Tourette's sufferers swearing their heads off during a screening of some church-lady approved film?

*snicker-snicker-snicher-shame-guilt-snicker-snicker....*

My X is a special needs teacher and we went to some special needs conference in Denver.  I was in a room full of kids that "ain't right in the hey-ed" and send me to hell if you want, a lot of what they did made me laugh.  And cringe.

In related news, the X begged me to buy her this shirt and i refused because if she wore it in public (which she would) there's simply no doubt a parent would see it.

[i1.cpcache.com image 460x460]


I went out of my way to be field-trip mommy for The Boy's Special Ed class. We'd do the tour and the docent would ask at the end if anybody had any questions. Usually everyone raised their hands:
"Do you have a dog?"
"What's your favorite color?"
"Is that your real hair?"
And so on. Watching the docent react was priceless.
 
2014-03-21 05:29:02 PM  

elvindeath: I once took the family on a vacation to Disney World.  We had reservations for lunch at a restaurant that, while not the most expensive in the "world", was going to cost us about $150 for a family of four.  We were seated next to an man or woman who looked to be in the 50s, who had a child of about 12 with them who was in a wheelchair, and clearly had multiple issues.  The two parents looked absolutely exhausted.  Two minutes after we were seated, the child started screaming / moaning so loud that I couldn't hear anyone at my table speaking.  It continued for 10 minutes, and the parents made no move to leave or attempt to calm the child (if that was even possible).  We sat there and had our lunch, and it was one of the worst experiences of my life.  Looking back, I should have said screw political correctness, and demanded to be moved or just left.

I don't care what your situation - or the situation of your child - if you cannot leave the house without your child ruining the environment of everyone around him/her, you do not leave your house with your child.


Why do that? Why not just kill them when their born or better  yet, have the abortion "in case" they might be that way...

//Do the world a favor, get a vasectomy!
 
2014-03-21 05:33:56 PM  

Secret Master of All Flatulence: farkingismybusiness: At least he wasn't shot dead for texting.

The guy in question wasn't shot dead for texting, he was shot dead for throwing popcorn.  There IS a difference.


Yes, there is. POPCORN IS DANGEROUS.

//It comes from a vegetable; vegetables kill you.
//Texting while driving is safe.
 
2014-03-21 05:40:06 PM  

allylloyd: elvindeath: I once took the family on a vacation to Disney World.  We had reservations for lunch at a restaurant that, while not the most expensive in the "world", was going to cost us about $150 for a family of four.  We were seated next to an man or woman who looked to be in the 50s, who had a child of about 12 with them who was in a wheelchair, and clearly had multiple issues.  The two parents looked absolutely exhausted.  Two minutes after we were seated, the child started screaming / moaning so loud that I couldn't hear anyone at my table speaking.  It continued for 10 minutes, and the parents made no move to leave or attempt to calm the child (if that was even possible).  We sat there and had our lunch, and it was one of the worst experiences of my life.  Looking back, I should have said screw political correctness, and demanded to be moved or just left.

I don't care what your situation - or the situation of your child - if you cannot leave the house without your child ruining the environment of everyone around him/her, you do not leave your house with your child.

Why do that? Why not just kill them when their born or better  yet, have the abortion "in case" they might be that way...

//Do the world a favor, get a vasectomy!


Sorry, misspelling ---they're

MycroftHolmes: Secret Master of All Flatulence: farkingismybusiness: Secret Master of All Flatulence: farkingismybusiness: At least he wasn't shot dead for texting.

The guy in question wasn't shot dead for texting, he was shot dead for throwing popcorn.  There IS a difference.

Well at least it was justified.

I'm kind of curious about what information will be presented at trial.  IIRC, the media reported that the dead guy's SO was shot in the hand by the same shot that killed the younger guy.  It's quite possible, since apparently only one shot was fired, that the woman had her hand on her SO's chest, trying to hold him back as he was trying to harm the old guy.  We'll have to wait for the trial to find out, I guess....

I am sorry, bu t the threshold for being in honest fear for your life has to be higher than 'A man might have been walking towards me in a  crowded theater after throwing popcorn at me'.  This is murder, plain and simple.

If I can legitimately shoot someone because I am afraid that the situation could potentially escalate, and there are possible scenarios whereby my life was in danger, you are going to see a lot more shooting.  People will start spraying bullets into the cars of random teens because they were afraid that there might be a chance of an escalation.

I have a gun for home defense, but have no interest in carrying one.  I can usually avoid most situations where a gun would be needed for self defense, and with no gun available, I can usually find alternatives, including de-escalation, to situations that don't involve killing a guy who was throwing popcorn or playing rap music.

/Not really ranting at you, but at the bad gun owners.


Do me a favor and please post this to a blog (pro-gun and anti-gun sites).
 
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