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2003-04-13 02:33:28 PM  
Betcha they still allow assholes who yell at the screen and bring in their whining, crying rugrats, though. I'll take the cellphone, thank you. Yet another one of Bloomberg's "Big Brother will tell you how to behave" antics.
2003-04-13 02:42:58 PM  
Thank goodness for government! Why, someone might have been unnecessarily annoyed if not for this bold legislative act!

Hero tag? Really?
2003-04-13 02:45:10 PM  
Wow, NYC banning something worthwhile, in other news, you still can't smoke in bars.
2003-04-13 02:51:52 PM  
Hmm, this might be a Good Thing, as Martha might say.
2003-04-13 03:03:29 PM  
I throw Milk duds at phone users in theatres.
2003-04-13 03:24:57 PM  
I like to shine my laser pointer in the offender's eyes when they answer a cell phone in the movie theater...
2003-04-13 03:35:27 PM  
all we need now is a nation-wide ban on those pre-movie television & car commercials.
2003-04-13 04:30:09 PM  
2003-04-13 04:55:38 PM  
2003-04-13 05:09:53 PM  
I love Big Brother! Now maybe we can get around to outlawing fat people in spandex, people who don't shower regularly, people who talk to loud and anything else that is annoying. After all this is definitely something that the government should take care of. I guess the city did this out of their concern for others.
Passed by the City Council, which overrode a veto by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said the ban was unenforceable, the law carries a fine of $50 (32 pounds) for offenders who are caught and cited.
Of course it could just be a way to get out of the enormous deficit NY is running. Doesn't hurt when you new law fines people who no one likes anyway. How about we start fining bums who think the end is near next.
2003-04-13 05:59:33 PM  
Although I'm in favor of this, it seems a bit silly for the city to address the issue. It sounds like something the theatres should be resopnsible for.
2003-04-13 07:25:07 PM  
God, NYC is just getting better and better. I can't tell you how great it is to go out to a bar after work, and not come home stinking. Even some of my friends that smoke said it was much more pleasant. And the bar owners certainly can't complain about any loss of business. All the places I went to Friday night were packed.
Now a ban on cell phones? Fan-friggin-tastic.
2003-04-13 07:38:00 PM  
Probably unenforcable, but certainly worthy of the HERO tag.
2003-04-13 08:20:47 PM  
They have jamming devices for cell-phones installed in theatres and certain restaurants in Japan. Where can I get a portable one though?
2003-04-13 08:20:54 PM  
Another pointless law that can't be enforced readily without increased police presence in motion picture show theatres. Not that there is some kind of budget crisis or anything though, there is plenty of money to go around.

I am actually more disgusted with the gay sex joke that was just on the Simpsons. What the fark was that? I farking hate this show now.

/partial threadjack
2003-04-13 08:21:04 PM  
I thought they should just make it legal to beat a person within an inch of his life for using his cellphone at a theater. That would've solved the problem much more satisfactorily...
2003-04-13 08:23:02 PM  
Shouldn't they make it a capital crime? Please?
2003-04-13 08:23:32 PM  
2003-04-13 08:23:34 PM  
as if we havent heard enough about monkeys today.
2003-04-13 08:24:04 PM  
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2003-04-13 08:25:02 PM  
Out of spite I go into childrens movies and start screaming and making stupid noises.

I have yet to defile myself in McDonalds.
2003-04-13 08:25:03 PM  
2003-04-13 08:25:28 PM  
Now if we could get everyone to shut up and to leave the newborns at home.

Young parents seem to be under the impression that they can inflict their raging babies on those of us who choose to NOT have them...because they "deserve" a night out and couldn't find a babysitter.

What good does a 30 decible soundtrack do the young ears of your critter, folks?!!!!
2003-04-13 08:26:02 PM  
and how should we reward this 'hero'?
2003-04-13 08:26:10 PM  
The new law, which came into force on Sunday, bans the use of mobile phones in "any indoor theatre, library, museum, gallery, motion picture theatre, concert hall or building in which theatrical, musical, dance, motion picture, lecture or other similar performances are exhibited."

So this includes schools, museums, theatres, and libraries, but not sporting events?!?! What is going on there?
2003-04-13 08:26:43 PM  
Isn't this going to put a crimp in the next Matrix movie?
2003-04-13 08:26:44 PM  
The last paragraph is the big payoff. Read this article, I heartily recommend it!
2003-04-13 08:26:55 PM  
I sure wish they'd do that here. Then start working on my other pet peeves, like people who yell, people with intentionally loud vehicles, and anyone who identifies the heart as the seat of emotion. That would be a good start.
2003-04-13 08:27:24 PM  
Now if they could make it illegal to yell at the movie screen...

"Whatchou gonna do now? You done dropped the pistol when you busted tha winda! Guess that's yo ass!"
2003-04-13 08:27:43 PM  
This is incredibly stupid. I agree that people should lay off the cell phones, but personal responsibility should prevail here.
2003-04-13 08:28:03 PM  
can we please just write out a list of all the things theyre going to ban right now instead of this 'lets give it a couple more months before we ban something else'. but wait, maybe people would get suspicious. nevermind.
2003-04-13 08:28:59 PM  
04-13-03 02:33:28 PM Darkhorse23
Betcha they still allow assholes who yell at the screen and bring in their whining, crying rugrats, though. I'll take the cellphone, thank you. Yet another one of Bloomberg's "Big Brother will tell you how to behave" antics.

Read the article again (or for the first time). This was passed over Bloomberg's veto. No surprise that they added a loophole for their council chamber....nice of politicians to always pass laws with loopholes for their personal convenience.
2003-04-13 08:31:09 PM  
but seriously how big can the inner party really be?
2003-04-13 08:31:55 PM  
Really, save for a few really exceptional films, why bother going to the movies? I find going to theaters to be a terrible experience.

1. Movies cost too much and the movies suck anyway: I mean, why on Earth am I gonna shell out 8-12 bucks to see a crappy movie spawned by a focus group and gleaned from marketing data? Y'know, something like "Old School" might be good for some brainless laughs, but for 8-12 bucks? I'm only going to laugh at the people who paid to see it.

2. And as much as a movie ticket costs, why can't people freaking behave in a movie theater? People talking, yelling, and answering cell-phones are out of control. And good luck trying to get the pimple-faced kid cleaning up trash to do something about it. It's absolutely completly stupid. I've got some ideas that Theaters could enforce to help with the problem, but the simple fact is that people should already know better.

3. DVD players and surround-sound systems are affordable! I am fully willing to wait 3-6 months for a movie to come out for rental. Plus I can pause to go to the bathroom and the Coke won't set me back 5 bucks. As soon as those giant Plasma-Flatscreen-HDTVs become affordable, I guarantee I'll never go to a theater again.

In closing, I'm against laws being made to govern this sort of behavior, I'd rather see theaters show the guts to enforce rules without whining for goverment help.
2003-04-13 08:32:05 PM  
Does this mean we cant shank them anymore?
2003-04-13 08:32:45 PM  
To all the people who think this is a bad thing because they can't put off their "important" phone calls for two hours: Stick to renting movies, you freaking asshats.
2003-04-13 08:33:23 PM  
Idea is good, though I fail to see how they'll enforce it. I'd go with jamming devices. Well worth the investment.

Yay for smoking bans, though! Now I can actually *go* to bars without fear of asphyxiation (sp?)....
2003-04-13 08:34:42 PM  
Yay. Let's support legislation that supresses individual rights for a false sense of security and/or more convenience!
2003-04-13 08:35:02 PM  
Why is an article on a US site, about a US based story with a US price, also show "(32 pounds)" ??
2003-04-13 08:35:39 PM  
First they came for the Arabs overstaying their student visas
and I did not speak out
because I was not an illegal Arab immigrant.
Then they came for the public smokers
and I did not speak out
because I was not a smoker.
Then they came for the cell phone users in movie theaters
and I did not speak out
because I was not a cell phone user in a movie theater.
Then they came for all the other asshats.
Life became pretty good
And I started liking people again. (the ones that were left, anyway)

The End.
2003-04-13 08:35:57 PM  
Oops, didnt see the UK after Reuters UK
2003-04-13 08:36:17 PM  
Who the hell uses a cell phone in a movie theater? I've noticed the occasional person's phone ringing, presumably because they just forgot to turn it off, but is this really a problem?
2003-04-13 08:36:30 PM  
Why does there need to be a law? Why can't people just be smart enough to figure it out on their own....

....suddenly, I then realized the degradating effect of Republicans on American society....

....then it all made sense!!
2003-04-13 08:37:25 PM  
God I can't stand cell phones going off in movie theatres, but a law for it? I think just taking the guy's (or gal's) phone and throwing it is much more effective.
2003-04-13 08:37:35 PM  
Smoking bans...bad.

Its nobody's business if an establishment wants to allow smoking to its patrons.

I quit smoking two years ago...I hate the smell, but it should be the exclusive decision for a business to decide on smoking vs. non-smoking. If you don't like the smoke, stay away.
2003-04-13 08:38:45 PM  
Knucklebreather, how sad they seemed to remake that show in america now, looks ghey =(

They ruined whos line, junkyard wars, and now trigger happy tv, yay american tv! =(((
2003-04-13 08:41:18 PM  
On a side note, (as in literally a side bar ad), can anyone explain how putting your face in one of these prevents 'Memory Problems?'


In case you get this x
2003-04-13 08:42:50 PM  
Looks like The People's Republic of New York strikes again. Wheres the ACLU on this one? Oh wait, they only care about what conservatives do.
2003-04-13 08:44:12 PM  
Great. Now if only we could get people to shut up and stop clapping.
2003-04-13 08:44:31 PM  
Heh, last time I went to a movie, the moron 2 rows in front of me answered his cell like 3 times... needless to say I hit him with pennies each time... right in the head...
*Hello? Ow! Jeezus! I gotta go!*
You'd think he would learn, eh?

Maybe if you used ass pennies?
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