A Texas man is suing his one-time date because she texted while they were watching a movie in Austin. Brandon Vezmar filed for $17.31 in damages in small claims court against the woman, claiming he spent that much to buy pizza and two tickets to Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.
According to Vezmar's petition, the woman used her phone at least 10-20 times in fifteen minutes to read and send text messages, which as the petition points out, is in direct violation of the movie theater's policy. It was the woman and Vezmar's first date, after the two met online. Vezmar suggested that she use her phone outside, at which point the unnamed woman walked out of the theater and did not return, forcing Vezmar to find his own ride home.
Vezmar described the date as "kind of a first date from hell." He texted the woman a few days later and asked to be reimbursed for the money he spent on the date, but she refused. When contacted, the woman told the Austin American-Statesman that she had her phone's backlight on a low setting, and that she wasn't bothering anyone else in the theater. According to her, she only texted two or three times with a friend who was having a fight with her boyfriend.
Vezmar's petition argues that, "[w]hile damages are modest, the principle is important as defendant's behaviour is a threat to civilized society." The CEO of the movie theater involved has offered Vezmar a gift certificate in the amount of Vezmar's damages if he drops the lawsuit.
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