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There's certain etiquette that should be followed when going to the movie theater. Don't prop your feet on the seat in front of you, don't talk during the movie, and in this modern era, don't use your phone during the screening. That last one is especially a big no-no to Austin, Texas resident Brandon Vezmar, who is suing a woman he went on a date with because she was allegedly texting too much while they were watching Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. While taking legal action may seem excessive, James Gunn, the man who directed the movie they were seeing, weighed in on the debacle with another punishment in mind.
Yikes! While James Gunn later clarified that he was joking (as he often does, and we love him for it), we can't help but imagine what prison time would be like for a person whose sole offense was texting during a movie. Marvel comics writer Dan Slott even built on Gunn's tweet by suggesting that these kind of perpetrators be thrown in the Kyln, the prison from the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Again, it seems like overkill, but no doubt there have been some who've grown so angry by someone playing with their phone during a movie that they wished for a swift punishment to be dispensed.
In case you didn't hear about this texting story the first time around, Brandon Veznar took his date to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at Round Rock earlier this month. Vezmar claims that during the screening, the woman "activated" her phone 10-20 times in just 15 minutes for texting, thus ruining his moviegoing experience. When he suggested that she go outside to text, she just left the theater and didn't come back. He's now suing her for how much he paid for the movie, $17.31.
This woman has since countered that this lawsuit is "crazy," saying that she only pulled out her phone a couple times during Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. When Vezmar called her to ask that she pay him back for the Marvel movie, she refused because they were on a date. If this whole situation wasn't weird enough, this woman also claims that Vezmar contacted her sister to get payment for the tickets, and now she plans to file a protective order against him. Despite this, Vezmar is moving forward with the lawsuit, with his petition saying that it's the "principle" of the matter. At least James Gunn supports what he's doing...well, maybe not so much.
If you go to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 this weekend or any of the other movies currently in theaters, make sure not to use your phone during the screening. That goes double to those of you on dates, there's a (slim) chance you could find yourself in legal trouble afterwards.