An Austin, Texas man is demanding a refund from his date after she texted while they were at the movies.
Brandon Vezmar filed a petition at a small claims court seeking $17.31 in damages.
He claims he spent that much money to take his unidentified date to a 3-D showing of “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” on May 6, he told the Austin American-Statesman paper.
“After the movie started, defendant activated her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to read and send text messages, in direct violation of the theater’s policy, ” his petition states.
Vezmar accuses his date of “adversely affecting the viewing experience” of moviegoers.
“While damages sought are modest, the principle is important as defendant’s behavior is a threat to civilized society,” his petition says.
Vezmar told the newspaper that he met the woman online, and that it was their first date.
“It was kind of a first date from hell,” he said, adding that texting at the movies is, “like, one of my biggest pet peeves.”
“I said, ‘Listen, your texting is driving me a little nuts’ and she said ‘I can’t not text my friend,’” he told local TV station KVUE. “I said ‘maybe you can take it outside to the lobby, I’ve seen people get kicked out movies for this.'”
Vezmar told the Statesman she refused to stop when requested and that he suggested she should go outside if she wanted to continue. She left the theater and never came back, he said, leaving him stranded because they had driven in her car.
According to the woman, who asked the Statesman not to use her name, she was texting a friend who needed her.
“Oh my god, this is crazy,” the 35-year-old woman told the Statesman.
The unnamed woman also released the following statement to KVUE TV station:
“I did have a very brief date with Brandon that I chose to end prematurely. His behavior made me extremely uncomfortable, and I felt I needed to remove myself from the situation for my own safety. He has escalated the situation far past what any mentally healthy person would. I feel sorry that I hurt his feelings badly enough that he felt he needed to commit so much time and effort into seeking revenge. I hope one day he can move past this and find peace in his life.”
The woman told the Statesman that she only texted on her phone two or three times.
She said she was texting a friend who was having a fight with her boyfriend. “I had my phone low and I wasn’t bothering anybody,” she said. “It wasn’t, like, constant texting.”
The woman told the paper that Vezmar had called her to ask her to pay him back for the movie ticket but she refused because “he took me out on a date.” Meanwhile, she said, she planned to file a protective order against Vezmar for contacting her little sister to get the money.
According to the lawsuit, the paper reported, the texting was a “direct violation” of the theater’s policy and that his date “adversely” affected Vezmar’s viewing experience and that of other patrons.
“While damages sought are modest, the principle is important as defendant’s behavior is a threat to civilized society,” the petition said.
“I’m not a bad woman,” the woman told the Statesman. “I just went out on a date.”
Vezmar told KVUE that he is “fully aware of the weirdness of this situation.”
Is he really?