A woman from Texas found herself in a strange legal battle with the man she had just dated a few days ago.
Apparently, the man complained about her texting through the movie and ruining their date altogether.
The complainant was named in the Statesman story as Brandon Vezmar, 37, from Austin and owner of a communications consulting company.
The two met online and agreed to go to a movie at the Barton Creek Square theater for their first date last May 6. Vezmar claimed that the woman, who asked not to be named, opened her phone and started texting 15 minutes into the movie.
“It was kind of a first date from hell. This is like one of my biggest pet peeves,” he said.
Vezmar filed the petition before the small claims court in Travis county; saying his date “activated her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to read and send text messages.”
He asked her to stop but she refused. He also asked if she could just go outside, and she did, but never came back. She left in her car which they used to drive to the theater; leaving him without a ride.
The petition said that 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.
The $17.31 Vezmar demanded would cover for the price of ticket for the 3D showing of “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2”. Vezmar said he had texted her to pay the amount but she refused.
Sought for comment, the woman told the Statesman she texted like 2 or 3 times in the theater, contrary to what Vezmar claimed. She was on the phone, the woman added, because she was texting her friend who had a fight with her boyfriend.
She admitted receiving the messages from Vezmar demanding for the money but she refused to pay on the account that “he took me out on a date.”
Nevertheless, she also planned to file a protective order against Vezmar for contacting her little sister to get the money.
“Oh my God. This is crazy. I’m not a bad woman. I just went out on a date,” she said.