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A man is suing his date for texting during ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

Worst first date ever.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Published May 17, 2017   Updated May 24, 2021, 2:10 pm CDT

Texting at the movie theater is a social faux-pas. But is it bad enough to draw legal action?

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One Texan man thinks so. Brandon Vezmar, 37, is suing a woman for $17.31, after she texted during their date, a 3D showing of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He accused her of using her phone “at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes” during the movie, resulting in a sub-par date experience. Now he wants her to refund the price of her movie ticket.

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Speaking to the Statesman, the woman said, “This is crazy… I had my phone low and I wasn’t bothering anybody.” Apparently, the texts were directed at a friend who was having a fight with her boyfriend at the time.

Texting during movies is a controversial topic, so naturally the story went viral. It only took a couple of days to reach Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who commented on Twitter:

Whatever the outcome of that small claims court case, both people now have a truly unique “worst first date ever” story to tell their friends.

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Update 12:30pm CT, May 19: The bad date dispute seems to have come to a close. With Inside Edition cameras rolling, the woman gave Vezmar back his $17.31, though we’re pretty sure nobody came out on top in this situation.

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*First Published: May 17, 2017, 6:45 am CDT