Talk about a bad date…A 37 year old man from Austin, Texas sued a woman he took to see “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” for texting during the film. What the price, you ask? A mere $17.31. (FUN FACT: 1731 was the year Henry Cavendish, who discovered hydrogen was born.) Anyways, he says that she started texting just 15 minutes in continued to do it about once a minute for a portion of the film. He told her to stop. She wouldn’t. He asked her to step out of the theater to text, which she did, but she didn’t return. Having driven him to the theater, she left him stranded.
She said she wasn’t doing anything excessive, but rather was tending to a personal matter that warranted her attention. She is shocked by his reaction. She also claims that he’s harassed her younger sister seeking the money, which has led her to consider filing a protective order against him.
Now here’s my hot take…no one likes when people text in the movies…me included. But, you know, I also don’t like it when men think they can control women’s behavior, and I like it even less when men think they can control women’s behavior because of money they’ve spent on them. That’s not chivalry, that’s buying someone’s time…but also fuck chivalry, that shit’s older than Henry Cavendish. Let’s work towards progress instead of regression. Let’s not look at gestures of monetary kindness as conditional based on behavior. Let’s treat women with respect.