A Texas man is suing an unnamed woman after she "wouldn't stop texting" during a showing of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 on their date. Brandon Vezmar, 37, filed the claim on Thursday 11 May after the pair met face-to-face for the first time on the 6th after talking online.
He is asking for $17.31 (£13.38), which was the price of the ticket to see the film in 3D at the Barton Creek Square cinema, he explained to the American-Statesman on Tuesday 16 March. "It was kind of a first date from hell," he told the newspaper as he went on to explain that around 15 minutes into the film, his date started texting on her phone.
"This is like one of my biggest pet peeves," he went on. According to Vezmar, the woman allegedly "activated her phone at least 10-20 times to read and send text messages" to a friend who was having a fight with her boyfriend.
The report goes on to detail how Vezmar eventually got fed up with his date's glaring screen and suggested she go outside of the theatre to answer her messages. While she heeded his advice, he added that she never came back in to watch the rest of the film.
"While damages sought are modest, the principle is important as defendant's behavior is a threat to civilized society," the petition reads. She "adversely" affected Vezmar's viewing experience and that of other patrons, it continues.
"I had my phone low and I wasn't bothering anybody," the woman, 35, told the Statesman via a phone interview. "It wasn't like constant texting. I'm not a bad woman. I just went out on a date." She also explained how she had initially refused to give Vezmar back the money for the ticket as he willingly took her on a date and that she is now seeking out a protective order against him after he contacted her little sister for the cash.
It seems like Vezmar isn't alone when it comes to his self-confessed "pet peeve" however. When news of the lawsuit broke, many took to Twitter to describe him as a lad and a "hero." Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 director James Gunn even caught wind of what had happened and reacted on Twitter, jokingly asking: "Why stop at suing? She deserves jail time!"