We’ve all got our share of dating horror stories, but it’s unlikely we’ve ever gone as far as to sue someone when the date didn’t work out (as tempting as it may have been at times).
While dates can, and do, behave badly, texting on a date isn't really something you would imagine taking someone to court for.
Unfortunately that wasn't the case for one woman who found herself in court last Thursday after her date sued her for US$17.31 ($24.93) for texting during a movie.
The New Statesman reports 37-year-old Brandon Vezmar is asking his date to pay him for the cost of the ticket to a 3D showing of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.
Vezmar claims things on the date started going badly when the woman he was with started texting 15 minutes into the movie.
He described the date as a “kind of first date from hell”, before going on to say that texting during movies was one of his biggest peeves.
His date, who hasn’t been named, only found out she was being sued when the Statesman called her on Tuesday.
“Oh my God, she said. “This is crazy.”
Details of the claim reveal she “activated her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to read and send text messages,” He also claimed he actions were a “direct violation” of the theatre’s policy and he had been “adversely” affected by it.
Vezmar says he asked his date to stop texting, and to go outside if she was going to continue.
Apparently she left the theatre, and didn’t return.
In response to the claims, his date says she was texting a friend who’d had a fight with her boyfriend and didn’t think she was bothering anyone.
She was asked by Vezmar to pay him back for the cost of the movie but she refused saying “He took me out on a date.”
It’s understood the woman is taking out a protection order against Vezmar because he allegedly tried to contact her sister for the money he felt he was owed.
Vezmar stands on his action, claiming that while the amount is modest, the "principle is important".