Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick




Ask A Yakking Theater Patron To Be Quiet, Get Charged With Assault

from the how-it-goes dept

We've all heard stories or dealt with rude theater patrons who answered phone calls during a movie. However, when an Australian politician visiting family in Texas tried to ask one such person to please be quiet, the end result had the politician charged with assault. From the various press accounts, it appears that the Australian woman tapped the shoulder of the woman who answered the phone, and put a finger to her own lips to indicate to her that she should be quiet. When the woman kept on talking, she tried again -- which apparently angered the yakker to no end. She started yelling, then stormed out of the theater and called the police. The police came back and charged both women, who now have to appear in court. It's likely (you hope) that the court realizes the "shusher" didn't do anything wrong and lets her off, but if not, she's facing a $700 fine. Who knew that asking someone to stop being rude was now a crime?

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    Louis, 6 Sep 2010 @ 8:41am

    I hope the charges against the "shusher" have been dropped, but this should serve as a warning. Tapping somebody on the shoulder in this day and age can be considered unwanted touching. If a rude patron doesn't want to listen, then just walk out and demand a refund for your movie ticket. If theaters don't want to bother keeping ushers around to police people's behavior, they're going to keep losing customers.

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