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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    Ura Dumba$$, 13 Feb 2006 @ 5:53am

    Re: No Subject Given

    Anonymous Coward that can't give a subject either, I have two children, ages 5 and 3. If they are interested in the movie, they will sit and watch it better than most teenagers and adults do--AND they don't have cell phones. I know their tastes and I will often watch a movie before I take them to make sure they will like it. That being said, even when they don't like the movie all that much, all they ever do is crawl up in my wife's and my lap and go to sleep (which has only happened ONCE in all the movies that they have seen in the theater). They do know that if they are noisy in any way, they will be taken out and will get a timeout in the theater lobby (they hate timeouts).

    I think that people that don't know how to control their kids or don't have kids should be forever forbidden from expressing their own opinions on what others should do with kids. I'm sorry, but such people, as anonymous coward above, don't have the brain power to really decide what other people should do with their kids.

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