questionsdo ringing cell phones in movie theaters enrage…

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I'll extend that beyond movie theatres to any social setting where it's inappropriate. The problem is that we live in what I call the "it's all about me" society. Nobody cares about anyone else anymore or has an ounce of consideration for anyone else.

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It drives me absolutely bonkers. I'd be hard pressed not to get the usher to eject the guy whose phone rang twice.

I keep my phone on, but volume off and vibrate on during movies, because I have 3 kids who would be with their father if I'm at the movies. Their father isn't always dependable, so I want to be reachable. Only once have I had to leave the movie for a kid, but I was really glad I did. And other than me getting up, which could be for any reason, I didn't distract anyone other than my boyfriend.

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You should have said something out loud; not quite a scene but enough that that person and other will be sure not to have that happen again. it does not need to be long or terribly distracting but just a " are you serious..." or a "really, after the warning in the previews..."

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Drives me totally crazy. Like Bruce Banner want to throw the phone into the wall with owner attached crazy. WILF SMASH!!

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ANSWERED their phone? I would be throwing popcorn at the or "accidentally" spilling my drink on them, from 3 rows away.

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The theaters I patronize don't put up with that BS. And if you don't like it, fine. You might end up in the next PSA they show before movies (in between the fun movie clips, which they show instead of commercials).

http://badassdigest.com/2011/06/06/dispatch-from-the-alamo-drafthouse-she-texted-we-kicked-her-out/

Warning...don't play that video clip at work.

Also, Google "Ann Richards will take your ass out".

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@stile99: Wish I had a link ready for that. Thanks for posting - hilarious.

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@stile99: Wow! That is my new best thing in the world! Thanks for sharing it!

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This is one of the many reasons I don't go to the movies much anymore. People can't just sit and watch and absorb what they're seeing without being in constant contact with people outside the theater.

That, and they're filthy, and expensive, and take up a huge chunk of time, and there's very few movies that I want to see in the theater, and I'd rather spend the money on live performances--where, if your cell phone is on, you WILL be hearing from me again and again till you shut that s**t down.

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@stile99: We're getting an Alamo Drafthouse in NYC!

. . . but not till 2014.

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Ringing phones are a bother, but not nearly as much as when they are answered. I hate people turning on their tablet-sized lightboxes in the middle of a movie. I'm very light sensitive and having something light up in front of me in a dark room can trigger a migraine. We went to our usual matinee on Friday and the lady beside me lit up our whole row to check her phone every fifteen minutes and the person in front of me lit up the row in front a half dozen times to send texts. He was in the handicapped row quite a bit lower than me, but his danged screen was so big that even at that distance if I'd had my glasses on I could have (and would have) read what he was texting aloud. That would have been funny.

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My attorney has advised me to state that a ringing cell phone in a movie theater has only enraged me once. It was truly a one time incident that will never happen again.

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Life is too short to get upset over trivial things.....

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No, but it better be peanut butter jelly time.

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@devexityspace: Ah, but life contains both enjoyable and unenjoyable times, which means that if life is short then the enjoyable times are even shorter. Ergo, life is too short to tolerate anything that stands in the way of an enjoyable time.

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@devexityspace: It's not so much the individual trivial things. Its the general death of courtesy, especially when you look at the impact of cell phones on society. I live in a very genial and friendly city, and people are still horribly rude with cell phones. I don't think a single day goes by that I don't witness someone being rude with one. Shouting into it on a crowded elevator. Ignoring the person sitting or standing in front of you in favor of it. Holding up a checkout line because 90% of your mind is on your cell phone and you can't muster up the IQ to pay and get out of the way. Wandering aimlessly across lanes, running lights and stop signs and driving too slowly because you have 90% of your attention on the cell phone. I think we were all better off before they became ubiquitous.

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I always pack heat when I go to the movies.
Well, I guess a squirt gun full of water isn't really heat, but it does the job and is inconspicuous to the "annoyance generator".
I guess In a pinch you could cobble up a spitball canon for great amusement.

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@stile99: I love that. So much.

And I figure if you're interrupting my movie, I can interrupt your conversation. (Unafraid of scene-making)

After cell-phone conversations, the super-bright texting screen of annoyance, we have parents bringing young, YOUNG children to movies that will most likely scare/upset them, then ignoring it when their child cries/screams because a 5 yr old probably shouldn't be dealing with explosions in THX. They too, can bite my shiny metal butt.

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@thumperchick: We saw a film this week with a long but tasteful sex scene and a violent battle with heads being torn off left and right . Animals were also killed in the battle which seems to me like it might upset a kid. The person beside me who'd felt the need to check her phone every 15 minutes had a 5yo or so kid with her. She covered the girl's eyes during the sex scene, but the gory battle was no problem in her parental judgement.

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@stile99: Thank you for that...it was awesome!

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@stile99 That video went to my Facebook page. Thanks, it was great.

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@moondrake: I'm pretty sure we both saw the same movie. There is nothing for 5yr old to see in that movie. NOTHING. This was probably the most violent one, but still I can't think of how any of the movies in that series would have been OK for a kid that age or indicated that this one would have been (especially if they knew the plot ahed of time).

To the OP - it drives me crazy. I am a person that checks my phone all the time out of boredom, but I refuse to acknowledge that I even have a phone during a movie in a theater unless I am specifically having an issue at work or with family that I am expecting a call about. Then it is vibrate and leave the theater before I take the call.

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@moondrake: Yep, love those kinds of parents. "Make war, not babies"

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@liamm1320: What do I think? I think your link goes to a store location instead of a phone. Yeah, that location probably has a good phone or two. I say go for it. :P