Change a-come-ith

August 10, 2009 by admncc

Over the years, I’m happy to say that some of my complaints have helped pave the way for change.  For example, Countrywide Home Loans completely changed their pay-by-phone format after I brought a (consumer biased) system error to their attention.  And dry cleaners in the State of Ohio must now use alternative methods to mark your clothing – they are no longer allowed to write your telephone number on the inside of your shirts or pants.

And sometimes, like in the below-situation, I am involved, but not directly…

One of the most popular posts I’ve ever published was “Date Night Disaster.”  It was from February 2, 2009.  And it was one that I immediately knew was going to be fun.  To date, it is second in all time views, only behind “Are You Married or What?”  And back at the time, even linked to and commented on it.

Anyway, if you haven’t seen the original post, it involves my wife and me witnessing a domestic disturbance in our row at the movies.  The male and female (who were not there together) were fighting because she was sitting next to him and texting during the movie.  She did not heed his warnings to stop – he subsequently grabbed her phone (and her), threw her phone on the ground and stomped on it.  I got involved because I was closest to the door, notified a manager and missed nearly the entire movie giving a statement to the police.

I have two updates to report.  First, the male was ultimately not charged.  Second, upon going to the movies on Friday, the below-sign is now posted all over the place at our movie theatre.


I love it!  “It only takes one call to ruin a movie.”  Thank you, Sprint.

I asked a manager and he told me the signs were made due to an “incident” that occurred – could it have been my January 31st incident?  I’m thinking…YES.

Please stop texting, put your phone away and watch the movie you paid for…

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  1. Dan says:

    Texters suck. Car accidents. Problems in movies. Rudeness at restaurants. Even in church. It’s a global problem and I’m not exaggerating. It’s no wonder that people can’t even talk to each other these days. Most teens and college just walk with their heads down texting. Hell, adults too. Pretty sad.

  2. Zig says:

    Dan, texting rules…FU! LMAO!

  3. Good for you! Texting has its place and it’s not in the movie theater or behind the wheel of a car.

  4. Dan says:

    When I said “college” above, I meant college students. Sorry. And Zig, this is me rolling my eyes.

  5. TallElf says:

    Well.. CC, Great job. I can have people fired for texting on the job, and honestly, if you are not doing work… stop doing it and get back to it..

    Texting has it’s place, but not behind the wheel… instead of lmao, could possible be DOTFR…OOPS WZ TXTNG.

  6. NeoConDon says:

    I’ve never sent a text…but the most annoying thing is when you’re having a conversation, and every two or three minutes they’re reading their phone, and responding to something that came in. That behavior is very rude, and says a lot about a person.

  7. well way to friggen go. no texting? what if i’m trying to arrange some chinese food to meet me at my house immediately after the movie? are you trying to starve people? what if someone has a song stuck in their head and they need me to figure out the title right this second? are you trying to cause insanity?

    wait, no. i guess that wouldn’t happen since i’m now protesting theaters anyway, considering they rape you for the price. but if i DID still go…. boy, would i be upset about this.

  8. The Constant Complainer says:

    Haha, Blunt Delivery, I always look forward to your comments! Always entertaining!

    And you know what; you’re right about the price. We went to a matinee and it was still $30 for two adults and one child – because we saw “G-Force 3D” and there was an upcharge of $3.50 per person to cover our 3D glasses. Yes, that’s right – the same glasses that I pitched into the “3D Glasses Recycling Bin” the second we left the theater! Ouch.

  9. C. Princess says:

    Good for you for stepping up and reporting the idiot. If he acts like that in public God knows what he must act like in the privacy of his own home.

    P.S. I’ve never heard of any Dry Cleaners writing a person’s name and number on the inside of their shirts or pants.

  10. I love it, those damn texters! I was just in a waiting room next to a person who texted incessantly with all the key beeps turned on. beep beep beepbeep beep beepbeep…and on and on. Jesus!

    Well, it’s good to know you’re leaving your mark on this world. Well, kids, I remember waaaay back when you used to be able to text in the movie theatre…oh yes, I put a stop to that! And after that I walked to the bus stop 3 miles, uphill both ways…

  11. Extreme John says:

    Hmmmm I like the signs, people talking on the phone are completely out of their damn minds as if we all weren’t brought up to understand the word “consideration”, drives me crazy till this day.

    Now on the flip side of things, my phone will be silenced but it will never be off and I will always respond and answer text messages. Not so much because it’s something I enjoy doing, more so because I have some very specific things I am responsible for, turning it off can result in disaster at any time.

    Not to mention how can I do all the hot “Sextin” I do with you, haha. Just kidding brother and there is nothing better than being able to make some things happen by expressing an opinion on an actual situation.

    Did you see my Yellow Book Fail video? I thought for sure that would set you off, haha.

  12. The phones need to be in the off and tucked away positions much like tray tables during take off and landing. We have become so addicted and dependent on our means of communication, aka Blackberrys, IPhones, etc., that it is affecting our quality of life. I’m still amazed that people text while driving. Can we say stupid?

  13. Tallelf says:

    Hey.. maybe we can just “bump” and “tap” because there are apps for that. Now you don’t even have to actually send stuff.

    Haven’t been to the movies since pre january, and honestly can’t remember the last movie that I went to. I know that it revolved more around the popcorn, however where I am at you can still pull a movie ticket for 6 bucks on a Friday/saturday.

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