‘First date from hell’: Austin man sues date for $17.31 for ‘wildly out of line’ texting
An Austin man is suing a woman for $17.31 after she allegedly texted during their movie date and then left him at the theatre.
Brandon Vezmar, 37, met the woman, 35, on Bumble, a dating app and went with her on a first date to see Guardians of the Galaxy on May 6, according to the American-Statesman. Vezmar said that the woman began texting in the first 15 minutes and continued after he requested that she stop. When he asked her to take it outside, she did so and then left the theatre, leaving him without a ride as they had arrived together in her car.
“It was kind of a first date from hell,” Vezmar told the American-Statesman. His claim stated that the woman “activated her phone 10-20 times in 15 minutes to read and send text messages.”
“I’ve seen people get kicked out of movies for this,” he said.
On Twitter, Vezmar claimed he called and texted the woman after the date, asking her to “compensate” him for the movie and pizza. He warned her that he would pursue the matter in small claims court if she refused. “Your behaviour was wildly out of line and I’m happy to pursue putting you on the books for it,” read one of his text messages to her.
Vezmar’s claim alleged that the texting was a “direct violation of the theater’s policy” and that by texting, Vezmar’s date “adversely” affected both his experience and that of other movie patrons.
“While damages sought are modest, the principle is important as defendant’s behavior is a threat to civilized society,” the suit said.
The woman told the American-Statesman that she refused to pay because “he took me out on a date.” She countered that she had only texted two or three times during the movie. “I had my phone low and I wasn’t bothering anybody.”
She said she was texting a friend who had gotten into a fight with her boyfriend.
The woman also stated that she will be filing a protective claim against Vezmar as he contacted her little sister.”This is crazy,” she said.
“He has escalated the situation far past what any mentally healthy person would,” she told KVUE. “I feel sorry that I hurt his feelings badly enough that he felt he needed to commit so much time and effort into seeking revenge. I hope one day he can move past this and find peace in his life.”
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn caught wind of the story and reacted to it on Twitter Tuesday and joked, “She deserves jail time!”
“I’m fully aware of the weirdness of the situation,” Vezmar told KVUE.