After bad first date, man sues woman for cost of movie ticket

Look, if you’re going to go to the movies, watch the movie and put your phone down.

Is that too much to ask?

Let’s ask Brandon Vezmar, 37, who took a woman to “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” and then apparently got ticked off that she spent the first part of the movie texting.

So he’s suing her for $17.31, the cost of the tickets, the Austin American-Statesmen reports.

Oh my God,” the woman tells the newspaper. “This is crazy.”

The two met online — you didn’t see that coming? — and this was their first date.

“It was kind of a first date from hell,” Vezmar said. “This is like one of my biggest pet peeves.”

He told the woman that maybe she should go outside to text. She did.

She never came back.

Vezmar needed a ride home because they’d gone to the movie in her car.

“While damages sought are modest, the principle is important as defendant’s behavior is a threat to civilized society,” the petition said.

“I’m not a bad woman,” the woman told the Statesman. “I just went out on a date.”

She says she’ll seek an order for protection.

  • MikeB

    And this guy is single? Get out.

  • Al

    The only thing she should’ve done differently is RUN from the theater, not walk.

  • Gary F

    That’s a date night movie?
    He’s got a lot of time on his hands too.

    • Barton

      Seriously, why all the hate for this movie as a date night movie? There is laughter, a bit of romance, and tears. Seems like a good one to me…

      • I don’t see how this is any different than going to a John Wayne western back in the day. Or Star Wars.

        • Barton

          There would have been a second date (for me) if a guy had taken me to see an Audie Murphy or John Wayne western (both really before my time, but I love them)…. but not Red River – way too long for a first date.

          • Jerry

            The Searchers or The Quiet Man might be a little weird as first date material. At least to a modern audience.

          • Jay Sieling

            I know a couple whose first date movie was Clint Eastwood’s Play Misty for Me. It was the “Fatal Attraction” film of its day. I think they just had their 40th anniversary.

      • Zachary

        And Groot. Groot makes every movie better.

        • asiljoy

          Baby Groot is adorable.

      • Gary F

        Uh, huh, sure.

        • Jerry

          Clearly they should have gone to The Boss Baby. Seriously, the only movie out right now that seems a better date movie than GotG is Beauty and the Beast.

  • Just speculating, but a better way to handle this would have been for him to just buck up, finish out the movie with her texting through the entire thing, getting the ride home and saying “adios”.

  • Kassie

    Bob left out the part that is in the original article that the guy has also contacted this woman’s sister trying to get the money back when she wouldn’t give it back. This was before the lawsuit. I wouldn’t be surprised if the lawsuit is thrown out and her order of protection is granted.

    • RBHolb

      I read the comments on the original article. It looks like the sentiments of those taking the time to comment tend to be on his side.

      • Newspaper comments and AM sportstalk are basically the same crowd. That’s why there are so many “men’s rights” attorneys advertising thereon.

        • RBHolb

          I noticed that, for a lot of those who commented, the concept of a “date” was largely theoretical.

  • RBHolb

    Mr. Smooth is in his late 30s, and his idea of a first date is to take her to see “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2?”

    Hugh Hefner at his peak had nothing on this guy.

    • Barton

      I wouldn’t mind this movie as a first date. But then again, I grew up reading Marvel comics, so have a different prospective than others.

      Still, I’m guessing she agreed to go to that movie prior to the date.

    • Kassie

      I don’t think the movie matters. All movies are bad ideas for first dates. You can’t really get to know someone sitting in a dark theater.

      • RBHolb

        Meet in a public place, like a coffee shop or restaurant, and provide your own transportation.

    • asiljoy

      Girls and women like comic books. It’s ok. Really.

  • MarkUp

    He TOLD her to leave.

    Has she considered billing him for driving him to the movies?

    • Zachary

      Is it just me, or is it odd that they carpooled. You would think from a “hey we just met on the internet” standpoint – that it would be wiser and safer to meet at the restaurant/theater/whatever.

      • RBHolb

        As was said on the Lowering the Bar article on this lawsuit, he’s lucky they didn’t go boating.

        • Zachary

          or skydiving…

  • AL287

    Had he taken her to a fine restaurant for dinner she would likely have behaved the same.

    Eating used to be a social activity. Not anymore. You can walk into any restaurant (unless, wisely the proprietors have banned cell phones) and see couples or families texting away on their “smart” phones while they wait for their food.

    One of the pet peeves of fast food counter cashiers is people talking on their cell phones while trying to order food.

    The movie choice here is irrelevant. It was a date, not a business luncheon.

    Movies are like music concerts. You’re there to watch and listen. I think he was right to ask her to take her texting outside and I’m sure other theater patrons around them were thankful, too.

    • Kassie

      She probably wouldn’t of acted the same if she was at all interested in him. Clearly she wasn’t.

      • jon

        Hard to know if some one is interested or not when you are both staring at a screen not communicating or even looking in the general direction of each other…

  • Mike Worcester

    Sounds like they were two people who were just not meant for each other, proving once again that computer algorithms are not infallible.

    And I bet pretty much any one of us on here can tell a story or two about a “first date from hell”.

    • Kassie

      If this is his example of a first date from hell, he hasn’t had very many bad dates.

      • Mike Worcester

        I was thinking the same but hey, we all have our standards for bad social occasions. 🙂

  • Ralphy

    I’m willing to bet that he did not graduate from the Fred Astaire School of Charm and Class.

    As my mother would say, “Two rudes don’t make a right.”

  • Zachary

    I think common respect to personal interaction is dead, or barely hanging on. If you are on a date with someone (doesn’t matter if it’s a first date, or if you have been together for decades) you give that person your full attention. Sure, there are times when you need to answer your phone, or reply to a text – but if that is what you are entirely focused on – that’s a problem.
    I think this guy has the right idea – perhaps not the right method, but the right idea. “Hey – I could have stayed home while you texted” or “I could have seen this movie with someone who wanted to see the movie”

    That and you should always go Dutch on first dates.

    • Jerry

      Also, I’m not sure movies are great idea for first dates. The point of a first date is to get to know the other person and I don’t know how you do that by sitting in the dark not talking for 2 1/2 hours.

      • Zachary

        They’re really not.
        Although – my wife and I’s first ‘date’ was to a movie. To be fair, we had known each other for years before, and we went to lunch prior to the movie.

        • My wife and my first date was to a movie… “9 to 5”.

          In October, we’ll celebrate 35 years of marriage.

          But, hey, you fellas are the experts here. :*)

          Seriously, the only part of the movie I remember is when one of us dropped a napkin, we both leaned down to pick it up and my not-wife-then said, “is this the part where we kiss?”

          For the record, it wasn’t. And neither was the moment I dropped her back at her place.

          • Jerry


            This also might explain your fondness for Frank and Gracie

      • I always figured the point of the first date is to see if there should be a second date. Mission accomplished in this case.

        • Jerry

          Neither of them seem very good at dating

  • Jerry

    2 things:

    1: he is apparently not planning on going on any more first dates
    2: don’t text during a movie. It’s not just rude to your date, it’s rude to everybody else in the theatre.

  • Bob Sinclair

    Another sign of the impending apocalypse.

  • Saw Guardians 2 on opening night (loved it). The man sitting next to me answered a call during the climax of the movie and then started texting during the final two minutes. I elbowed him and he stopped. It was clearly the end of the movie, he couldn’t wait two minutes for the credits to check his phone?

    • Zachary

      but the credits of Marvel movies are worth paying attention to…

  • MarkUp

    It wasn’t April 25th, so it was doomed from the start.

  • Postal Customer

    “The two met online — you didn’t see that coming?”

    No. Should I have?

  • KTFoley

    I can’t quite grasp that this fellow has his own communications consulting company. How does he advise clients to make first impressions that lead to an ongoing productive interaction? To practice follow-up that re-directs a poor encounter into a more positive experience?

    Maybe he just helps them maximize online advertising?

    • Isn’t owning your own consulting business just another way of saying “unemployed”?

  • lindblomeagles

    Neither person, in my opinion, is innocent here. First, Vezmar, my man, your first date with a woman probably shouldn’t be Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2, unless she’s a Video Gamer or has told you she loves sci-fi graphic novels. The first date should be light, funny, with a hint of romanticism — not a get right to the action quickie thing. Second, to the woman, YOU’RE ON A FIRST DATE! Hello! If you have to text that much, and your text has nothing to do with your children or a sick close relative, you’re CONSCIOUSLY telling your date you’re just not into him. No wonder Vezmar went into pet peeve mode. By the way, stranding your date at the movie theater just because he asks you to text somebody in the lobby DOES make you a bad woman. All Vezmar did was remind you of the same courtesy speech EVERY theater gives patrons after the previews and just before the movie starts. I find as Judge, a settlement of $5.00 to the plaintiff, Vezmar, or roughly the cost of a gallon of gasoline to get to and from the movie theater.