A Texas man is suing his date after she spent the majority of their movie outing texting.
Austin resident Brandon Vezmar called it a "first date from hell." Now he is suing the woman for $17.31, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
The 37-year-old took his date to go watch Marvel's latest installment, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," on May 6. About 15 minutes into the movie, the woman began texting.
"This is like one of my biggest pet peeves," Vezmar told the Austin American-Statesman.
Vezmar decided to take legal action. He filed a petition in small claims court against the 35-year-old woman. The woman was unaware of the claim against her until she was reached by phone .
“Oh my God. This is crazy,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified.
Vezmar met the woman online. He said the specific amount of money he is asking for is to compensate for the cost of the movie ticket.
In the petition, according to the Daily Mail, Vezmar said the woman "activated her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to read and send text messages." He added that her actions were a "direct violation" of the policy at the movie theater and that his experience was "adversely" affected by it.
Vezmar claimed he asked his date to stop texting, and even suggested that she go outside if she was going to carry on. The woman then left the theater and drove away, leaving Vezmar with no ride home.
The woman told the Austin American-Statesman that she was simply texting a friend who was having a fight with her boyfriend.
"I had my phone low and I wasn't bothering anybody. It wasn't like constant texting," the woman said.
Vezmar texted the woman after the date and asked her to pay him back for the movie ticket and pizza, but the woman refused. She said her reason for not paying him back was because he took her out on a date.
In response to Vezmar's petition, the woman said she is going to file a protective order against him. She said Vezmar tried to contact her little sister for the money he felt he was owed.
Still, Vezmar believes it's the principle of it all that matters.
"While damages sought are modest, the principle is important as defendant's behavior is a threat to civilized society," Vezmar's petition stated.
The woman maintained her innocence.
“I’m not a bad woman,” she said. “I just went out on a date.”
Reactions among social media users were mixed. Some found the story amusing, while others deemed it as a cause for concern.
"Phones are the modern day security blankets for so many people nowadays," wrote one commenter. "They constantly have to carry them in their hands or be on them. They're terrified of communicating with someone standing right in front of them and so text or talk to someone on their beloved phone instead. How any of them get to meet anyone to even have a first date (much less a relationship) is beyond me.
"I've been in restaurants and seen couples on their respective phones from the moment they sit down at their table to the moment they leave an hour later, never once talking to one another. Insane."