Bil Browning

Is This Okay?

Filed By Bil Browning | May 16, 2013 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: cell phone in theater, rude cell phone users

Of course, I realize that this is not really okay, but it could be justified: National Review columnist Kevin Williamson was ejected from a theater this week after snatching a phone out of the hands of a rude audience member and tossing it across the room.

Williamson and his date both asked the woman to stop the continuous texting and talking, but she refused. They spoke to the management, but nothing happened. He literally took matters into his own hands in frustration.

The lady seated to my immediate right (very close quarters on bench seating) was fairly insistent about using her phone. I asked her to turn it off. She answered: "So don't look." I asked her whether I had missed something during the very pointed announcements to please turn off your phones, perhaps a special exemption granted for her. She suggested that I should mind my own business.

So I minded my own business by utilizing my famously feline agility to deftly snatch the phone out of her hand and toss it across the room, where it would do no more damage. She slapped me and stormed away to seek managerial succor. Eventually, I was visited by a black-suited agent of order, who asked whether he might have a word.

One of my regular complaints about living in DC are the idiots who are continuously on their phones while walking down the sidewalk, riding a bike, or shopping. bigstock-Disturbed-Audience-30180929.jpgAs these folks walk and text, they wobble from side to side, bump into other people, and change speed continuously. As I follow one of the jerks down the sidewalk, I'll often mutter a "c'mon..." as I finally scoot around them. They annoy the hell out of me.

Then there are the offenders are those who simply can't escape their Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail long enough to go do something in public they, presumably, want to do - like go to a theater, concert, or movie. Worst of all are the folks who presume no one will mind if they just have a quick yack at the top of their lungs about Aunt Betty's varicose veins on a crowded bus or how to properly file a Form SB82734-E(9) for consideration by the Department of Nobody Gives A Shit while seated in a crowded theater.

Is it okay to grab someone else's property and heave it against a wall? No. But it's also not okay to annoy the piss out of every member of the general public you encounter. Only one petty crime is illegal unfortunately, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and say nothing happens to Williamson.

Sometimes a small rebellion is justified.

(Rude cell phone user graphic via Bigstock)


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