So I'm working a pretty chill night shift doing quality control for each of our screens.
It's a weeknight so of course its extremely slow and my desire for some sort of excitement is matched only by my anticipation for the shift to end.
I go into one of our smaller theaters for a routine check, and I notice a guest sitting in one of the front rows on her cell phone.
Being an avid fan of cinema, I know all too well how infuriating and distracting someone on their cell phone can be.
I quietly approach this guest, and lean over to her and in a polite whisper asking her to put the phone away.
Being engrossed in whatever was so urgent that she couldn't just exit the theater and check her phone, she hadn't noticed me approach her.
My whisper makes her jump as she exclaims "DAMN", further distracting the rest of the theater. I leave a little annoyed but satisfied that she won't interrupt the movie any longer.
I wouldn't have thought of the incident twice until she exits after me, looking for a fight.
"How dare you! Never do that again!"
I'm taken aback. Sure I startled her but she was doing something that she knew she shouldn't have.
I explain that it wasn't my intention to scare her and that she shouldn't have been on her phone as it was distracting for the other guests.
"You need to have a sign telling me that."
I'm further taken aback not only by her stubbornness but her stupidity as well.
Whether it was my yearning for something interesting to happen that night or my disdain of inconsiderate people, I snapped.
We proceeded to get into a very heated argument about common sense, public manners etc.
At this point she knows she's lost. Each of her faulty rebuttals were like a Christmas gift, allowing me further opportunity to point out how much of a colossal ditz she was.
She decides to play her trump card:
"How about we go talk to your manager."
I call her bluff, indicating how my manger would love to hear how she was not only causing a disturbance for the guests, but the employees as well.
She mutters something under her breath, and returns to her theater utterly defeated.
While this was definitely not the way theater policy would have wanted me to handle the situation,
I was still proud knowing that another rude and entitled customer wasn't apologetically kissed on the ass like all the other ones do.
TL;DR If you're on your phone during a movie, just put it the fuck away.