On his blog, Wil Wheaton describes an encounter with an inconsiderate asshole at a concert at the Hollywood Bowl:
The calls quickly turned from "I'm at the concert and they sound awesome!" to "So, what are you doing this weekend? Oh my god did you see [some stupid gossip thing.]?!"
I paid $60 for my ticket, before the Ticketbastard fees. Surely this woman had spent a similar amount of money. She really wanted to spend the show shouting into her phone?
Two songs later, I couldn't take it any more. I turned around and said, "Would you please try to talk a little more quietly?"
This is when I saw that she was near the bottom of one of these 32 ounce sangrias they sell at the Bowl. Perfect.
"Hold on," she said into her phone. "What?"
"I said, would you please talk a little more quietly? You're really loud."
She rolled her eyes at me. "Whatever, dude."
Something in me snapped. Before I knew it, I said, "Hey! I don't want to listen to your fucking phone calls. I want to listen to the Police."
Good for him for calling the creep out. There's a flood of people in his comments reporting similar behavior. I know I've run into my share of self-centered inconsiderate asshats at movies and similar events. Who raises these people?
You know, Heinlein had the right idea when he said "an armed society is a polite society." I have a modest proposal.
We need to spend more on taser technology and develop one that doesn't give people heart attacks. Once a safe but reliably incapacitating taser is developed, we should all carry one. The tasers will be equipped with digital cameras. Then we need a new rule: the OWTITYOA rule. That stands for "One Warning, Then I Tase Your Obnoxious Ass" Rule. Under this rule, if someone is acting in an inconsiderate manner at an entertainment venue like a movie, concert, or sporting event, anyone can give them one warning. If they don't heed, you can tase them. Now no doubt a few minutes later, when they recover control of their bowels and higher brain functions, the jerkass will complain. But here's the second part of the rule: if a jury of ten movie- or concert-goers agree that the person was acting like a douche based on the digital camera footage, the taser-wielder is immune to criminal or civil liability.
Who's with me?
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