November 11, 2014 8:00 am -

[su_right_ad]A bright-screened phone being used in a movie theater can be disruptive when trying to watch a movie.  Mace is more so.

The American Film Institute screening of the biopic at the TCL Chinese theater in Hollywood had just gotten underway when a man near the back row asked a woman sitting in front of her to turn off her phone, whose screen was visibly glowing.

“He was saying ‘Excuse me sir, could you please turn off your screen'” over and over, the eyewitness tells Mashable (he had apparently mistaken the woman for a man). After repeating himself several times, and without a response, the man then tapped the woman on the shoulder.

The woman reacted angrily to being touched, and “flipped out” on him, the eyewitness said. “She stands up and starts cursing, saying ‘You hit me, you hit me, I’m going to call the police.” She then turned the phone’s flashlight function on and pointed it directly at the man’s face.

The awkward standoff lasted for nearly a minute, the witness said, and she continued shining the light even as people all around implored her to turn it off and sit down. As the man was calmly defending himself, she then told him she had mace and started digging in her bag.

Without hesitation, she took the cap off the bottle, pointed it directly in his face and sprayed him at point-blank range. The man and the woman sitting next to him sat for a moment in shock as she sat back down. As the couple left, the man slapped the woman on the arm and said something to her, the eyewitness said.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

12 responses to Woman Maces Man At Movie Theater Who Asks Her To Turn Off Her Phone

  1. Carla Akins November 11th, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Was the whisper; “your crazy ass is going back on the meds”? She should have been arrested for assault.

  2. Tommy6860 November 11th, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Wow, some people seriously cannot do without their mobile devices.

    • R.J. Carter November 11th, 2014 at 11:54 am

      She’d have been happier waiting for the film to come to her Netflix app.

  3. allison1050 November 11th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Crazy cow.

  4. R.J. Carter November 11th, 2014 at 11:54 am

    “Slapped the woman on the arm.”

    Sir, you missed. But we’ll blame the mace-blindness.

  5. red-diaper-baby 1942 November 11th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    People are insane. Have we always been this way, or is it something new? Are we reacting to the stressful times? I’m 72, and I don’t recall people behaving like this before, even in wartime. But perhaps it simply wasn’t publicized.

  6. Budda November 11th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Another reason I don’t go to the movies…

  7. Bunya November 11th, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    The guy should be thankful he wasn’t in Florida. Sure, his eyes will hurt for awhile, but at least he’s still alive to sue the clown that maced him.

  8. Candide Thirtythree November 12th, 2014 at 8:49 am

    How did it not clear out the whole theater? When my son was in Police Explorers, I was the chaperone so I stayed through all the demonstrations and mace made everyone around scurry to get out of the way.

  9. mmaynard119 November 13th, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Those odd Hollywood dating rituals.

  10. ctiii December 1st, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Thank god open carry wasn’t there.