January 15, 2015 10:30 am -

[su_right_ad]Richard Bridger was watching “Taken 3” with his caretaker in Epsom, Surrey, and was asked to leave 40 minutes into the film.

The 31-year-old, whose Duchenne muscular dystrophy confines him to an electric wheelchair, was then told not to return on Saturday nights by the member of staff.

It came after six of the 200 people watching the film complained that Mr Bridger’s ventilator was making too much noise.

The incident was described as ‘disgusting’ by Mr Bridger’s father who added the sound of his son’s ventilator is no louder than that of rustling crisp packets and crunching popcorn…

‘Richard has been going to the cinema since it opened and, in the last four years, has required the use of the ventilator to keep his carbon dioxide levels down which can be life-threatening if they are raised too high.

‘All he wanted to do was go out and watch a film and it takes a lot of organisation to arrange for Richard to go out.

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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.

11 responses to Disabled Man Kicked Out Of Movie Theater Because Of Noisy Ventilator

  1. edmeyer_able January 15th, 2015 at 10:39 am

    These are the kinds of things that happen that make me wish Karma was a reality in the universe.

  2. Mephistophiles January 15th, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Stories like this make me ashamed to be human.

    • edmeyer_able January 15th, 2015 at 11:07 am

      Don’t let them make you feel that way,think of those that complained as a sub species of humans. Use them as an inspiration to do better when you can to help someone in need.

  3. EnuffBull January 15th, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Yet I get told to “deal with it” when bringing attention to single parents changing the diapers of screaming infants on the sticky aisle floor of an R-rated flick.

  4. Carla Akins January 15th, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    The simple resolution would have been to thank Mr Bridger for his patronage, and offer Wednesday evening shows at no charge for his understanding and help in meeting everyone’s needs.

  5. tracey marie January 15th, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    The 6 people sitting near him had to listen to and be distracted by the ventilator. They are very noisy. Like Carla suggests, apologize and ask him to come back on a less crowded day gratis

  6. StoneyCurtisll January 15th, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    If you have seen Taken, Taken 2, there is no need to see Taken 3…
    How many times do you have to see Liam Neeson rescue his wife/Daughter from the clutches of kidnappers.

    • edmeyer_able January 15th, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      Fair warning Stoney, you’re talking about Anomalys crush right now, she gave me hell for bad mouthing him this morning.

    • whatthe46 January 15th, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      for your information mr. smarty pants, i just watched taken 3 last night. and when it comes out on blu ray, i’m gonna get it too. then i’ll have taken, 2 and 3. HA! leave liam alone!

      • fahvel January 16th, 2015 at 1:04 pm

        check Liam’s appearance in Battleship. Maybe a different image will be created.