The following is an opinion piece from Alex Gervasi.
This is Brandon Vezmar.
Real life. pic.twitter.com/kKVmp6rk4B— Brandon Vezmar (@BrandonVezmar) May 18, 2017
I kind of wish I wasn't giving this guy more publicity, but I think this is important to talk about.
The guy above is suing a woman for roughly $17 because she was texting on their date during Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
Yes, seventeen dollars.
This situation became a media firestorm when he did an interview with a local Austin newspaper. Brandon (37) stated that because she was texting, it was the date from hell. (We'll come back to this.)
The woman didn't even know he was suing her until the newspaper called her to which she replied, "Oh my God. This is crazy!"
Yes. Yes, it is.
According to her, she was texting her friend who was having a huge fight with her boyfriend. When Vezmar asked her to text outside the theater, she just left.
Vezmar was so indignant, that he demanded his $17 back. She claims he even texted her little sister asking for the money.
Before I continue, I need to stress that I ABSOLUTELY HATE WHEN PEOPLE TEXT DURING MOVIES. It is seriously one of my biggest pet peeves. Just so you know where I stand on that issue.
That being said, this guy seems like he sucks.
Check out this text exchange.
Flaky plaintiff has now put out statement saying I made her feel unsafe during movie. Sure. Here’s us texting. You judge. pic.twitter.com/41sdQNPEL9— Brandon Vezmar (@BrandonVezmar) May 17, 2017
The woman released a statement saying the following:
I did have a very brief date with Brandon, that I chose to end prematurely. His behavior made me extremely uncomfortable, and I felt I needed to remove myself from the situation for my own safety. He has escalated the situation far past what any mentally healthy person would. I feel sorry that I hurt his feelings badly enough that he felt he needed to commit so much time and effort into seeking revenge. I hope one day he can move past this and find peace in his life.
I love how loaded this statement is. She basically said "Wow. This guy is so fragile and upset he was rejected that he is exhausting this much time and effort over $17.31."
Honestly, I believe her. This guy is suing someone over $17. It's not hard for me to believe that he made her uncomfortable and fearful when he asked her to put her phone away.
So back to the part where he said that this date was the "date from hell." Some women had some things to say about that.
Hi do you know what women consider a date from hell, one where they are in physical danger https://t.co/i7KEkCwaj6— Alisha Rai (@AlishaRai) May 17, 2017
His worst date: a woman once spent 3 hours talking about herself.— Alisha Rai (@AlishaRai) May 17, 2017
@USATODAY Women's first date from hell- being kidnapped, tortured, raped and murdered. Men's first date from hell texting— Rjr (@RJRainer) May 17, 2017
@BrandonVezmar And she doesn't owe you anything just because you paid for her movie ticket. That's what dates are for, loser, to get to know the person..— Marilyn Garcia (@marie24_06) May 18, 2017
@USATODAY Could you maybe highlight HER perspective? This guy made her uncomfortable & now is using legal system to stalk her.— SonomaLass (@SonomaLass) May 17, 2017
If you take 30 seconds to look at this guy's Twitter, you can see he is really amped about all of the attention.
Listen, I am currently trying to date and it's not easy. Some dates are good. Some dates are bad. That is the risk you take when you go out with someone. That is dating. Just because you ask someone out and it doesn't go as planned, doesn't mean you are entitled to use the legal system to harass them to get your money back.
As one website put it, "Persistently harassing someone to the point of bringing a lawyer and national attention to your “cause” doesn’t make you a hero striking back against rude theatre goers everywhere; it makes you a controlling a-hole."
I can't help but agree and I cannot stress this enough... I absolutely HATE when people text during movies. It's 100% a deal-breaker for me.
Dating can be scary enough as is. When you throw male entitlement into the mix, it's even more terrifying. This man felt like a woman owed him something even though he asked her out. He took that risk. It didn't go as planned and she removed herself from the situation when she felt unsafe.
I feel like this is less about the money and more about his ego. It usually is.
By the way, the CEO of Alamo Drafthouse (a huge movie theater chain based in Texas) is offering Brandon a gift certificate for $17.31 to put this all to rest.
We'll see if he takes them up on it.
Probably not. It looks like he's enjoying the attention too much based on his tweets.
Update: She has give him the money back. Check out that moment below.