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On a recent episode of All Things Legal, Craig Ashton and Ed Schade took some time to discuss one such topic, regarding Brandon Vezmar, 37, of Austin, who is seeking $17.31 in compensation, which was the price of the movie ticket to a 3D showing, from a Round Rock woman he took on a date to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The woman committed the ignoble crime of “texting during a movie he liked.”

“It was kind of a first date from hell,” he said, explaining that the woman refused to stop messaging when challenged by Vezmar.

When he told her to text outside, Vezmar claims, the woman left the theater and left him without a ride back home.

The woman, defended herself saying she only texted two or three times. “I had my phone low and I wasn’t bothering anybody, except my date,” she said.

So the question is, does Vezmar has grounds to sue?

 

The common sense answer is that lawsuits are long and expensive. You would a need a specific reason to ask for money back. Then there is the issue of collecting the money. This just prolongs the pain, and what message does this send to your potential next girlfriend? Additionally, the fees he’s paying to bring this suit (filing + service: $121) are 7x what he’s asking for ($17.31).

“I think that men are being exploited by people like the defendant,” Vezmar complained. What he forgets here is that expenses accrued during a date are gifts. A date should not be “quid pro quo”, as Craig Ashton and Ed Schade discussed on All Things Legal. “Every date is a gamble and paying for an overpriced movie ticket entitles you to exactly nothing”.

Unless there is a very clear case (e.g. you loaned her a substantial amount and have some evidence that this was not a gift), you probably do not have grounds to sue your bad date. I think most people would try to move on and focus on a happier future life.

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