A man is suing a woman for the cost of a cinema ticket because she texted during a date.
Brandon Vezmar, 37, said the woman left the screening after he complained about her phone use.
He filed the petition in Austin, Texas last week for $17.31, saying her behaviour was “a threat to civilised society”.
But the unnamed woman has refused to reimburse Mr Vezmar, telling the Austin American-Statesman: “This is crazy.”
“It was kind of a first date from hell,” Mr Vezmar told the newspaper.
He asked her to step outside to text, which she did.
However, she never returned.
She said: “I had my phone low and I wasn’t bothering anybody.”
The petition states: “While damages sought are modest, the principle is important as defendant’s behaviour is a threat to civilized society.”
Tim League, the cinema company’s chief executive, has said he will compensate the plaintiff with a gift certificate if he drops his lawsuit.
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